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Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision 1st Edition

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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 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.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1st edition (May 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321605020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321605023
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David duChemin is a humanitarian photographer, best-selling author, adventurer, and advocate of the intentional creative life.

David duChemin is a world & humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, digital publisher, and international workshop leader whose nomadic and adventurous life fuels his fire to create and share. Based in Vancouver, Canada, when he's home, David leads a nomadic life chasing compelling images on all 7 continents.

When on assignment David creates powerful images that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable and oppressed for the international NGO community. When creating the art he so passionately shares, David strives to capture the beauty of the natural world.

David's travel has taken him through winters in Russia and Mongolia, a summer on the Amazon, spending time among nomads in the Indian Himalayan and remote Northern Kenya. He's done assignment work in Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ethiopia, Malawi, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh, among others, and pursued personal work in places like Iceland, Antarctica, Tunisia, Cuba, Vietnam, Kenya, and Italy.

David's work and blog can be found at David's latest book, A Beautiful Anarchy, When the Life Creative Becomes the Life Created, is available from or as a Kindle version here on Amazon.

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148 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Kirk P. Fisher on May 21, 2009
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I've bought and read dozens of how-to photography books over the years. I enjoyed Peterson, Freeman and many others. In the digital age we have a glut of books on digital photography and post-processing by well-known self-promoters churning out the product. Until now, the only two remaining on my shelf were Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography and Bob Krist's Spirit of Place.
Within the Frame will join them. When millions of photos are snapped by cameras and phones or produced via software, David eloquently reminds us that vision, creativity, sensitivity and thought are (and always have been) at the core of making (not just taking) meaningful images. This book is a must-read, and one which you'll return to again and again for inspiration and insight. Deserves to be in hardcover, and easily earns the right to be called a classic.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
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Taking a picture is easy. You aim the camera, fiddle a few dials if you have a digital single lens reflex camera, and press a button. Taking an image that speaks to people, perhaps even rises to the level of art, is much harder. You have to add a secret ingredient, vision, to get that kind of image.

There are tons of books that talk about technique, like exposure, composition, post processing and so forth. As far as I know there are only a handful of good books that tell about how to get the secret ingredient. This book is one of them.

A description of the chapter headings doesn't do justice to the book, or even a look at the subheadings. What can one learn about a book from a heading like "Indecisive Moments" in a chapter called "Within the Frame"? It all sounds so vague.

A few years ago in a review I wondered whether you can teach someone to be creative (which I took to be similar to developing vision.) The author took issue with me in a conversation, even though I had praised her book. Now six years later I still wonder if you can teach someone vision.

Vision is not like exposure. It's not a matter of setting menus and dials and getting feedback from a histogram. It's vague and amorphous and not everyone will view a subject and see it with vision. Yet it's critical to photographic success.

DuChemin gives the effort to teach vision a good shot. For example early in the book he urges the reader to "shoot what moves you". Good advice that almost doesn't need any explanation, although the author's discussion certainly reinforces the point.

In the later chapters, the author provides more specific guidance about things to look for in certain subjects.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jere Judd on June 28, 2009
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In my den I have a table sitting next to my chair. On the bottom shelf are the books I call 'the inspiration books.' The books of photography, not so much the books about photography. I've read the books about photography. Many of them over the years. To learn. To get ideas about how to perform a specific task or set of tasks to create an image. But it is 'the inspiration books' that I turn to when I'm looking for more than the technical. Looking for my vision.

Withing the frame will not join that shelf of inspiration books. It will go on my desk and I suspect that within a year or so I will be looking to buy another copy. I plan to have this one worn out by then. Falling apart from overuse.

This is one of the best books about the art of photography that I've read in recent history, perhaps ever. Its style is straightforward, written simply, but with great insight and inspiration. It is a cohesive statement of the power of vision in telling a story with a photograph, of sharing a statement of how I view the subject and expressing my experience with the subject. It encourages connection to the subject, of slowing down to experience what is around you and then sharing visually the experience.

This book will serve as inspiration for me for a long time to come. I believe it will influence how I experience the 'inspiration books' and will serve as a guide for reminding me that the photographic journey is as important as the photograph itself.
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141 of 180 people found the following review helpful By Richard on October 3, 2009
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After I have read so many positive reviews of this book, I decided to order it. What struck me is the fact that not many photography books have rating that high at Amazon, and most of them have valid criticism. DuChemin's books seemed like an exception to the trend. I cannot tell you how much my expectorations went up but I was very eager to get it.

Let me first say that I'm new to photography and as many others looking for things that are most valuable to get started and continuously improve, that is- train my eye, search for vision, get inspired whenever I grab my camera and go out. Under these circumstances you have to consider things how much you travel and what you like to photograph. David DuChemin is inspired by visiting new places and meeting new people, he is inspired by sacred houses of worship, new cultures etc. The title itself contains the main theme of the book: journey of photographic vision.

However, after one reads the reviews, one gets the feeling that it does not matter if the book talks so much about travelling, it is all about bringing out your vision. The only question I have how? The book does give you some valuable tips like what accessories you should take with you, how to interact with people from different cultures, should you pay people for photographing them etc. Do these things really help you to bring out your vision?

Moreover, I was not impressed with the photos in the book, but I like examples how light influences the portraits. The lighting tips were the most useful even though they are thrown here and there.
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