Given a task to photograph a subject in a particular location, different photographers can come up with different results. Different results can be obtained by varying 6 key parameters.
- Shooting the same subject from a different angle.
- Keeping the subject in different size and different part of the image.
- Shooting from different distance from the subject.
- Choosing how bright or dark the image should be.
- Shooting with different intentional out of focus of background or foreground in the frame.
- Shooting with different motion blur, when there are moving objects in the scene.
not 7. Changing the lighting that illuminates the scene. But it changes the scene/subject. And a photographer may not always have liberty to do it.
A photograph can look great or so so, by varying the above 6 parameters. But what looks good or bad is a matter of taste.
- But looks like most great award winning or liked, shared, +1ed photographs, won the audience for what was photographed, more than how it was photographed. It is the subject not the photograph itself. Just like it is the story not the writing that matters most.
- And the professionals seem to use auto-focus a lot. The costlier cameras are made costlier by having more auto-focus points etc... They fall back to manual focus only when AF fails. IOW actually professional camera's are easier to use than a consumer/prosumer cameras with lots of limitations.