I’ve written quite a few books in the From Snapshots to Great Shots series, and most of them have been about cameras. My philosophy for writing them has been to provide readers with a good foundation for taking great photographs through the application of camera technology and knowledge. It’s so important to understand the fundamentals and how to apply them when taking photographs. But is that all there is to making a good image? Well, it used to be.

There was a time when all you could control was the exposure of your film, and everything else was handed off to a photofinisher. It was the photofinisher’s job to make sure that the film was processed correctly and that everything from that point on was done to produce a decent-looking ...

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