From time to time people who compliment my photos might say something like, "I wish that I could take a picture like that". Of course hearing such praise appeals to my ego. After all, it implies that in some way I was able to touch something within them.
On the other hand, there are times when a person will say that they are incapable of taking good photos. It is then that I tell them that I don't believe it to be true.
Because I don't.
I will usually offer a few tips and tricks that photographers use that might otherwise be unknown to them. Be it framing techniques, perspective, aperture, exposure, software, etc., photography is art. It is subjective, and open to interpretation. Sometimes it is helpful for the photographer to nudge the viewer to pay attention to something specific, within the photo. Sometimes a story exists within the work, itself.
I've heard it said that learning to shoot is like learning to ride a bicycle. All of the books in the world can only provide theory, but actually doing it is what gives us all of the confidence and foundation we that need to exceed.
And never stop learning. To stop learning is akin to when a rider stops peddling; like everything else, when we do that, we stop moving forward.