Being a hobby photographer and enjoying it very much, I find it helpful to read an occasional book on photography. Many times I have done so and found that the one or two things I have learned and applied have taken my hobby to another level. "Beyond the Lens" is a book of encouragement, inspiration, tips, and examples of Robert Rodriguez's excellent image making. The Kindle version does not show up in colour on my Kindle model, but nevertheless, I can see, even in the black and whites, what he is striving to teach.
What I came away this time, is two things. Know your equipment, whatever the level it may be at, and practise, practise, practise.
The greatest thing ever about digital photography is the fact that it costs nothing but time and effort to do this.
I am finding that both of these tips are helping me. I have been 'out' on numerous occasions already this spring and have come up with some great images. I may never reach the level of a professional like Rodriguez, but I am having a wonderful and creative time trying to get even half way there.
The book is short and sweet, and an easy read, and one should be able to take something out of it that will help on the very next click of the shutter.