when we look at a photo, the creator is trying to tell us something, if we can't get a message, something is wrong, either the message is unclear or the creator fail to express himself. we will conclude: "don't know what you want to say?"
we always say "a photo speaks a thousand words", what if a photo speak nothing? what good is this photo?
for me, the main thing that I lookout for is the composition. and the focus in your subject. If your picture is a general snap with no focus, and nobody can tell what you're focusing on in the 1st or 2nd glance... smth is wrong
if you look at more photos, that is the best way to learn. asking people to write text, when you have no pictures to look at , no basis on judge them.. that is useless.
read up on compositional theory, the net has a wealth of articles on this, along with examples. look at what is deemed to be good photography.. the top viewed galleries in pbase tend to be something good.
Sometimes it is not necessary to use the rule of thirds.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the subject.
Sometimes the background may merge with the content.
Sometimes image maker cannot decide "what makes a good photo?"
It's what you can see what others do not.
From a side note, we can say you will never
see the big picture if you think there is a rule
to identify what makes a good picture.
In certain composition we not only have to use
all the elements available, but all that we can
borrow at the time the shutter is released.
(1) Technical - exposure, focusing, PP (if any), lighting, etc..
(2) Theme/Story - Does the shot clearly convey the story/theme the photographer is trying to convey ? Is the subject/s chosen appropriate/suitable ? The moment ?
Of course the masters had no issue in using (1) to further fortifying (2) :thumbsup: