I took over 800 photos while on vacation. Some people may say that's a bit crazy (ahem, Kelsa), and to some extent I agree. But the thing is, when I'm out with camera in hand every photo I take teaches me something. There so much to learn about my camera, its sweet focal spots, it natural coloring, the way it meters light, the graininess of my images when I bump up their ISO. No two camera are alike and I can honestly say that after this trip, I know my camera whole lot better. We tight.
It gave me great joy to realize that about midway through my trip, I stopped shooting in automatic modes. I'd switch it to one of the presets every now and again, but usually if I was compsoing a shot, I'd flip it to manual. I started noticing that I could get better images by reading mycamera than I could when I let it choose. In fact, I've done very little editing to the photos I took. For the most part, they are pretty good as is, which for me, is a huge accomplishment.
The direct result of my learning expereince is that I have a lot of photos that I now love. It's the downside of taking 800 photos. I'm just not sure where I'm going to be able to display them all.