I feel like I've just plain stopped improving. One thing that bothers me is that I've been into photgraphy for such a short time (7 months). People say to get better, shoot lots of photos, I must shoot at least 30 photos a day and I feel like I jumped leaps and bounds from my start, but have reached the edge of improvement for me..... it's really weird. I got SOOOOOOOOO much better than I was when I opened the box to my XT, but the first 4 months was where I did ALL my improving. The photos from the past 3 months all look about the same in terms of pleasurable overall look. Sure I can take low noise shots, in focus, with good saturation and contrast. My friends all say I am an amazing photographer but I am the only kid in my highschool with a DSLR and part of 10% that knows manual settings of any camera. I get told I'm great by people with nothing but snapshots, I know if I post here I only get responses such as "getting there" or "alright" but I've never gotten the "Wow, that is amazing" feeling I get from some photos by people on here. I don't get them from my own photos, or from others looking at my photos. Closest thing I got was on one car pic, where someone who does automotive photography said "I live for photos that turn out like these" yet I still see car pics better than mine all over this site.(by the way, continue to tell me that I'm not that great if you feel that way, I don't want to be lied to as a pity case because of this thread, it isn't a "Feel sorry for me and give me some false ego strokes" thread, I simply want improvement, and possibly an optimistic statement , but only if you feel what you say is true) Maybe comparing myself to people who have done this for years isn't the best for my self esteem, but how do you -kick-yourself to the next level? I know the technical stuff, I know how exposure works, and I know the cliche situations to apply them, but I have trouble getting an overal shot of power. I think, and I hate saying this, as it is the only thing you can't tell me, I have to find it for myself, what subject matter will interest people without being completely cliche. I think I lack the artists eye. I am a technical photographer at this point only............... I just feel kind of down, anyone know a way I can go out there kickstart my improvement streak to be set in motion again? (P.S. I've felt this way for a while, but it was the photo posted by Sw1tchFX (the HDR on the Workshop of the Damned, so consider that a compliment. Not to make you feel bad for being so talented (jealousy is the greatest form of flattery <actually mocking is but jealousy is a close 2nd>) that I feel my photography is worthless by comparison.