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Seeing Exercises

Just as musicians can train their ears to recognize pitch, intervals, and chords, photographers can train their visual senses to be more open and receptive to the world. In other words, you can practice seeing.

One of the best ways to improve your seeing prowess is to remember what seeing feels like. However, if it’s been a long time since your visual sense was really open, then it may be difficult to know what the difference is between seeing and not seeing. One of the easiest ways to get your visual sense going is to go somewhere new. Maybe you’ve noticed this when you travel or go on vacation. When you first get to some place very foreign or new, you often notice lots of different details. This is partly a survival mechanism—you’re a little more wary than usual, a little more alert, so all of your senses are more active. But this also happens because there’s lots of new stuff to see—stuff your brain isn’t sure how to abbreviate yet.


  

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