Here at Kelby we do a lot of blind critiques on the Grid and those are very popular… but here is a list of questions you can yourself before you ever show your work to anyone else. Keeping these ideas/questions in mind will help you to become a better visual storyteller.
1: What is my subject?
2: What value (distinction or meaning) am I conveying about my subject to a viewer?
Tonal, Size, Color, Sharpness or Clarity, will my viewer clearly understand what my subject is?
3: Have I placed my subject in the correct location in the frame to properly communicate its value to a viewer?
4: Has my subject been properly expressed by additional elements in the frame?
5: Do any elements in the frame or their position in the frame distract from my subject?
6: Is the viewer of the image able to understand the desired perception or to have an intended apperception of my subject.
7: Have I clearly expressed the intended meaning about my subject?
8: Have I used my imagination to communicate a subject in a new and unique way?
Special thanks to Steve Gustafson for coming up with this list, it is something that I am consistently trying to remember when I am shooting an image and also using it as a guide in my post processing in Lightroom.