Quick Book Review: “Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision” by David DuChemin

This is a really wonderful book on the art and practice of photography, with the main emphasis on how to achieve your photographic vision, rather than the camera mechanics.  The author has a deep respect for his photographic subjects, and he really puts his heart and soul into the photographs he takes. He explains very clearly and honestly why things resonate with him, and illustrates his points beautifully with a multitude of striking, poignant photographs that he’s taken over the years.  It’s a very inspirational book, and there were a few times where, after reading one of his chapters, I literally grabbed my camera and headed outside to take photos, as I burned with enthusiasm and renewed appreciation for the craft. He writes very humbly and honestly, and his reverence for people, nature, and other cultures was very relatable for me.  The “how to” books are helpful, but I tend to gravitate more toward books that delve into the creative aspects of photography.  We all want to create images that tell a story and evoke feelings and emotions, and this book is focused on helping readers achieve this.  A truly fabulous, engaging book.  

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