I’m gonna make this really simple. Buy David’s Book!
David duChemin, one of the most talented (yet humble) photographers I’ve ever known has written a truly wonderful book about the “craft” of photography called Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision. Not your run of he mill “techie”, “geeky” gear guide (you know the kind, this button does this and that button does that and for golly’s sake don’t touch that button fool!) but a real book about learning photography from the heart. A book about the vision and mission that allows a photographer to create meaningful and lasting images.
Its a book about learning to see the world around you in a new way and using that knowledge to tell a compelling story through photographs. But its not just some esoteric lecture. It contains down-to-earth, practical examples on the toughest photographic issues like how to approach people that don’t speak your language and how to be mindful of the values and taboos of other cultures.
It contains answers to those photographic questions that both amateurs and professionals alike don’t learn in a classroom. Answers that come from David’s own experiences, values and his unique vision. The best way I can sum it up is to use a phrase that David often uses, “Gear is Good, Vision is Better”.
BTW – if you’re a gear-head like me, don’t worry. David’s published a bonus chapter over at Peachpit that covers all his gear, packing methods and tips on travel photography. Enough technical stuff to satisfy the photo-geek in all of us!
Finally, its also a book that contains some of the most incredible and beautiful images you’ll ever see. Images that leave you yearning to meet the people David’s photographed over the years and to become part of the story David tells. Its not often I read a book that leaves me saying “wow” and makes me grab my camera and go out shooting.
This is one you won’t want to miss!