Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision Paperback – May 1 2009
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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
From the Back Cover
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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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 [...]
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!
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Finally a book that that makes you think . It doesn't give you only the how but why and the approche to making the photo. Clearly a 5 star for me.Published 6 months ago by Steve Ross
Absolutely one of the best books I've read in a while. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. David writes in a way that is truly inspiring! Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2009 by Diane T. Imfeld
I had never heard of David before this book, but after reading Joe McNally's enthusiastic forward I was compelled to buy and read this book for myself. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2009 by Boo Radley
just finished last night. the book makes me want to get out there and shoot.and that's why i bought it.Published on Sept. 29 2009 by Darrin Lee Cloutier
Within the Frame is, without a doubt, the best book on photography I've ever read. At no point does the author, David duChemin, attempt to spoon feed any quick fixes or 3-step... Read morePublished on July 25 2009 by Geoff Ball
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