As I take focus on my photography style, I'm noticing that I'm primarily a candid shooter. The majority of my shots I find myself sitting back, observing a scene and then grabbing something unseen. In doing this little exercise, I realize that I need to step out of this little comfort zone to create the type of images I really want to do.
I've been focusing on more studio style "created shots" in the past few months. I have a good handle on my lighting, but I find myself challenged by the poses and directing models. As I do more of it, I'm finding more comfort in it. But the biggest thing I've found that's helped is "finding a vision" of what I want before I start to shoot.
So, to find my vision and plan a little better, I've taken up sketching again. Not anything detailed, just gesture drawing. I find that it's a great way for me to gather my thoughts and pre-shoot a scene and concentrate on the shot before I take the picture.
I shared this idea with a friend last night and was told, "but I can't draw". The great thing about gesture drawing is that you don't HAVE to be good. It's just a matter of getting the pose right. I've included a couple links for people who want to learn a little more about this technique.