Walking Before Crawling
When I first started to get serious about photography, a few years back, I wanted to know anything and everything possible about a photo shoot, from the time the lens cap came off until saving the final image in Photoshop. I scoured the internet, looking for new and interesting photos. I reverse engineered these photographs to see what was going on. I read and read and read about how to achieve certain styles of photography.
As a beginner, I was looking to make the most wild photographs. The more off the wall they were, the more I wanted to emulate that photographer's style. Light painting and overly post processed photos along with HDR were the ones that caught my eye. I was quickly hooked on those styles and wanted to get out and make some of my own right away.