When you're first starting out in photography, it can be difficult knowing which questions to ask, especially given the multiple facets of the pursuit. However, there seems to be one question that both beginners and professionals seem to fall into asking, and it's way less important than we make it seem to be.
Hop on Facebook or Instagram, find a nice photo by a photographer you admire, and find the first few comments by other photographers. I guarantee that somewhere in there is the question: "what were your settings?" It's almost automatic for most of us to ask that when we see a photo we like, but as Tony Northrup talks about in this great video, it highlights a flaw in how we think about what makes a photograph. Sure, settings matter, but with a second look, you can normally make a pretty educated guess at what they were in a given image. More importantly, they don't matter to the degree we pretend they do when it comes to understanding how a great image was made. I think we latch onto them because shutter speeds and apertures are hard numbers that are much more easily grasped than the creative process. But if we want to become better photographers, we need to ask the more difficult questions.