The next step of photography is to process your images, to make your photos look aesthetically appealing. For me, the aesthetics are important in photography — because the more beautiful the aesthetic of photography, the more emotion, soul, and feeling you get in the images.
Photos (most which are shot digitally) lack soul. Because they are too sharp, too clinical, and have no emotion in them.
However, there are great tools like VSCO which have the best film-simulation presets, which Evoke more emotion in photographs… More here.