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The Print and the Process : Taking Compelling Photographs from Vision to Expression [Kindle Edition]

David duChemin
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Book Description

The Print and the Process is a book of ideas, thoughts, and techniques about our photographs and the process that leads us to the final image. (To be clear, it is not an instructional book about how to print your images.) In this beautiful book, David duChemin takes the reader behind the scenes on four distinct photographic projects, discussing motivation, image creation, and post-production. The projects he walks the reader through are from Iceland, Kenya, Antarctica, and Veniceand for each he discusses the hows and whys of his own image-making process.

Each project begins with a beautiful series of 20-30 final images from that projectthis is "the print" section, and it's geared for the reader to really take in those images holistically. Then, duChemin discusses "the process" behind creating those images.

In this section, the reader will see the project images again but as thumbnails, and David goes through each one, explaining very thoroughly his process. duChemin does not "pre-visualize" a scene, as Ansel Adams famously discussed. Instead, he feels it. And it's from that feeling that he begins working with the elements in front of him and looking at the choices available to him. As he moves around, including and excluding elements from the frame, the camera and the photographer become collaborators. It's from this struggle that the final image emerges.

DuChemin has been making images for over two decades, and this process has changed and evolved during that time. By exploring duChemin's images and reflecting on the process behind themboth behind the camera and in post-processingthe reader learns to pay more attention to their own process, and identify ways in which their process can be further examined and improved in order to take more compelling images.

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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 20 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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18185 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (30 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better! 28 Dec. 2012
By Aughrim
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I have been following David's work for some time now and have read many of his eBooks form Craft and Vision and his other titles in Kindle format. I am pleased that I bought this his latest publication in paperback, the quality is superb.

The imagery contained in the book is fabulous, you would expect nothing less. But the way David explains the process that led to the image is what makes this publication so worthwhile. It's not about expensive gear as David so often points out, but it is about developing the creative element that produces unforgettable images and the story behind them.

David duChemin is a photographer to keep your eye on, his work has certainly inspired my own approach to photography. Just buy the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 1 Jun. 2013
By B
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This is a really intriguing read. I wish more photographers would open their photographic soul like David does here, there is real artistic and photographic learning here which is a refreshing change from the normal technically focused photography books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something of Interest 4 Jan. 2013
By Conrad J. Obregon - Published on
When a photographer first begins to capture images he needs instruction in the basics, like exposure, focus, image processing and so forth. As he or she progresses, the photographer extends his or her learning to composition and vision and using image processing software to explicate vision. Once a photographer has mastered these more advanced topics, how does he or she continue his or her learning experience? For me, at least, it has been by examining the work of other visual artists, including not just photographers but painters and sculptors. The process is often enhanced when the artist offers an explanation of his work. Perhaps the most famous photography book of this sort is "Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs" by Ansel Adams. All of this is by way of introducing David duChemin's latest book "The Print and the Process".

The book consists of four monographs (the author prefers this word, meaning the images are related by a single theme, rather than portfolio which suggests more diversity): Venice, Iceland, Kenya and Antarctica. Each monograph starts with a series of images, usually full page, and then proceeds to a discussion of the process, which may include basic concepts like contrast or aspect ratio and includes reference to the photographer's gear list and a short discussion of digital processing, There is then a presentation of thumbnails of the larger images with about one third of a page discussion of each image.

I recommend this book, but it did not have as strong an impact on me as some of the author's earlier works like "Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision" or "Vision & Voice: Refining Your Vision in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Voices That Matter)". Part of this is due to the fact that photography books of this genre vary in their appeal to different photographers - this didn't click for me, but it might hit home for another reader. It pays to experiment with such books because they are so subjective.

I also felt that the format of the book was not as helpful as it could be. The discussion accompanying the thumbnails was too brief and frequently did not relate to the ideas raised in the discussion of the process. The thumbnails were also too small, so that I had to flip back and forth to the larger images. The points raised under the process were useful but seemed more fundamental in some cases than I have come to expect from this author. At the same time some of the points raised about the author's inner state, like the fact that his recent divorce made him want to take images that spoke of isolation would have been far more effective if emphasized in the discussion of individual photographs. As to the individual photographs in the monographs, I found some providing less insight than others, and they often lacked the synergistic effect I've come to expect from a monograph. But let me again emphasize, the value of this type of work can differ significantly from one viewer to the next.

