Be patient. I am guilty of taking short cuts…. like not using a tri-pod when I know I should. When I do, I can investigate an area from the banks of a stream for instance. I can spend an hour or more trying various settings, depth of field exposures (don’t you love the instant feedback of digital cameras ? They are a lot different and less costly than film in the old days) and other settings.
It’s amazing what you can find in a very confined space. Since my mobility has become very difficult in recent years, I now see what I was missing when before I could just shoot a shot, then walk 50 yards and shoot something else and move on rapidly.
Now I take the time to really see what’s around me and enjoy the wonder of God’s creation. The minute details are awe-inspiring. The complexity of His majesty, if for no other reason, made me a believer.
So, be patient. Good photos are all around you….. just waiting to be creatively taken.