I joined a camera club registered for this forum and subscribed to magazines all in the quest to improve my photography. Has it worked? I'm not sure it has. I've been looking through my old photo's of New York having only had my first camera a few months, and yes there are lots of mistakes i wouldn't make now, but there are lots of rather good ideas, arguable more creative ideas than more recent years. Have i got too bogged down with rules of composition etc... and stifled my creativity? Back then i didn't have or know any rules. Technically i'm more accomplished, but a better photographer? I don't think so.