At this year's YAPC::NA I tried to take a different tactic for the conference - instead of bringing my laptop everywhere and being anti-social I took my camera everywhere to be anti-social instead.
I got some fairly decent photos. Most could have been a lot better if I just could force myself to remember one thing:
CHECK YOUR SETTINGS!
I took so many pictures at needlessly high ISOs - very frustrating. I think I've saved most of them by converting to black and white (for some reason my eyes don't mind grain in B&W images). I've also converted some pics to B&W for purely artistic reasons.
I was also experimenting this week with setting the white-balance manually. I'm not going to do that any more as along with getting the settings all wrong too frequently, I also found that the builtin settings often got it wrong too.
The final boob I repeated several times was to leave the hood on my lens while taking flash photos, leaving a big shadow in some pictures. I've had to crop a few pictures quite severely to take that out.
I feel like such a n00b when it comes to photography. Which is all the more reason why I find it so much fun.
I'll post a link when they are all converted from RAW (probably take most of the day!).