Here’s a cheap tip: Always use your lens shade. The photo in my post Mediterranean See was shot without one because, well… I got excited and lost my head. So I captured a nice blue flare kite in the tree. Nice if I’d wanted a Xmas card, but bad news in a shot of gorgeous San Diego light.
Had to spend time with the clone stamp in Photoshop when I could’ve been outside watching bikinis.
The other lesson here (in the words of Larry David): curb your enthusiasm and keep your eye on the prize.