I'm endlessly inspired by my friends, many of whom are professional photographers. My husband and I bought our D50 from one such friend who was looking to upgrade. Another such friend suggested shooting entirely on manual to get a feel for the possibilities. And finally, someone else recommended investing in a 50 mm lens. These three events helped shape the way I take photos with a DSLR, and I've been hooked on taking pictures ever since.
I've found that the temptation with digital cameras is to take loads of pictures. There's so much memory on the card, so why not? The more pictures I take, the more I assume that there are probably a few good shots in there somewhere -- or perhaps, worse, I don't assume, but immediately scroll back through to double-check, even delete images and re-shoot, double-check again, etc. For me, this habit is distracting to being in the moment.
And, for me, that is the key element in any photograph: the moment. I'm drawn to movement and details. At the risk of sounding pretentious, it should be like a glance, natural and simple; a moment that may have otherwise gone unnoticed or unremembered, yet offers the viewer a sense of the environment, the mood, and quality of light.