Shoot everyday, and be critical about what you like and don't like about your photos. Here is one method, and the Leica part is optional, but definitely use only 1 camera, 1 fixed focal-length lens (no zooms!) and 1 kind of film: http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2009/05/a-leica-year.html Also, look at great photographs and try to figure out why you like them, and see if you can replicate what you like on your own. And sometimes it's good to have fairly severe and hard constraints because that actually forces you to be more creative than if you had complete freedom. For example, pick a theme for a few weeks ("photograph something so it looks like it's the only thing in the world") and try to fulfill it. Also, have a good technical understanding of how photography works --- exposure, light, f-stops, etc.