Getting Started

An infinite amount of stuff that has nothing to do with pressing the shutter button goes into the making of a picture. Truth be told, in photography, you will find yourself involved with so many things, before and after the click of the shutter, that it often feels like the pictures themselves are the smallest part of the process. You will spend countless hours and a lot of hard-earned money to make the very best picture—or several hundred of them—in search of the perfect one.

Key parts of the before and after processes often are relegated to the unsexy bin of education yet are the most important. For example, if you take 100 pictures just to get one perfect shot, what are you supposed to do with the other 99? If you do this ...

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