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

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Lesson 50. Explore Possibilities

Photography is an act of creativity, and two of the most useful words in the vocabulary of the creative soul are “What if...?” What if I photographed this from a different angle? What if I got into the water? What if I lay on my stomach, shot through a wine glass, moved the camera, got a cheap lens and scratched it up? “What if...” opens possibilities and paves the way for the essential task of creative thinking, which is the combination of previously divergent elements. What if I used a fisheye lens for portraits? What if I photographed rainbows in black and white? What if I use a tilt-shift lens for sports photography? What if I used a wide-angle lens for wildlife? That’s one way of pursuing possibilities.

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