There are two ways to take really good pictures. If you get an excellent camera and really learn what it can do, you can take amazing pictures.
Or you can get a pretty good, simple to operate, durable camera and go to amazing places. Keep your eye open for things that take your breath away... and take the shot.
My first parachute jump, the jumpmaster asked what was in the pouch on my shoulder strap.
"My camera. I thought I'd take some shots on my way down."
He smirked. "You're an idiot. The second you jump out of that plane you'll forget it's even there."
One of my favorite pictures (predigital, I can't post it) is of my own boots at 3000 feet.
Same with a lot of things. I'm plowing through a book right now that will be coming out in '12, doing the rewrites, making the editor happy and it is really, really apparent (especially on first drafts) that I'm not that good a writer. But the book is about things that you really can't see at a distance. About what goes on inside (and what is supposed to) when an officer makes a force decision.
Go to amazing places and keep your eyes open, or polish the skill. Either creates some good stuff.