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

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Lesson 11. Forget the Camera

It is easy, in a craft where we rely as heavily as we do upon the cameras in our hands, to get a little too attached to our gear. So maybe now is a good time to ask you to—no, to beg you to—forget the camera. Photography, the way I practice and teach it (which is not the only way, not by a long shot, but I assume it’s a way that resonates with you because you’ve chosen to read this book and not another) is about you and the world around you. It’s about stories, and life, and photographs that say something about those things. It is not about cameras. It is not about impressing people with the brand of camera you carry or the length of the lens you use. Very few people care about those things.

Nikon D3s, 23mm, 1/25 ...

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