At the beginning of last year I set myself the challenge of shooting in manual mode as much as possible, in order to work on my photography skills and really see what I was capable of. I've been working at it, and I think I am definitely getting better. I'm still not confident to go 100% manual, especially in situations where certain moments just can't be missed, but in situations where there are no time constraints I can have some fun and really experiment.
I've also been working on my editing skills. I discovered some awesome Photoshop actions from Greater than Gatsby. I only have the free samples at the moment, but I intend on buying a couple of collections once I get my new computer (it's on order, hopefully only a week or two more away!). I've only used the basic Clean Edit action on these, and bumped up the vibrancy on some to really make the colours pop.
I'd love to hear what you think of these, I always love getting feedback on my photography practice, good or bad. It all helps me to get better and work on different things. All of these shots were taken on my Canon 600D with a 50mm f/1.8 lens (the nifty fifty).