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Beware of Formulas

Everyone wants simple, useful steps for becoming a better photographer. We go to the same books and blogs trying to learn techniques to enhance our photos.

We want a formula.

Publishers are happy to provide the formula. And it seems like a great exchange. We give them time, attention and sometimes money. They give us the education to create photos that look like what the pros make.

Here’s the problem: If you have the formula, everyone has the formula.

If you’re an artist, that means you’re no longer needed.

The solution is to either not be an artist, or do what you’ve been avoiding. Solve a creative problem.

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