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- Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
The process of taking photos involves making a lot of decisions, yet many amateur and beginner photographers aren't aware of that. It's a lot more than seeing something interesting and pointing your camera at it.
You probably know by now that not every photo you take is going to be a good one. And not every opportunity will turn out to be a memorable image.
Taking a good photo is the result of a thought process, a very quick one that involves answering a few crucial questions. After a while, answering these questions will become second nature and you'll gradually develop a "sixth sense" that will tell you when it's time to press the shutter release and when not.
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Some of these questions involve basic technical knowledge. What kind of lens should I use? What shutter speed and aperture value?
Others will leave you wondering about the right composition for the subject, the best camera orientation and the focal length.
You'll also have to think about the light before taking the photo. Figuring out where it's coming from and where you're best off standing is very important.
After you find the best light and frame the shot, it's time to think about focusing. How many focusing points should you use and which ones should you select?
As you see, it's not that easy being a good photographer. But perhaps the most important question of all is the hardest. Having the answer to why you should photograph something or someone is going to take you a long way, but it's also something that requires experience and hard work.
Here are all fifteen questions with photographer Jeff Cable in this video form B&H.
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