There are countless rules to making great photographs.
From the obvious basic compositional guidelines, such as the rule of thirds and Robert Capa’s famous adage, “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” to the more esoteric principles of diagonals, leading lines and golden triangles. But like all rules, the fundamentals of composition are there to be bent (and broken). And besides the technicals, beauty and art are so subjective that it’s difficult to conclude with any authority that a photograph could ever be “the best”. So, how *do* you know when you’ve got the best shot? I suppose it’s all of the above and more. It’s a lot of practice. It’s a little patience. It’s heaps of repetition. Often it takes planning. And sometimes it’s just luck. But mostly it’s a feeling. It’s like asking yourself how you know when you’re truly in love. You just know.
Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage, Japan