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

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Lesson 52. Slow Down

When I started writing this book, I got onto Twitter and Facebook and asked my own circle of friends, fans, and followers about the most significant lesson they ever learned about photography. I was surprised how many of them, given a chance to talk about some great visual revelation, said that lesson was simply to slow down.

Fear of Missing The Shot is a pandemic among photographers, as though there are only so many photographs out there—potential photographs that have grown to this perfect point and must be harvested now before someone else gets them or they die, unseen, on the vine. How many photographs do we need to make? No one will ever see the photographs you do not make, and worse—being so wound up and frantic to ...

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