Now that we've all had some time to discuss Step One: Passion, it's time to move along (although, by all means, keep the conversation on the first step going if you'd like or if you are joining the discussion late). I've chosen to group the next two steps together, because I feel they sort of work well together: step two is about shooting MORE and step three discusses one way to go about taking more shots. Step 2: Volume, Volume, Volume: 10,000 Hours: Practice and Persistence This step talks about how the best (only?) way to improve your photographic skills is to shoot lots of pictures. HC-B's famous edict that "your first 10,000 photos are your worst" is featured and the author (Steve Simon) wonders whether in the digital age this should be increased to 100,000. Simon also mentions Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000 hours" theory from his book Outliers which posits that one must devote 10,000 hours of practice to become an "expert" in any field. The step then gets into some technical discussions. Some of the topics covered include: Aperture Priority v. Shutter Priority v. Manual Auto ISO Image Stabilization and shutter speed Pros and cons of using a tripod Raw v. JPEG Histograms Assignment: Choose a single subject or scene and make 40 different images of that subject/scene. If this fits with a "photo essay" or "project" idea you formulated in Step One, then so much the better. Please share your images in a new thread in the <a href="https://www.mu-43.com/f88/">Images to Share/ Other Genres</a> forum. Title your post like: "Mu-43 BC1: Step 2 Exercise: <name or description of subject/scene>" and add the tag "book club" and feel free to add a link to your thread to this thread. Step 3:Work It: Don't Give Up on the Magic This step is all about "working a scene." The author discusses why you should do this and how to accomplish it. He discusses the "compositional dance", the "decisive moment", etc. He once again gets into several technical discussions, including: Wide Angle v. Telephotos lenses Primes v. Zooms Manual focus v. Autofocus Single v. Continuous AF "Back button" AF v. AF on the shutter release Shooting using "hyperfocal distance" He also discusses many of the "rules" of good composition. These include: Balance and rhythm The rule of thirds Using leading lines Frames within frames Scale Out-of-focus foregrounds Horizon lines (level or not) Assignment: Choose a landmark or icon and shoot it from many different angles and vantage points over the course of a day or many days. Please share your images in a new thread in the <a href="https://www.mu-43.com/f88/">Images to Share/ Other Genres</a> forum. Title you post like: "Mu-43 BC1: Step 3 Exercise: <name or description of your landmark/icon>" and add the tag "book club" and feel free to add a link to your thread to this thread. Discussion I'd like to hear from you as whether you agree with the author's approach to both shooting volume and "working a scene". Do you feel these approaches are valid? Have you gone through 10,000 (or 100,000) shots? If so, do you feel more competent? I'd also like you discuss any of the various technical/compositional topics that were raised. Do you agree or disagree with Simon on these topics? How have you used any of these techniques in your photographs? Please share examples. Feel free to bring up any other points made in these two chapters that I haven't hit upon.