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

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Lesson 25. Learn to Sketch

No artist just gets it right the first time. The process of expressing the intent of our imaginations (unlimited as they are by the constraints of the real world) with any craft, let alone one so necessarily limited by technology as photography, is not an easy one. The idea that this craft is easy gets unfairly promoted from all kinds of corners, not the least of which are the camera companies themselves. But it’s not easy. No new camera will help you “shoot like a pro” even if that were a goal worth aspiring to. And because this craft doesn’t come instantly, it’s probably a good idea to pay more attention to our own creative process and stop expecting instant gold from ourselves.

Nikon D3s, 26mm, 1/50 @ f/18, ISO ...

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