One of the most important things you should do as a photographer is to review your portfolio with a pro. Critiquing (not criticizing – big difference) your work is the best way by far to improve quickly.
Full disclosure: I offer this as a service. Portfolio reviews can be done via Skype/online and are a very beneficial formof tuition. “Tough love” is a way of introducing feedback.
And however you do it, get that feedback. Every good learning system, from evolution in biology to op-amps in electronics, uses feedback to adjust its output to external traction to that output.
So however you do it, get feedback, and then act on it in Lightroom or Aperture and become your own critic.
In the next week, some examples. Stay tuned!