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Throw Away Your Camera and Become a Photographer by George Tatakis is a non-fictional guide to photography, touching on subjects such as composition, light, and philosophy. While it doesn’t fully explore all the technical aspects of photography, the book shows us that photographic gear isn’t always as important as the picture you create. Photography is not only about the image, but how you master light and how you utilize it in creating your images. In the first half of the book, Tatakis discusses what taking a photograph entails, particularly the subject matter and composition. The second half goes on to share the author’s thoughts on photography, especially relating to his underlying philosophy. Here, we see the personal struggle of a photographer as he grows artistically.
Throw Away Your Camera and Become a Photographer by George Tatakis is primarily a semi-technical guide on photography, but is also an in-depth look into a photographer's mindset and the creative process. The book shows us that capturing an image is not just about knowing how to operate a camera or knowing what photographic equipment to use. It reveals that hard work, patience, and perseverance are also essential factors in creating a consistent body of work. Through the latter more personal aspects of image making, we see why some photographs stand out more than others and why photography is also highly regarded as a form of art and not just a means of documentation. This book provides us with sufficient knowledge to think outside the box and discover that there is still more to photography than meets the eye.