Empathy for the subject matter is everything.
Think of a subject that you’re passionate about. For me it’s simply people and how they behave but whatever it is for you, I’ll bet that it would be pretty easy for you to know what aspects you should include or exclude when photographing it.
The opposite must be true. If you find yourself looking through a camera at something that doesn’t really fire you then I would suspect, if you’re anything like me, that you’d be confused about what is important.
I write this because some of you may have had difficulty in ‘getting a good shot’. Not technically, that’s another matter, but aesthetically; getting a meaningful shot.
If you photograph what truly fires you up, you’ll stand more of a chance of making a document worth handing on.