I think an important part of the constructive advice process is trying to understand what you were trying to convey with the shot (I don't think about this enough myself).
For example Mike, I look at your photo and I struggle to see what you are trying to convey, outside of 'some buildings with a lawn, a sign and a ground light'.
Perhaps if you mentioned your intent in taking the shot, or what you are trying to convey, we might be able to help you better.
This applies for all photographs, not this one in particular.
I feel its important for me to explain this further.
I can give you advice only on the technical aspects of photography, which will support your goal of taking photographs which convey what you want to convey and express. Such advice includes things like depth of field, use of flash, and even more subjective rules like the rule of thirds.
What I cannot do is tell you what photographs you should be taking, or what feelings or thoughts you should be trying to convey in your photograph. That is the artistic side of it, it belongs to you, and that is what makes a good photograph.
To reach the goal of self-expression in photography, you need to have some level of proficiency in the technical aspects. Its the same as understanding different types of paint, brush strokes etc if you're a painter. The technical know-how is not an end in itself, it is used to enable you to achieve your goal of expression.
The barrier-to-entry of photography, in terms of technical know-how, has been vastly reduced with the advent of digital photography. This is a good thing for the man in the street. It means you can start taking photographs without knowing all the technical aspects. The corollary to this is that you may be less equipped to reach your goal, and be less satisfied with the results, because it doesn't come out like some other photographs taken by other people.
Again, I can't teach you self-expression. All I can do is try help you understand the technical aspects to enable you to reach your goal of self-expression.
In order to give advice on the technical aspects of photography, it is important for me to understand what you are trying to achieve with your photograph. If you are trying to convey something about the number of birds in an area (like one of the first photos in this thread), then it is important to understand how depth of field affects your shot, and how to change depth of field, so that all the birds are in focus, but not the background. Understanding depth of field does nothing for you unless you know how to use it in your photography, as and when appropriate.
If you want to take a photo of a mountain to emphasize the 'skull effect' of the cliff formation, depth of field may not be important at all, whereas composition may be very important.
The context of your photograph, what you are trying to express, determines what technical aspects are important. It is therefore vital for me to understand your goal and context before I can give technical advice.
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