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

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Lesson 57. Shoot from the Heart

In case you haven’t heard me preach this sermon before, keep this one thing before you: life is short. We’ve no idea how short it really is for each of us, and if we live to a so-called ripe old age, there’s a good chance we’ll look back and think, “My God, it all went so fast.” And in that brief time, we’ve got only so many experiences, only so many photographs to make and share with the world. From what I’ve read, those people who have gotten toward the end of their lives, with the time and inclination to express regret, do not regret things they did and the mistakes they made—they usually see them as necessary steps in becoming the people they did. What they regret, instead, is what they did not do. Sadly, it ...

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