I want to learn skills in everything I do, as much as possible or as much as my capabilities will allow me. That is who I am as a person.
In writing, photography and in everything else actually, one should now basic principles in order to pass the message without unnecessary mess.
Communicating in a foreign language f.e. One has to learn some basic grammar in order to communicate better with people. For sure, someone who doesn’t know basic grammar and knows just a few words will manage to communicate with others. It wont be that easy and people wont understand immediately, but the message will be understood eventually. That kind of approach demands that the person involved in conversation must invest their additional time and effort to understand what is exactly that you want to say.
Applied to photography that means that even though one took a busy photo, if there you can find a subject with true emotion captured or a still object with a great light on it, that would be a sort of successful photo. Photographer captured what is the most important in the photo but now just needs to learn how to clean the mess up and emphases the most important feature.
Learn some grammar that is! Make things easier for the other people, make them comprehend what is that you want to say right away.
There is another catch as well, learning proper rules might help in better communications, but even when someone learn every rule there is, those rules wont guarantee them better understanding of the message he/she want to send. Or you can read it this way, if you nail your composition, exposure and every technical element but somehow there is no message or the point of the photo there then it’s just an average photo. Nothing wrong with that if that is what you are satisfied with.
Take my English for example. It’s ok, let’s say, it has some problems and grammar issues but somehow I manage to pass my message. I speak English since I was 10 and I learn it by myself, not in school or courses. I speak German ,not fluently, but somehow I manage.
Everything I learn about photography is self thought also, so better watch yourself carefully, I may be completely wrong.
It’s important to note though that I do want to know what I need to know in order to communicate easier and better. My desire to be understood better drives me to learn more. Do I put grammar before the impact of my writing? No, the impact is much more important then some rules. It’s same in photography.
Look around your self and observe, there is just something in people that separates them from being just skillful and being successful in what they want to say.
Maybe you should ask yourself, who are you, someone who wants to be skilled or someone who cares about impact/message they want to pass along? I think, the answer on this question will help you clarifying your work and everything else. Understanding who you are in this terms will help you tremendously.