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Photography is a form of nonverbal communication. The images themselves speak to the viewer. Understanding photography means understanding communication. What are you trying to say? Is the viewer getting that message?
With verbal communication, if the person you are talking to didn't understand what you said or didn't understand what you said in the way you intended, then the communication failed. You either walk away with misunderstandings, confusion, and perhaps frustrations, or you state whatever you are trying to say in a different way so that the person might better understand.
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With a photograph, the nonverbal communication you make is permanent. Unlike verbal communication, you cannot restate whatever you are trying to convey without making an entirely new image. Whatever your photograph says cannot be changed. So it is important to nonverbally make as clear of a statement as possible.
If you are simply capturing the scene or moment that is in front of you, then you are a snapshooter, and your images will look like snapshots. Snapshots rarely communicate anything meaningful, because little or no thought is put into them. A thoughtful image will at least communicate something. If you don't place thought and care into the photograph, it will show. And if you do place thought and care into the photograph, it will show.
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If you don't even know what you are trying to say or are unsure of what you want to say, how is the viewer supposed to understand it? If you speak nonsense or gibberish, you will never successfully communicate to the listener, and if your photograph is nonsense or gibberish, the viewer will only see nonsense and gibberish.
It is only after you know exactly what you want to photograph and why that you can go about composing an image that best speaks whatever it is you want to say. It is strong communication that makes are a strong photograph.