- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (October 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321750446
- ISBN-13: 978-0321750440
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images (Voices That Matter) 1st Edition
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About the Author
An assignment photographer specializing in humanitarian projects and world photography, David duChemin has been creating compelling stories with a camera in hand for over twenty years. A passionate contributor to the international photography community, duChemin's first book, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, received worldwide acclaim for its vision, passion, and depth. David has shot on five continents for assignments and projects covering places as diverse as Paris, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Nepal, and Mongolia. Find David online at Pixelatedimage.com.
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The book is divided into three parts. In part one, duChemin recaps ideas presented in "Within the Frame" about vision/intent, and provides a framework for understanding photographs. There are some great insights into how to think about photographs. The reader is encouraged to think about the meaning of a photograph and how the message, elements, and composition work together to make the image successful.
Part two is entitled "visual language", and is what most people would think of as "composition". Other books I have read on composition are usually dry and technical, describing elements of visual design but doing little to help explain how these elements are used and what they communicate. I found duChemin's treatment of familiar topics like lines, colour, light, etc to be refreshing and more meaningful than many other books on composition. Instead of just describing the theory, practical aspects of each topic are discussed, and there are a handful of useful exercises in this section to help reinforce the ideas.
The last section presents 20 of duChemn's photographs, and provides David's own commentary about these images. Each image is carefully dissected by examining the different elements and choices made in the photograph, such as the framing, lines, lighting, optics, etc. Whether or not you agree with all of the assessments duChemin makes, the thinking behind the image is instructive to examine. I particularly enjoyed reading and following along with his analysis, and comparing this with my own thoughts.
I found the depth of analysis in this section is a deeper than books like Barr's "Why Photographs Work", and the style is different, but both are useful as instructional tools. One thing I liked better about Barr's book is that there is a greater diversity of images, whereas duChemin exclusively uses his own (many of which long-time readers of duChemin will have already seen in the past). I also found a lot of the analysis in this part focused on the elements and decisions, and less on the overall 'message' of the image and how well it was conveyed. I would have liked to see more discussion, for example, on how a mood was portrayed, and which elements contributed to it. A lot of discussion instead focused on things like lines and framing, and how those elements 'lead the eye', and less on how those things communicated some aspect of the message in the image.
If you've been looking for books on composition, but have been disappointed by the results, this book is an excellent choice to introduce you to the ideas in a practical and meaningful way, and goes well beyond just the raw technical aspects of each concept. As with other books from duChemin, this book does not disappoint, and I can easily recommend this one as well as his other books in the same series.
And the analysis of the images in the last part of the book is so interesting. I totally agree with his philosophy that analyzing why pictures speak to you or move you is a good way to influence the types of images you take, whether that is consciously or subconsciously.
Anyway, I highly recommend this book.
This is the fourth volume in his trilogy. Don't ask me to explain. When he does so it sorta makes sense. I wouldn't get the point across. duChemin says that thematically it comes number 2 in the series. That does make sense, as this book is about how to make the image that you take with the camera come closer to the image that you imagine in your head. Number 2-A in the series, Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter) deals with taking that image closer in post processing.
The basics of composition are covered, but more as a reminder and a way to get the reader thinking than as a tutorial. That's fine. This book isn't for the absolute beginner. Learn your camera and basic photographic concepts like aperture, ISO speed and shutter speed first. Once you've learned how to take photos, duChemin will help you *make* photos. The difference is profound and he addresses most of the implications in Photographically Speaking.
If you want to develop your own style and vision and quit copying the latest Flickr photos, if you want to learn how to translate you vision into photographs. Get the book.
This is not a book about teaching you to press the shutter, but about understanding how to see and create; making that shift from someone who takes pictures to someone who makes them. It really helped me improve the quality of my images and while I still have work to do to become the photographer I think I can become, duChemin has been an important influence in the photographer I am today, and I'm in his debt for that.