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The Visual Palette by Brian Matiash

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IICanon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM1/320 sec. at f/2.2, ISO 100July 22, 2009

CHAPTER 3

Looking to See

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

—DOROTHEA LANGE

The Task of Seeing

As you start to delve further into the theory of composition, you will likely notice a distinction begin to form between the terms “looking” and “seeing.” In a literal sense, both words involve an action using your eyes; however, it is in the intent of that action where you’ll find this distinction. “Look” means that you “direct your eyes in a particular direction.” Notice the lack of intent. Simply open your eyes and you’re ...

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