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

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Lesson 6. Master the Triangle

When I began to study photography, I learned it first as a technical craft, many years before ever truly beginning to learn it as an aesthetic one. Though the technical is important and forms the spine of our craft, what I should have been taught all along is that every decision I made also has aesthetic results and that those results are my choice. That choice gets easier when you’re comfortable with the give-and-take of the exposure triangle, because you’ll understand what you’re choosing and what you’re giving up with that choice in terms of the aesthetic of the image, regardless of whether you’re making JPG files or shooting in RAW. So, first, a basic lesson.

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