DuChemin always has something interesting to say about photography and, perhaps, life. This book is no exception. It just may not speak as directly to one reader as another.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, Thought Provoking and Motivating 19 Feb. 2013
By Jeremy Hall - Published on
I read a fair number of photography books, looking for the opportunity to pick up a few tricks or the motivation to get out and improve my own abilities to make photos. Some books you pick up and jump to different sections that sound appealing while skipping the rest of the obvious re-runs of basic information. David DuChemin takes a wonderfully different approach of breaking down some very personal projects from start to finish, including his thought process, goals and breaking down the final selected shots individually. This was a title I choose to read from start to finish, engrossing myself in each shoot.

The write up on each of the four projects provided a good mix of technical details along with the emotional catalyst and decision making that took place. More than just reactionary decisions, David describes his motivations and search for developing his concept. Some others have fittingly used the word holistic to David's approach to his photographic ventures. Unlike your recipe style books, this title particularly leads you down a path to understand David' experience in projects so that you can be enlightened with nuggets of inspiration and knowledge in your own efforts.

I left this book feeling motivated to pick my next personal project with more thoughtfulness into the purpose. I definitely recommend this title for any photographer.

Oh, and it's chock full of beautiful photos, worth the price all on their own!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Offering 6 Feb. 2013
By Robert Montgomery - Published on
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I've enjoyed, even loved, all of David's books. They are written with soul, with heart, with care and with consideration. There's no elitism, just heartfelt advice, self-effacing humor and love of photography. All of the photographs are, unsurprisingly, wonderful and illustrative. The stories he tells, though, are what's priceless. I've been to Venice; the chapter on Venice was powerful. Having followed David's work and career, as well as his blog, I'm aware of his accident, his progress and the openness of personal story. The Venice chapter affected me deeply on many levels, and I don't doubt that I will return to that chapter again.

The writing is soulful, honest and moving. The photo are much the same.

Thank you again, David. Bravo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well balanced approach for better photography 26 Dec. 2012
By Jacob Reiskin - Published on
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David's work has kept me a fan for quite some time and this book is yet another reminder of why he does what he does so well. Like another review said, I hardly ever read photography books cover to cover, but I found every snippet of this book to be worthy of my time. He strikes a beautiful balance between vision and technicality. While reading, I constantly found myself evaluating my own vision and I can say that I have walked away with a greater ability to capture the images I want to. However, David didn't do this through a, this is what I do and this is what's right approach. He simply evaluates his own vison in an easy to read, easy to look at book that begs the reader to do the same with their own vision and work. The book isn't so much for the beginner photographer that know's little about what they want, but for the developed photographer this book will help you figure out how to take your work to the next level. As an owner of many photography books, I can confidently say that this book has become my new favorite.

This book is a nuanced and honed in display of David's process that will help the reader pursue their own vison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing my photographic journey and education... 29 Dec. 2012
By Steven Stanger - Published on
I found David through his awesome blog when I had gotten back into (and serious about) photography again. Shortly after finding David's online presence he published his first book and I've been there ever since. If you've ever been lucky enough to hear David speak in person or online you know that his books are written in his voice (yes, I hear him speaking, narrating his words when I'm reading...). This book is no different. David's books read as a discussion on photography, not a lecture.

Picking up and expanding on his "The Print and the Process" e-books, "The Print and the Process: Taking Compelling Photographs from Vision to Expression" takes you along as David travels to four very different parts of the world. He shares with you his emotions (writing about some very personal things) and motivations for taking the photos he shares in this book. Not only does he discuss what was going on 'out in the field' while shooting, but what equipment he used and his digital darkroom workflow.

This book assumes you already know how to work your camera (you do, don't you?) and have a good understanding of exposure, etc. That's a nice way of saying this book isn't for beginners. This book, like all of David's books, are for people that are looking grow photographically -- Not only through technique but through understanding the emotions of why you the photographer, are taking that photo. What are you trying to communicate? What do you wish to share with the viewers of your photography?

I read all David's books cover to cover and keep them handy. If I'm feeling down on my photography or in a slump I usually will start thumbing through his books (which usually leads to rereading them) for inspiration, motivation and a good kick in the pants to get out and shoot.

If you have never read one of David duChemin's books take a look at the book excerpt above ('Click to look inside') -- That's what you're getting in this book and more. Keep in mind even if you're not able to travel to these kinds of exotic places everything in this book can be applied to when you shoot locally, anywhere.
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