Question for the masses... If you had almost a year, with nothing pressing to do every day, how would you get better at Photography (in general)? Editing? Shooting styles? Other? I ask because my wife has a research grant that has us overseas from now until July '13 (been here about a month). Not a lot of money to spend on equipment, but lots of time. Not shooting professionally, just wanted to get into something more than a P&S, and have more control over the process. Deliberately didn't mention place at the beginning, as I am looking for more generalistic/hypothetical answers. May tell you all later... I have a G3, the 14-42 kit lens, and a few other Minolta MF lenses (Viv. 28 2.0, 45 2.0, 50 1.7, 58 1.4, JCPenny 80-200 3.9). Also have a front 2x teleconverter, and a reversing ring to put the 50 onto the 200, making it 1:1.25. Looking at trying some of the Russian lenses here, but not too many variations that look appealing to me. Keeping my eye out for some special ones, but don't have an adapter with me, so it will be a delay even if I get some of those. Most of the other brands are decently priced, but not bargains (reference the not a lot of money). Things I am looking into aquiring slowly, and may get some while I am here are a tripod, a mid-sized flash unit, the 20mm pancake, and the Pana 45-200 (no particular order there). Have a smaller 2gb card that on Raw holds exactly 100 pictures, so I have been trying to go out and shoot a couple of days a week with a single lens to almost filling it. Also have 2 16gb cards for weekend trips, etc, where I don't need to worry about space. Also have a travel backpack that can hold 2/3 of my stuff for a hike or other traveling. Have Lightroom 4.2, running it on a Core 2 Duo thinkpad (32bit, 3gb ram) so I have a photo editing program, but it really makes me appreciate the home-built i-7 desktop I left at home. Have been going through all of our old pictures and tagging and re-filing them so they are in some kind of order. Started to mess around with presets and things, downloading ones people say are good, and deciding if they help speed up the editing. Not really sure what kind of photography I want to get into. Done some portraiture (wife as quasi-willing subject), some architecture, reversing ring on order to try semblance of macro cheaply, bit of event photography at various things I have gone to. Opinions? Ideas? Sarcastic Comments (insert smiley here)? Just looking for some direction from others who may have the opposite driving force (lots of ideas on what they want to, and no time to do it).