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The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs by David duChemin

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Lesson 2. Ask Better Questions

Beginners are full of questions. If we’re wise, we never lose that sense of always being a beginner with a willingness to ask questions. It’s natural in the beginning to see the photographs of others and ask questions:

What lens did you use?

What camera did you use?

What were your settings?

Overall, they aren’t bad questions when you’re looking to understand this craft that’s first, before it’s anything else, accomplished through technical means.

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Leica M (240), 21mm, 1/90 @ f/6.8, ISO 200Lake Louise, Canada, 2014.

The primary problem is that the questions aren’t as interesting or helpful as other questions ...

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