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Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David duChemin

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Chapter Two. Elements

WHAT I AM CALLING ELEMENTS are the pieces of the photograph that are out there, the ones that will become the subject matter of the photograph. In our language metaphor, the elements are the words, the raw pieces we have to work with, to manipulate within the frame to create our photograph. It would be a mistake, however, to see elements that are “out there” as being beyond our control when we place them within the frame; this is why it’s hard to strip out the elements from the decisions we make. Within the context of the frame, it is we, the photographers, who have the means—through perspective and angle and choice of optics—to rearrange those elements. We have the means to move those objects around, if not physically, ...

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