Interview with Vincent Laforet, a former New York Times photographer. He advises people to put the camera down, walk around, and ask themselves a series of questions, such as “What really is special about this place?” Learning about the history of a photo shoot location or finding the best time of day for shadows and lighting is just as important for creating a great photo composition. Do your research and don’t show up and realize you brought a wrong lens to a location. An amateur is OK, they are out for fun whereas a professional needs to come away with something exceptional. This is why homework is so important.

What is your shutter speed and why? What is your aperture setting and why? He helps you think about the decisions you need to make when shooting.

One of the key things he has learned, it’s not always about talent, but it’s about hard work.

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