If I might say something, maybe at each stage you could add a "think before you shot" dot. At every step you will go, you will start to "play" with you "new skills", and when feeling confortable with it, start to really "think before you shot".
One of the advice I give to newbies is: when you see a non-fast-moving subject, just stop, and look for 10 seconds. Then decide how you want to shoot it.
I think the high majority of people just see the nudi, point the camera and shoot.
BUT this is then happening "again" later : you masterize good exposure, color, sharpness, you do great composition. But then it become like "logical" and you don't even have to "think" to have all these. But then you can re-start to think: "What can I add to this?"
It is the same process repeating at each level, from my point of view. "new tool (as "skill") => play => think => new tool => play => think..."
Edited by Autopsea, 03 July 2011 - 11:48 AM.