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Beginner Basics — Retrace Your Steps (preview)


A more intimate view of the first location
Settings: EF24mm f/1.4 L II USM lens, ƒ16@30 sec., ISO 100


There isn’t anything more refreshing to a new photographer than coming across a majestic scene with endless possibilities for compositions. Ideas jump out at you from all angles, and before you’ve fully explored one image, another opportunity beckons you away. It’s a photographic wonderland, but it’s working against you.

I fondly remember some of my first photo-walks around waterfalls. I’d come home and set aside dozens of shots I thought were great, and maybe even add some to my portfolio. I would post all of my images online and say to myself proudly, “There, I’ve shot waterfalls.”

When my excitement from that day of shooting subsided, I came to the realization that none of my images were all that special. I noticed the rushed compositions and made a mental list of all the things I could have done better. Some images appeared too cluttered, and others didn’t have any flow. It seemed like a return trip was in order!

Weeks later on my way to the waterfalls a second time, I began …

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