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Mastering the craft of photography takes a lot of work, but the rules to create a beautiful photo are actually quite simple. Let the world’s greatest painters teach you the simple art of image composition.

Author Malcolm Gladwell said in his 2008 book Outliers that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master any craft. In fact, the results are determined by how you practice, not just how much you practice. You have to try, receive structured and constructive feedback, adapt your technique and try again — a positive cycle of repetition that leads to constant improvement.

I had my 10,000 hours in the field of photography. Like many others, I just played around for many years without a strategy. I had long periods of frustration when my ability to spot a great photo was improving faster than my skill to create one. While I understood that a particular photo was great, I didn’t understand that it was following or breaking a set of rules — both in composition and in technical settings. …


Marcell Nimfuehr

Writer, photographer, and filmmaker. Communication strategist. Software Dev (worst coder ever)

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