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Focus On Photographing People by Haje Jan Kamps

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Photography Basics

LIKE ANY ART FORM, there are two sides to photography. You need to have artistic ideas—often referred to as a photographer’s vision or the photographer’s eye. The flipside of that coin is the technical skills you need in order to get photos to look the way you want them to.

There is no point in taking photos that are technically perfect but incredibly boring. Similarly, it doesn’t help if you can compose the most fantastic photographs in your mind’s eye but you can’t translate this mental image into a physical one by adjusting the settings on your camera.

In this chapter, we sidestep the creative side of photography and take a closer look at the technical skills involved, including how ISO, aperture, and shutter speed work. ...

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