It's difficult to predict when or where a great photo opportunity will arise. Only by heading out with your camera often will your percentage of keepers improve. Perfection is never the goal, but simply doing your best is. Rather than settling for the same tried and true formula, challenge yourself to try new techniques. Free yourself of the notion that professionals don't have bad days or take poor photos. It's all a necessary part of the artistic process. As the Hall of Fame hockey player Wayne Gretzky said, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
The most powerful photography sensor available is not found in the camera, but within yourself. The secret lies within your ability to recognize emotion, and document it with a photo. It doesn't matter if you're using a DSLR, Mirrorless camera, point and shoot, or smartphone. Although today’s camera ads promise that just about anyone can take a great photo, it’s merely a marketing gimmick. A memorable event transcends technology.