Make pictures others haven't, I say. Sure you have to do the usual and sometimes mimic thier shots to learn. Ya, get a classic shot of say Horseshoe Bend, Superstition Mountains or the Eiffel Tower (don't do that one at night though) and feel great that you "got it" I have. Nothing wrong with that... If you wanna stay comfortable and be like everyone else. You must move on to be better. When you go out to shoot pictures you find yourself around others trying to get the same shot? Move. Go over there, sometimes WAY over there. Look at all the "other angels". Lay down. Climb a tree. A rooftop. Or someone's shoulders. Cover your camera up and run into the rain! Make your pictures provoke something. Anything. Even if it just makes YOU happy. Like this one...my youngest daughter. Hope she listens to me when I'm not there.