VISION IS PERHAPS THE SENSE we most associate with reality. We are therefore more conscious of what we see than how we see, but that all has to change when you learn photography. You have to augment your own eyesight with a deeper understanding of what is both technically possible and creatively desirable. Such an understanding is built not by following instructions for a specific camera model but by becoming fluent in the language of photography.


Before you dig in, read through this introduction to start building a foundational understanding of light and its interaction with the key components of a photographic system. Each of these topics is discussed in more depth in subsequent chapters.


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