Get Out There and Follow Your Eyes
The most valuable photographic tool you have is your own eyes. Nobody else sees the world the way you do. When you combine your perspective with a camera, you take pictures that nobody else could. While there’s a lot of inspiration to be found in iconic images from well-known photographers, it’s better to study how they made the picture they did than to seek out the exact same spot and take the exact same picture. That may teach you about camera settings, but it also prevents you from creating your own best work.
There are countless unique photo subjects out there. Combined with your own perspective and the ever-changing nature of our planet, you can take memorable photographs that nobody else can. And if you want to grab a picture of yourself holding up the Washington Monument, there’s nothing wrong with that, either.