Our first winner of the "Power of 5" competition is Robyn Januszewski. Robyn entered a tip that was a common theme (keeping your camera with you always), but she had the best description of why! Congratulations Robyn - I'm sending you a Powershot A630 for your winning entry! - David.
The one thing I have found that produces my best photos is just keeping a camera with me at all times. My best shots are the unexpected things that I find to photograph while I am out walking or working - such as a discarded bike in the mud or a swirl of ice around a tree stump.
Keeping a camera close at hand elements the often heard comment "what a great shot that would make, I wish I had a camera with me." I used to take my camera but left it in the truck, figuring I would go back and get it if I saw something interesting. Needless to say, I missed a lot of shots.
Once I started taking it with me I began to get some great shots. I usually carry a point and shoot if I'm working and a digital SLR otherwise.