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

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28. Catalyst

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Gerry Lopez, legendary surfer and surfboard shaper, working with soft foam that will soon be covered with fiberglass resin mixed with catalyst to make the surfboard complete.

Canon 5DMii, 16–35mm lens, f/2.8

AT THE PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL where I teach there are two different programs: Visual Journalism (VJ) and Commercial Photography (CP). While both programs focus on similar techniques, each one attracts and produces a different kind of student. I once heard a colleague differentiate between the two like this. He wryly explained, “The VJ students are great at going out and finding pictures. They aren’t very good at making them. The CP ...

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