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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (May 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321605020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321605023
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“If the book simply stayed right there in the realm of how-to, go-to advice, it would be a wonderful book indeed. But it crosses the line from useful to inspire because David opens up much more than his camera bag. He opens his considerable heart and mind, both of which belong to a masterful storyteller driven by an acute sympathy for the human condition, coupled with an intense curiosity and respect for both the differences and the sameness of the world.”
-Joe McNally, photographer, author of The Hot Shoe Diaries and The Moment It Clicks

"David does something here that few have ever done—he not only shows his absolutely captivating images, he shows the thought process behind those images, as well as how to start capturing the types of images we all long to take. People will be talking about this book for years to come. It’s that good!"
-Scott Kelby, photographer, author, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals



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Within the Frameis a book about finding and expressing your photographic vision, specifically where people, places, and cultures are concerned. A personal book full of real-world wisdom and incredible images, author David duChemin (of pixelatedimage.com) shows you both the how and the why of finding, chasing, and expressing your vision with a camera to your eye. Vision leads to passion, and passion is a cornerstone of great photography. With it, photographs draw the eye in and create an emotional experience. Without it, a photograph is often not worth—and can't capture—a viewer's attention.

Both instructional and inspirational,Within the Framehelps you on your photographic journey to make better images of the places and people you love, whether they are around the world or in your own backyard. duChemin covers how to tell stories, and the technology and tools we have at our disposal in order to tell those narratives. Most importantly, he stresses the crucial theme of vision when it comes to photographing people, places, and cultures—and he helps you cultivate and find your own vision, and then fit it within the frame.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Justin Van Leeuwen on June 15 2009
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of books about Photoshop, cameras, and lighting - all of which dealing with a very technical end of taking photos and tinkering with images. Within the Frame deals more with the Why, than the how.

Half-way through the read you begin to truly understand that you're not reading a book specifically about how to take a picture, you probably have a pretty good idea on how to do that already, really what DuChemin gets into is how HE takes photos - slow down, pre-visualize, meet people, experience cultures.

His photographic "theory" can be applied every day, if you want to change your frame of mind into a more zen: see the world as it really is, behind the veil of assumption that clouds our own process.

He's got a great batch of images in here too - really makes you want to travel to these accessibly exotic locations (David leads workshops once or twice a year) - and he'll even tell you how he took them; right down to the f/stop. That doesn't mean you'll be able to mimic them though, unless you take the advice.

The reader is left with the feeling that they've been given good advice from a friend; recommendations on how to approach taking better photos, ones with greater impact, without bogging you down with camera menus - that's what the manual is for. WTF is something for those aspring to do more, but feel they're half way to getting there - you don't need the best gear; just vision.

Within the Frame doesn't stop with the book though; I'm a loyal subscriber to David's blog: The Pixelated Image at [...]
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Wilson on May 16 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It works on so many levels. There are so many books on photography out there about the 'how'. Finally a book about the 'why'. Within The Frame appeals to both the geek and the artist in me. And manages to put every other aspect of photography into perspective. With a firm grasp on vision (the 'why')... everything else becomes clearer.

The book itself is gorgeous. Filled with some of my favourite photographs. Kudos to Peachpit Press for making such a beautiful book. I have two of David's prints hanging on my walls, so I was curious to see the print quality. It's really very good. Also loving the square format!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on Dec 19 2009
Format: Paperback
While reading this book I felt I was a journeyman gaining advice from a master photographer. The author does not concentrate on technical details but more on how to approach people and solve problems of a more artistic nature.How to ask a stranger for a portrait or how to capture an image when the light is best.Although this is not a technical book there are many beautiful images and the author did supply the camera settings for each photo.Most of the photos are from India and Nepal and hopefully the author will write another book concentrating on different areas of the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sylvia on Nov. 25 2010
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Unexpected inspiration from this photography book. Picked it out with another purchase and was very pleasantly surprised to find thoughtful insightful information provided in a very well written presentation of the author's ideas. I have begun a review not only of what i'm including "within my frame" but also the technical aspects of what my camera is capable of. This book simply resonated with me and has me taking pictures once again. Highly readable and especially enjoyed the internet connections recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on Feb. 24 2011
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Excellent...inspirant...humain....réel....truc (non/peu technique)

A lire du début à la fin!

Le seule faiblesse, au 3/4 du livre, les sujets sont moins bien détaillés, l'auteur semble avoir manqué un peu d'inspiration en comparaison du début de son oeuvre.
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For those who love photography and photography books, you will find this book to be a great addition to your library. Full of rich photos that please the eye and provide you with ideas for your own compositions. An enjoyable book to go through again and again. I use this book in rotation with other favourites, to be placed out periodically on my antique grain scale I use for my coffee table. I have had numerous comments from both amateur photographers and non-photographers, alike.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Riverbank Hank TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 10 2009
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A bit fluffy and preachy for my taste, but written with a very passionate yet humble tone.

David purposely stays away from too much how to and focuses more on the what and why- makes for a bit of a different style of photography book.

Most of the book is geared to exotic location photography. Some good travel tips though. Hobbyists and amateur photographers like myself gotta be a big part of his audience, and I'm guessing many of us will never have opportunities to travel to Tunisia, Nepal, Vietnam, etc.

Most of the time we are walking around our local area, neighborhood, or occasional weekend getaway with our cameras just trying to find a subject that doesn't suck. If a guy like me fully enlists this books teachings I might as well just keep my camera in the bag because I'll be overthinking everything or waiting for the right moment instead of snapping.

This is why I'm still seeking a book that is written for the ordinary joe non-professional, semi-pro, and pro wannabe photographer.
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