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Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, 2nd Edition

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Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, 2nd Edition

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  • Copyright 2016
  • Dimensions: 8" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 2nd
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-428876-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-428876-5

Within the Frame (2009) received critical recognition for its humanity and practical teaching, and in this revision of his classic best-selling book, David duChemin encourages you to search for what matters to you and not give up until you convey it through your photography: “I’m chasing my vision, and you will chase yours in the places best suited to that. What’s important is that you chase that vision intentionally and with passion, refusing to let it be anything but yours and yours alone.” 

Through a heartfelt discussion about creating photographs of people, places, cultures, and the discovery of a personal point of view that makes those stories compelling and authentic, David teaches how to seek and serve your creative vision through the art of photography by highlighting images from his adventures around the world. Regardless of the setting, it’s the lessons about the central role of vision and expression in photography that sets this book apart, even if you never wander far from home. 

David shares the nuances of approaching different subjects, the value of scouting locations (and wandering in unfamiliar places), techniques for photographing landscapes, how to capture a sense of place and culture with sensitivity through images of food, festivals, art and faith, and more. This edition includes new images, creative exercises, updated chapters, a streaming companion video, and discussions about changing perspectives, including an increased focus on landscape photography. Most importantly, David maintains the crucial theme of vision–and he helps you find, cultivate, and pursue your own, and then fit it within the frame. 

 “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 inspired 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 and best-selling author 

“Some photographers inspire you with how great their photographs are, while other photographers inspire you to be a better photographer; David duChemin does both in Within the Frame.” –John Paul Caponigro, photographer 

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE It’s About Vision

Understanding Vision

Chasing Vision

CHAPTER TWO Within the Frame

Photograph What Moves You

Make Me Care

Putting It in the Frame

Excluding It from the Frame

Indecisive Moments

It’s All Subjective

The Illusion of the Exotic

Putting Time Within the Frame

    Length of Time

    Choice of Moment

CHAPTER THREE The Artist and the Geek

Gear Is Good, Vision Is Better

Decent Exposures

    The Best Digital Negative

    Exposing for the Highlights

Seeing the Light

Choose Your Lens Based on Behavior

    Telephoto Lenses

    Pushing the Wide

The Rule of Thirds

There Is No Un-Suck Filter

Inspiration and Perspiration

CHAPTER FOUR Storytelling

Universal Themes

Conflict Within the Frame

The Photo Essay


Attention Management

Leaving Clues and Provoking Questions

CHAPTER FIVE Photographing People

Approaching People

The Language Barrier

The Eyes Have It

Capturing Emotion

On Giving and Taking

Indecent Exposures

Photographing Children

Photographing the Elderly

Candids vs. Portraits

    Why Photograph Candid Street Scenes?

    Staying Focused

Abstracting People

Lighting Challenges on Location

Four More

CHAPTER SIX Photographing Places



Not-So-Great Expectations

Be Prepared

Beyond the Postcard: The Value of Wandering

Slow Down

The Feel of Place: Sensual Exploration

Be Present: Physical and Emotional Receptivity

    Be in the Right Place

Photographing Iconic Places

Iconic Images in Mundane Places

Making the Image

    Wait for It

    Seek It

    Mine It

Adding the Human Element

Adding Scale


Creating Depth with Layers

Photograph the Big Stuff

Shoot the Details


Photographing Culture

Cultural Sensitivity

    Research and Ask Questions

    Values and Taboos

    Different Isn’t Wrong

    We Are All Different, We Are All the Same

History and Heroes

Photographing Food

Festivals and Celebrations

Photographing Art

Photographing Language

Photographing Faith

    Remember the Deeper Subject and Find a Way to Express It

    Be Respectful

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