Sometimes we get stuck inside a box (a routine), mainly because we are comfortable with what is. In order to grow, we need to once in a while step outside our comfort zone...outside our box.
Photographers tend to focus (pun intended) on one or two types of photography. When we teach a workshop, we like to encourage people to learn something different. Instead of taking a wildlife class again, try a macro class.
In our, Art of Focus workshop with Sally Halvorsen, two of the students were nature photographers. After the workshop, one of the them commented about how different and challenging the workshop was. In nature photography (mostly birds) she was always told to make her images as sharp as possible, in Sally's class she was given creative freedom (and encouraged) to blur her images. It was like a left-brain, right-brain challenge for her. Yet, when the class was over she saw the advantage of what she learned and how she could apply it to what she really loves—bird photography.
What happens when you step out of your comfort zone?
Explore! Experiment! And, as Tony Locke says, "Repeat." Try something new. Learn something new. Create something new.
Photography and photographers... A look at both. Blame it on the light.