Paris Photo, 2011

So if you want to elevate your work to the next level, you need to see and study great photographs.  You need to stand in front of the image as long as it takes until you understand what the photographer intended. That understanding will never be as complete if you only see the image on your computer or in a book. Seeing a Massimo Vitale seascape in a book is interesting and the highlights seem a bit hot. When you stand in front of the print you see that the highlights are really blown out (technique teaches you how to do it) and because he prints large, they become so painfully bright that you almost want to reach for your sunglasses.  Then you understand why he does it. This is simply not evident in a book or on a computer screen.

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