"The parallel extends to editing—and this is why amateur photographers can be “better” than professionals. Pros must shoot and edit based on an exogenous—outward-oriented—standard. They have to provide pictures that conform to a standard, accepted idea of what’s “good,” so as to please their clients and their clients’ broader constituencies. Amateurs, on the other hand, beholden to no one but themselves, can afford to be much more idiosyncratic—as idiosyncratic as they like, actually. And sometimes, the more so the better. I’ve always considered it a sign of emerging maturity when a student first becomes able to reject conventionally “good” and “perfect” shots from the raw mass of his or her shooting, and begin to choose less perfect, less standard, but more personal and expressive shots to work with."