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Focus On Photographing People by Haje Jan Kamps

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Introduction

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THE DAY I WAS BORN, my father took one look at me, and walked to the nearest camera shop. He bought his first SLR camera—a Canon A1— and a couple of lenses. I still have that camera, and it serves as my reminder of why photography is so important.

To me, photography is very closely linked with people. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking photos of landscapes, and I have been known to take the occasional still life and macro photo in my time. Nonetheless, for me, photography really comes alive when I’m taking photos of people, be it in a formal setting (like studio portraiture or wedding photos), a bit more relaxed (impromptu photo sessions ...

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