If you’ve got to “fix” your picture in photo-editing software, you’ve made a mistake.
You must look at your own photographs with a cool, critical eye and if the person giving the critique is more interested in your photography than their own, then you’ll leave with useful information on how to improve your photography.
Although we’re working with a camera, we’re using the camera to record light much like a writer uses a pen to record their words.
Don’t believe what I, or any of your other teachers, tell you.
I talk about the camera as doing three things and, in order to help photographers to begin to develop a thought process behind their pictures, these three things MUST be done in consciously by the photographer .
Everybody seems to look for rules that will make their photography easier and better.
While rules may make your picture making easier, I don’t think rules make your photography better or help you to be a better photographer.