In response to another thread I was reading this morning, the idea popped into my head that maybe it would be cool to have an "A-Ha!" type learning thread where people could share their experiences in which they **finally** understood: (1) the exposure triangle; (2) composition; (3) portrait lighting; or (4) anything else that might be interesting to NooB or experienced photographers. I consider myself an advanced amateur at best, so I may not have that much to offer in terms of a useful A-Ha! moment, but here goes... In terms of shooting a portrait photograph that will get **good** reviews and positive criticism, I think in the past I have worked too hard on getting the technical aspects correct and I have focused less on the composition of the image. I have posted many portrait images on this forum which I considered to be technically sound, but the reviews were lukewarm at best. Perhaps it's a personality thing--regulars on here know me and I'm not friends with everybody, and this place does tend to be a bit of a popularity contest :mrgreen:, so those who are more popular get more responses and more positive critiques of their images. But back to my A-Ha! comment--in the future, I think I should worry less about nailing the technical aspects and worry more about making the photograph appear interesting. For example, maybe instead of just a head shot or a head and torso shot, I should focus instead on the person doing something, or I don't know...I'm still thinking this through. I guess if you boil it down, what I'm trying to say (and this sounds so OBVIOUS now that I'm typing it :mrgreen is that composition is more important than technical soundness. Anyhow, not that interesting but I tried my best. Anybody else care to share their thoughts?