One of the best things I ever learned to do when I was first starting out was to find feature pictures.
No matter where I was working at the time, I was continually sent out to find something interesting in the community. Some days I only drove for a couple minutes before finding a compelling subject. Other days I stressed and feared of not finding anything before eventually stumbling across something.
Whether it was an easy hunt or not, it has been one of the most rewarding skills I ever developed - being able to find and make something of nothing.
To those that aren't in the business, it might sound easy, unless you're doing it multiple times a week. Ideas run out quickly and you're forced to be creative, talk to strangers and know what's happening in your town and surrounding communities - all in order to return with a candid, eye-catching moment.
Recently, driving through Pennsylvania, I stumbled across a demolition derby. Curious, and with time to spare, I introduced myself to the owners, who graciously allowed me to photograph the event.
I spent less than two hours playing around, including: talking to the drivers, working on my skills, and trying to find a interesting picture. It reminded me of past feature hunts and I left there refreshed remembering that even the small events can present interesting pictures.