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Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots by John Batdorff

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1. Equipment and Settings

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Starting with a Strong Foundation

You have probably heard that it’s the photographer that takes a great photo, not the camera. I could not agree with this statement more, but with that said, most of the photographers I’ve come to know and admire seem to own what I like to call their “essential kit.” The kit may vary by photographer or setting, but we all have our favorite tools to help us with our craft.

For me, a recovering gear addict, the trick is to avoid spending too much money on gear I don’t really need. The key to building a strong foundation for my photography, while at the same time avoiding the temptation to ...

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