Recently I discovered a new photographic process called HDR (High Dynamic Range) for which I have been waiting my whole life. This computer program has revolutionized my idea of what is possible and allows me to create precisely the images I dream about. See the section above called HDR if you are really interested in learning about it. In that section you will have links to a free tutorial that will help you every step of the way. The program costs 99 bucks, but it's worth every penny. I am in no way affiliated with the tutorial or program, I just want to pass along my knowledge that has changed my photography in a massive way.
If you feel like blowing your mind with rarely thought-of ideas, I recommend you start with The Theory of Forgetting, one of the exhibits at The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California. I love mysterious and curious things, but I'm not into conspiracy theories, UFO's nor metaphysical mumbo jumbo. I don't believe in reincarnation and consider myself to be an atheist. However, I love MJT because it forces you to think beyond what you are comfortable with. I mean, what other museum would have an exhibit featuring DECAYING DICE! Yes, I said dice, and I mean the kind you roll. And yeah, this place features microscopic paintings and sculptures on the heads of needles. If you're in LA, you simply must visit. They have Russian tea cookies, tea and a real samovar upstairs. Go.