I've been wondering this for a few days now, and I realize a lot of threads hint at all this, but overall... what makes something amazing and something just average-point-n-shoot stuff? Obviously good focus, exposure, angle, and such, but contrats? colors? artistic elements (such as lines, rhythm, repition, etc)? When you evaluate a photo, how much of what do you tend to look for? I've never been anything too creative up until a few weeks ago (when I started photography), and only because I took Art Appreciation as one of my basics. I've learned a lot about techniques used in paintings and drawings, like tone, contrasts, lines, form, etc, and I've been looking at that more heavily when photographing/evaluating. What's the criteria for the rest of you guys/gals? I plan on using some of this to help head me in a direction with photography, thanks everyone.