While the technical side of the photography world will sit there thinking about and citing 100% sharpness, dynamic range, high ISO results, etc. you have to remember that all of this simply gets in the way of you actually creating a good photograph. The honest truth is that it is simultaneously 100% possible to create a God-awful image with high megapixels and a sharp lens or a jaw droppingly gorgeous photo with a crappy plastic lens and a tiny sensor. In fact, it’s done everyday–there are loads of people out there with super expensive gear that believe it will help them take good photos and that they can be the next Ansel Adams.
In some ways, the best thing to do is to forget about the technical side or master it so well that you don’t even necessarily think about it.
Here’s what gives an image impact.