CHAPTER 3

The Artist and the Geek

IM TEMPTED TO SAY that this is the chapter about the meeting of craft and vision, technique and artistry. But the whole book is about that—at no point does one get the spotlight to the exclusion of the other. It’s that very imbalance in photography that needs to be corrected, not encouraged.

The technique stuff here is critical. All the vision in the world fails for lack of means to express it. There’s technique-related material all the way through the book; the information in this chapter needs to be here because it applies in broader strokes than what’s in the other chapters. By this point, the geeks are skipping ahead to get to the geekery, and the artists are probably slowing down a little, wondering if ...

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