"Your first 10,000 photographys are your worst."
Sage advice for those beginning photography in earnest, especially now that we are in the digital (non-film) age when the shutter release is pressed too often. On the other hand, the LCD screen gives immediate feedback with no waiting for film development, scans, or prints. Like any other artistic endeavor, to develop your own style and way of compositional awareness, in the end, requires years of work and mindful attention. Mastering technology, be it film or digital, needs to become second nature that requires no thought, providing for right brain creativity, without interference from the left hemisphere. For example, once you become adept at using a neutral density filter, which during some low light levels, will result in exposures of five, ten, or more minutes-you will eventually not require numerous test frames, but be able to intuitively guess an accurate exposure time within seconds on the intial try. When this happens over years of working with your equipment and technique, you begin to be one with your subject, in the moment, and not either enamored, or belabored by equipment and technology.