My camera is a Canon EOS Digital Rebel with a wide angle lens that I love to use. The lens is: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18 - 55 mm 1:3.5 - 5.6. (KamiQuasi has the same :D)
I shoot raw mostly indoors to be able to set the white point, outdoors it is mostly on automatic. If I can I use natural light for closeups. I found that the sunlight in the early morning or the late afternoon is the best light. I also love when the sky is overcast for detail shots, the shadows are not so very black then.
After I download the photos with my Canon File Viewer Utility into Photoshop Elements I discard the images that do not live up to the standards that I have set. I do not burden myself with half good images. Often I am left with only one or two decent photos out of the bunch. I then work these over in PSE.
Since I use the wide angle lens any long horizon line appears as a bowl, so I have to eliminate that by carefully using the stamp tool to get a straight line and a look that is real. I straighten lines that need to be adjusted using the Skew or Distort tool. I also use Enhance>Adjust Lighting> Shadows/Highlights… and after that Unsharp Mask.
In rare cases I select out elements that need to stand out more with a 50 to 100 px feather and pull them out into more light and more contrast, revert the selection and diminish contrast to the rest of the image. That focuses the eye on the main subject matter. I also give more saturation to the main object and less to the support part of the image.
I am a painter and look at all images from that angle: how would I paint this and what should the focus of this work be. I frame every shot carefully, always looking at the image as a canvas that needs balance and flow. Often I set up the image so objects point inward towards the subject at hand to guide the eye toward it. If I can not get it, I move on and try another angle. I have gone out and came back with nothing, but tried again under different conditions.
I have not kept any of the extra shots for the previous days but will do so for the next days to show what I do