I hear this a lot, how do “I” get better at photography? I always say go out & shoot everything under the sun sunrise, sunset, events, people, portraiture with lighting, documentaries or journalists style... find out what genre drives your passion. Once you find that out, go out & shoot as much as you can, minimum twice a week. You have to put in the time or you’ll get nowhere real fast! I didn’t get to where I am just shooting once a week, I have thousands of hours under my belt. I’ve made a shitload of mistakes, more than I’d like to admit!
If you're complacent with shooting once a week, staying home & watching YouTube or CreativeLive, you’ll get better, eventually, but it’ll take 10 times longer than someone who’ll watch the video & then go out & shoot that technique. You’ll make a ton of mistakes but the next time you shoot it you’ll get better, OJT (on the job training) the best practice you can do. How do I know this? Because I was that guy who shot once a week, sometimes once every 2 weeks. I would spend the next 2-3 weeks editing my pictures, the ones that I'm deleting now, & try to make it look better. They say that you can't polish a turd, & that was so true with what I was doing. I thought that I was getting better but only in my eyes, in retrospect it was crap, & it remained that way until I finally realized that I wasn't fooling anybody but myself! I made it a point to find a meetup group & started shooting more & more & with every shoot my composition & imagery became more meaningful.