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Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision (Voices That Matter) Paperback – 1 May 2009
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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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David emphasises the importance of developing "Vision". Vision is not what you see (that results in just a record shot) but what you feel and what you want to say about the subject. The challenge is how to interpret that to produce a powerful image which moves the viewer and elicits an emotional reaction in tune with the character, the inner self, the dignity or spirit of the person being photographed.
Each image in the book is accompanied by camera data including focal length, shutter speed, aperture and ISO setting. This means that you can see for yourself how, for example, the aperture setting has affected the depth of field so if it's not quite to your liking you might in similar circumstances reduce it to get more of the picture in-focus front to back.
Within The Frame is a good read and provides thoughtful insight for those concerned with capturing better travel and street image in-camera rather than looking to major adjustments in Photoshop afterwards.
The focus is more on using your gut feeling, being patient and aware of your surroundings. Also, although most pictures where taken in some exotic location, the author stresses that the difference between a good picture and one that draws the viewer in and actually makes her feel something, is your attitude towards the subject, not where in the world you happen to be.
Overall, I liked "Within the Frame" alot for showing me the "emotional" side of photography.
This book is more about taking the shot and why rather than how to setup your camera. If you are interested in Photography you will be interested in why the photographer took that shot and the thought process behind it. Every page was a pleasure to read, I couldn't put the book down. This book challenges you to see more through the view finder and realise the image you have in your mind.
For me reading about the photographer and the reasons he\she has the passion to take better photographs is as inspiring as reading how to take the shot.
Give this book a try, it's full of great photographs which alone will inspire you to go out and shoot.
I was searching for inspirational words on how to "see" through the frame and David does an outstanding job on providing such awareness.
I was afraid that this book's photos, mostly on exotic/remote locations would narrow and bias the message, but that is not so: read the book like if you are reading a novel and within some distracted moment you will notice how your perception of the surroundings has changed slightly.
I particularly like the balance he puts on "gear is good, vision is better".
It has definitely contributed to my photographic growing experience.
DuChemin has the benefit of being paid to travel to certain destinations and also has at his fingertips a greater array of lenses than most of us ordinary folks will be able to justify. Few would have possession of very fast lenses with apertures of 1.2 or 1.4, and certainly not in medium focal lengths - they are beyond most people's budgets. Most of the images were taken in several Asian locations with parts of Africa and the Caribbean region following. A few are of European locations. Much of his imagery is excellent and predominantly either portraits or character studies.
The majority of the images are in colour and I have the impression that most have had their vivacity turned up a notch or two. If that makes for an image that sells - and that is the author's main purpose - I have no objection. I do have a criticism of the many monochrome images also included, most of which are presented in a rose-purple tone and a few in a blue tone. I would rather see them in a neutral tone without the need to 'colorise' them. Personally, I have the impression that they slightly spoil what would otherwise be a near-perfect experience.
Many of the images have attached to them brief details of location and of the exposure used which, in the very unlikely event that one was to find the precise location and subject, would be of great worth as it would probably not be possible to repeat the shot and utilise that information. Lighting conditions, weather, time of day, season and various other factors will all have some effect upon possible exposure on another occasion.
In addition to its core intent in attempting to assist with the different attitudes, cultures and expectations of other countries, the book includes advice about what might make a good photograph. As so much is likely to be 'new' and 'different' when visiting a foreign location, there may be a temptation to photograph just about everything or everyone but a little moderation, thought and self-control may help ensure that most of your shots are good ones. It may also help to take some notes, either in writing or on an audio recorder, even if your camera supports GPS data which can later be translated to precise locations.
There is much very useful information in its pages and some very attractive images, plus a few that I found slightly annoying due to issues of presentation.
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