- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1st edition (May 11, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321605020
- ISBN-13: 978-0321605023
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,734 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 Frame" is 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 Frame" helps 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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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.
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. For example he notes that in photographing places we should "slow down" and "try going deeper rather than broader".
The author's images are all striking and support his thesis. Moreover he notes that post-processing is essential to realizing the vision you had when you captured the image. It is a minor quibble but I certainly wished that he could show how this worked with a few more of his images. Almost none of the books on post-processing do this. Perhaps that can be a subject for his next book.
Maybe it's because I've been watching "In Treatment" on television, but it seems to me that the author can't teach you how to get good photographic vision. Rather he can just walk along with you and point to things while you find your vision buried deep within you. Fortunately duChemin is an excellent walker and pointer and most serious photographers will benefit from reading this book.
Given the nature of this book, especially the point regularly made that seeing is more important to a photographer then is equipment, it seems almost sacrilegious to point out that there is an additional chapter on line about gear for the traveling photographer.
I like books about composition and I have found that the best approach is to buy books from different authors. Many authors have multiple books, but they all tend to be kind of similar. So my key advice is to go for diversity.
I've bought my first DSLR and also bought 15 photography books on amazon. I'm evaluating the books from the perspective of a somewhat knowledgeable amateur.
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