When I take a picture, I see it as an opportunity to make art. What mood am I trying to convey? What drew me into taking this shot? How can I make this picture say more? Colors, composition, emotion, and lighting are all important parts of making a picture a work of art and should be considered both before and after you take a picture. What I mean is that there are decisions you can choose to make your pictures even better before you take your picture and in post-production.
Above is a picture I took at Disney's Magic Kingdom. In my head, knew I wanted it to be dark and mystical and had anticipated when and how I would take the picture. I could see it in my mind and loved the dark feel I knew I could get by taking this picture and then in post-production, I could manipulate the picture so that the end result would be what I had first envisioned and knew I could create before I ever took the picture.
It seems as if Cinderella's Castle is being house sat and redecorated by the evil Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty or maybe Cinderella's Castle by night turns into a fortress more fierce, protected, and not to be messed with! That's one street-smart princess! Mmm-hmm!
The next time you take out your camera of choice, stop, take a breath, and think about how you can make the picture you're about to take something even better.