"Good photos come from experience; experience comes from bad photos," says Nigel Danson, a landscape photographer with over 150k subscribers on his YouTube channel where he gives tips and techniques for landscape photography.
In his recent video, he analyzes some of his “bad” photos and gives 5 points to consider in order to tell whether a shot is good or bad (I have added explanatory questions to go along with them):
Balance - Do the various elements in your photo complement one another?
Flow - Is there a simple and easy-to-follow direction for the viewer’s eyes?
Attention - Which details stand-out and are being emphasized?
Simplicity - Can your viewer understand what’s going on in the photo?
Distractions - Is there too much going on at one time in the photo?
Danson discusses what makes a photo a good one at 8:11.
These tips are just a guide and he cautions that,
It’s a good idea to get other people’s feedback, but then you’ve got to treat it with care; if you just take everyone’s feedback, then everyone’s gonna have something different and you’ll end up with nothing.
So, get feedback from other people but remember to stay true to your vision for each image because it’s easy to get lost in the woods.