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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig

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19. Curious Composition

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Using a 50mm lens allows you to physically get close. I was talking with my mentor and friend Keith Carter, a fine art photographer. At one point, he raised his glasses and pointed to his cancerous eye that might go blind. While listening, I quietly composed and created this frame as the conversation continued. The composition conveys what this picture is about. Fortunately the cancer has been cured and he is doing fine.

Canon 5DMii, 50mm lens, f/4

PHOTOGRAPHY, like most art forms, requires a selective mind. Consider the musical composer who sets out to write a new song. The first step is to choose a key, and this is a ...

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