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It’s Not About the F-Stop

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Jay Maisel has been hailed as one of the most brilliant and gifted photographers of all time. But he is also much more than that–he is a mentor, teacher, and trailblazer to many photographers, and a hero to those who feel Jay’s teaching has changed the way they see and create their own photography. He is a living legend whose work is studied around the world, and whose teaching style and presentation garner standing ovations and critical acclaim every time he takes the stage.

In his first educational book, Light, Gesture, and Color, Jay put his amazing insights and learning moments from a lifetime behind the lens into a book that communicated the three most important aspects of street photography: light, gesture, and color. Here, in It’s Not About the F-Stop, Jay builds on that success to take you beyond the buttons and dials on your camera to continue to teach you how to “see” like a photographer, and how to capture the world around you in a way that delights, intrigues, and challenges the viewer. Each page unveils something new and inspires you to rethink everything you know about the bigger picture of photography. This isn’t a book about f-stops or ISOs. It’s about seeing. And nobody communicates this, visually or through the written word, like Jay Maisel.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Contents
  4. Dedication Page
  5. About the Author
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Introduction
  8. Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
  9. “You’re Not Alone”
  10. Shoot It Now
  11. Never Go Back
  12. There’s Nothing to Shoot
  13. Bad Light
  14. Light Is What Calls (Out) to You
  15. Be Aware of Changing Light
  16. No Technical Data
  17. Neglected Consideration
  18. The Gifts Are Always There
  19. Be Aware of the Ordinary
  20. Take Notice
  21. “Where?”
  22. “Where” You Shoot From
  23. Where
  24. When
  25. You Never Know
  26. It’s About What You Bring to the Party
  27. Rip in the Fabric
  28. Multiplicity
  29. Get Lucky
  30. Prejudice Sucks
  31. You Get Two Chances
  32. Second Chance
  33. Look Closer
  34. Sometimes You Must Improvise
  35. Ask Questions
  36. Do It Again
  37. Man Plans, God Laughs
  38. Keep Looking
  39. Don’t Stare
  40. Try Something Different
  41. Try for Pics You’ve Never Seen
  42. Make It Your Own
  43. Unique Gesture
  44. Playing the Waiting Game
  45. It Ain’t Over Till You Quit
  46. The Trigger
  47. How Could You Not?
  48. To Thine Own Self Be True
  49. What’s Happening in Front of You
  50. Putting in Time
  51. You Learn to Wait and Sometimes It Still Doesn’t Happen
  52. Look, Stop, and Shoot
  53. Avoiding Perfection
  54. About Model Releases
  55. Take Advice
  56. Don’t Be Dogmatic
  57. Let’s Not Plan
  58. Use & Abuse
  59. Just Don’t F*¢% It Up
  60. You Never Know Where the Pictures Are
  61. Sometimes It Is About the F-Stop
  62. It Takes a Great Client
  63. Try to Be Open
  64. I’m a Painter (Temporarily)
  65. Keep Looking
  66. Don’t Be Too Easily Pleased
  67. Don’t Worry, Have Confidence, and Stick to Your Guns
  68. Being Polite
  69. Sometimes It Is the Lens
  70. A Surplus of Possibilities
  71. Stop Searching
  72. Freedom and Anxiety
  73. Trust Your Judgment
  74. Presence
  75. “Research”
  76. Finally, People
  77. Never Give Up the Gesture
  78. At Last, Color!
  79. “Above All, Never Lose Your Enthusiasm” –Ernst Haas
  80. The Human Eye
  81. Three Dimensions, Not 3D
  82. Would You Mind Waiting, Please?
  83. Foreign Intrigue
  84. Live and Learn
  85. Making a Difference
  86. Surrealistic Concerns
  87. Make Sure of Your Contract
  88. What’s In Front of You
  89. Freaky Color
  90. Counterpoint and Involvement
  91. Placement
  92. Frame Within a Frame
  93. Hey, Dad
  94. Index