CHAPTER 2

Within the Frame

THERE IS ONLY THE FRAME. That is our craft. Painting with light, in slivers of time, within the frame of our image. It becomes art when that combination says something in a unique way. And to think, when I learned about photography, it seemed like it was merely a matter of pointing the camera at something and pressing the button. If you’re reading this book and you’ve mastered pointing and pressing and you’re longing to see if you can’t just express something a little more than “I was here,” then it begins with the frame. And one by one you put the elements in, move them around until they please your eye—and your heart—and something inside says, “Aha!” And you want to make other people say “Aha!” as well. That’s photography: ...

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