The conclusion of a book is where you tell readers that you hope they learned something, enjoyed what they read, or are closing the book feeling inspired, but that, really, this is the end now. Fortunately, I cannot in good conscience say that this is the end. It’s hardly the end, and that’s the thing about photography—there’s always more to master. Even if you learn everything you think there is to know, the entire industry can change in a matter of a few short years. And then you have to relearn it all. This just happened with the transition of film to digital, and then again with the move from wired to wireless. My goodness, we see it in real time with each new release of Photoshop.

Billy Crystal once said, “Change is such hard ...

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