I'm not normally one of those people who audibly expresses my approval or disapproval of whatever movie or YouTube video I'm watching while it's still playing, but this one had me yelling, "yes, thank you!" This superb video makes a point that I think needs to be made much more often.
Coming to you from Thomas Heaton, this video brings up a topic I wish we talked about much more often: the natural eye vs. the photographic eye. When I was first starting out, I had the same experience over and over: I would head out with my camera, see lots of interesting and beautiful things, and come home with mediocre shots. It took me a long time of puzzling over settings, composition, and the like to realize that the answer was something simple yet subtle: great views do not always translate to great photographs. As Heaton talks about atop a breathtaking cliff, the view is certainly spectacular, but the resultant image just isn't quite there for him, which I agree with. This can happen for any number of reasons: it could be that we're excited by some sort of fast action, but the composition of a photo of it would be too busy. It could be that our eyes are astounded by the sheer physical magnitude and beauty of something, but when you reduce that to a small two-dimensional image, it needs something else to bolster it (in Heaton's case, likely a bit more interesting light). Either way, it's tremendously important to constantly distinguish our natural eye for our photographic eye.