- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (November 21, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321670205
- ISBN-13: 978-0321670205
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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VisionMongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography 1st Edition
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About the Author
David duChemin is an assignment photographer specializing in humanitarian projects and world photography. 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. Find David online at Pixelatedimage.com.
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That said, I don't think it was a waste of time for me. For one thing, it confirmed why I'd never go pro! And it was very well written.
Now, if you're thinking about going pro, this book is a must read! It's not a how-to manual, by any means. But it will help you think about the right things in making the big decision. Have you thought through all the business stuff that needs to be considered in running a photography business? If you haven't, you'll probably fail. The author helps you do that. And he tries to warn you not to do it: it's hard work. According to him, you should only become a vocational photographer if you can't imagine not doing so, and are willing to make the sacrifices and do the work -- yes, even the unappealing stuff -- that it will take. Very good advice!
So, although the book is not for me (and probably not for most of you), it is an excellent book for those who are considering going pro.
David initially deals with the inner questions of "do I have what it takes?" and "should I depend on my photography to make a living?" very honestly and openly. The rest of the book assumes the reader is journeying on the road of vocational photography. David then touches on many of the less glamorous, but absolutely vital aspects of running a successful business. Topics like branding, networking, market research, pricing, debt, and several others. Throughout the book David speaks from his own experience and that of many others.
There are no areas David mentions where he claims to be an expert. He is smart enough to give the reader enough to get started and then points to others who have the requisite expertise.
This book is a welcome addition to the plethora of books that discuss f-stops, shutter speeds, workflow, and Photoshop actions. In VisionMongers, David is one part life coach and one part business advisor. This is definitely not the last book someone contemplating vocational photography should read but it should absolutely be one of the first.
The book discusses the importance of nurturing your vision and improving your craft as well building solid, long-term relationships with clients. The 'Vision Monger' sections throughout the chapters highlight a specific photographer and gives insight into their take on their particular markets as well as some of the obstacles they faced along the way. Researching, planning, and making careful, intentional decisions is another theme in this book. I'm still reading the final chapter and I can't think of a single topic that I was curious about that hasn't been covered in some way, shape, or form.