When Within the Frame was first published in 2009, it received high praise for both its practical teaching and its humanity. Ten years later, it is a best-selling modern classic and a must-read.
Author David duChemin’s masterful and balanced emphasis on both the head and the heart—craft and technique on the one hand, passion and vision on the other—mirror the process of creating compelling, meaningful photographs that convey your vision. Filled with engaging photography, thought-provoking text, actionable takeaways, and creative exercises, the book’s message continues to resonate strongly with readers across the globe.
Celebrating a decade since its original publication, this 10th Anniversary Edition of Within the Frame has been given a hardcover treatment and an updated, refined design, but retains everything that has made it so well received in over a dozen languages.
Whether you’re encountering this classic for the first time or revisiting its universal themes, you’ll find the book inspirational and instructional in its real-world wisdom and beautiful photography. David continues to encourage you to reach beyond the usual shortcuts and search for what matters to you, not giving 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 genuine and soulful 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. He 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, faith, and more. Most importantly, David maintains the crucial theme of vision and helps you find, cultivate, and pursue your own—and then fit it within the frame.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: It’s About Vision
Chapter 2: Within the Frame
Chapter 3: The Artist and the Geek
Chapter 4: Storytelling
Chapter 5: Photographing People
Chapter 6: Photographing Places
Chapter 7: Photographing Culture
David duChemin is a world and humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader whose spirit of adventure fuels his fire to create and share. Based in Vancouver, Canada, David chases compelling images on all seven continents. When on assignment, David creates powerful photographs that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable, and the oppressed for the international NGO community. When creating the art he so passionately shares, David strives to capture the beauty of the natural world. Find David online at davidduchemin.com.
Reviews of Previous Editions of Within the Frame
“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
“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
“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, CEO of KelbyOne
Highlights of Amazon Reviews of Previous Editions
“An extraordinary book” —Robert Norman
“Best photography book I’ve read” —W. Layman
“My go-to photog book” —dewey134
“How to make, not take, a photograph” —J. Wells
“A must read” —Photogeek
“A constant inspiration” —Alan Lawrence
“The ‘Why to Shoot’ book of the year” —Chris Ward
“Hard to describe so I’ll go with: transcendent” —Carson McComas
“Must have for beginning photographers” —Ciccone F.
“Overflowing with information, inspiration, and motivation” —Jeffrey Chapman