Recently, a PJ student asked me how to become a better photographer. My answer is short and simple: shoot, shoot, shoot and follow other photographers.
For example, you can receive photo inspirations from the Photo Blogger
I also look daily at photos on Flickr, newspapers and magazines. I look at the photos and I ask: Is the photo newsworthy? Is this shot different/original?
For me, photography is constant hard work. There is always room to improve and to learn from a photographer. So, Robert, stay open for critiques and shoot, shoot, shoot in MANUAL mode :)