Dec 1st


Craft & Vision – The Free eBook

A couple months ago I asked the photographers who write for Craft & Vision, if they’d help me put together a free eBook. I asked them to help me make something that we could just give away (as in FREE, no catches) to the photography community, especially to the students and enthusiastic amateurs among us. They responded really excitedly. The only guidance I gave them was this: it had to about something that could improve the craft of beginners or even advanced amateurs, it had to be something they cared about, and it couldn’t be recycled stuff from something they’d already written. In the end we put together 11 great essays that together will help photographers improve what they do.

This is practical stuff, not just 11 versions of “Improve your vision” or “Practice A Lot.” Eli Reinholdtsen wrote about the power of moments. Nicole S. Young wrote about more intentional compositions. Andrew S. Gibson wrote about personal projects and collaboration while Alexandre Buisse discussed sharing our work as a means to growth. Piet Van den Eynde, in his usual style, gave me two articles—one about giving your images a greater sense of energy, the other about seeing beyond the usual stereotypes about lenses. Landscape photographer Michael Frye talks about learning to direct the eyes of the readers of our photographs. Stuart Sipahigil wrote about slowing down and learning to see. An upcoming C&V author, Martin Bailey, sheds some light on printing. And I’ve chimed in with an article about taming digital exposures and creating stronger portraits.

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Together we’ve tried to create something that is, and will always be, free. But more than that, we wanted it to be helpful. What we got was more than just amazing content – it’s almost 70 gorgeous pages and I’m really proud of the Craft & Vision family for creating it together. We welcome you to download it, to learn from it, and to tell others about it. It wasn’t specifically meant to be released around the holidays, because I think generosity should be a 12-month-a-year thing, but since it’s December 1st, let me also take this chance, on behalf of the whole Craft & Vision team, to wish you happy holidays and peace and beauty as the new year comes. If you download this and love it, would you help us spread the love and tell others? We’ll pay for the bandwidth if you’ll tweet about it, blog it up, and Facebook the heck out of it. :-)

Comments (74)
  1. Brett

    December 1, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Kia Ora. Thanks for the free ebook! Much appreciated. Can’t wait to download it into my brain :) Need a bit of inspiration at the moment.

  2. Marc Flemington

    December 1, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Thanks David & Craft & Vision for the freebie.
    It’s just what I need to develop my skills.

  3. December 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Thank you David and everyone at Craft & Vision for the free ebook! I can use the inspiration!

  4. December 1, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Awesome work guys, thank you so much!

  5. Deb

    December 1, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I’m getting an error when I try. “Cart Error: Free Checkout will be available again on December 2, 2011 @ 00:00 MST”

  6. December 1, 2011 at 4:08 am

    I got an error :( it doesn’t work anymore

  7. jaiparkash

    December 1, 2011 at 4:10 am

    What an inspiring friend …..
    I am touched by the images you put on your site …

  8. December 1, 2011 at 4:20 am

    I got the same error too

  9. scott fairbairn

    December 1, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Great idea if it’s for real. I got the same error.

  10. December 1, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Great present, thanks a lot!
    I hope the download will be back soon.


  11. December 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

    “would you help us spread the love and tell others?”
    Yes, I will


  12. December 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I love reading your blog and I hope you’re having a great trip! Thanks also for the early gift! Will the download be available again? Did I miss something?

  13. Valerie

    December 1, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I got an error, too.

  14. David Olmstead

    December 1, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I was able to download this free e-book almost one week ago from an unrelated site. I was surprised to find it being released just today on Pixelated. Daivd, thanks for the book it was another good read and offered some very good advice.

  15. December 1, 2011 at 7:06 am

    David – what was the other site?


  16. December 1, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Sorry everyone. We’re just working out an issue with our shopping cart. Stay tuned :)

  17. December 1, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Yes David O. and Martin, we can’t expect everyone to do the right thing. We asked them to remove it from their servers but I don’t believe they did. Please bear with us while we fix the error and you can download it from our site or through one of our affiliates. Thanks for your patience.

  18. Frederic Colas

    December 1, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Wow! David, you really set the standard when it comes to photographic education. No that anybody here needs an additional incentive to purchase your flurry of e-books, but the concept of this latest e-book is really neat! Thx and happy holidays to you.

  19. December 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

    We’re back online! Go!

  20. Valerie

    December 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Yeah! Thanks so much.

  21. Chris Trudgen

    December 1, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Seems to be erroring on checkout again. Saying its currently unavalible.

  22. December 1, 2011 at 11:00 am

    10:55am PST. Sorry. Just working through yet another service interuption. I’m on it. Please check back in a bit.

  23. c1asia

    December 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

    link doesn’t work

  24. December 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Looks like we’ll have to wait a few hours. Sorry. I’ve removed the purchase buttons for now. When they re-appear it means you’ll be able to download it. Good times :(

  25. December 1, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    David thank you so much! I always enjoy your books! I am looking forward to donwnload and read it.

  26. December 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    David, Corwin, Craftina, thanks for your efforts!

  27. David

    December 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Nah, still not working

  28. Katherine

    December 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    thank you so much. What a fabulous holiday gift. Best to the whole team.

  29. December 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    It’s available for download again. Problem fixed :)

  30. December 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you so much! I love the e-books.

  31. December 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Thank you so much for the generous inspiration in many ways!

  32. December 2, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Thanks, this looks very interesting. A nice read for the coming dark winter days.

  33. December 2, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Nice book! I liked the most parts “Understanding the stages” by Alexandre Buisse and “The power of the moment” by Eli Reinholdtsen. Most of the other parts are pretty ordinary though…

  34. December 2, 2011 at 4:06 am

    HI folks, thanks for the comments. Sorry for the glitches, but we’re doing something we’ve never done before and having to work through some of this just wasn’t anticipated. Kudos to you for your patience, and to my team at home (I’m in Antarctica right now) for resolving it. I hope the book serves you well and takes you a little further on your journey. :-)

  35. Francie

    December 2, 2011 at 4:08 am

    David, you and your team are the best! The link worked perfectly this morning at 6:50 am EDT, just fyi.
    It is so wonderful to see that you are out in the field again, I look forward to viewing your new work.
    Your generosity of spirit is reflected throughout your blogs and the Craft and Vision website, thank you so much for sharing it!

  36. Maria

    December 2, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Thanks so much!

  37. December 2, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Davids books are some of the best I have read in years NEVER a bad decision to pick one up for a read FOR A PHOTOG THAT IS

  38. December 2, 2011 at 6:35 am

    THANK YOU!!! It’s fantastic – so many great photographers and great advice!

  39. Wei Wen Liu

    December 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

    David, thanks so much.

  40. December 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

    thanks gud stuff. we will suggest to our students worldwide.
    Pinna Infotech Support

  41. December 2, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Thanks! Nice little book, and nice to see what you all have been up to

  42. brenda

    December 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Thank you so much…and also thank you for making the process of downloading the book so simple. Your grace is appreciated.

    Digging in….

  43. Steve

    December 2, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Thank you for this book. A well-balanced combination of helpful reminders and new ideas.
    I particularly enjoyed “Understanding the Stages” by Alexandre Buisse – a very insightful article.

  44. December 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Awesome! It is amazing that you would produce such a beautiful and useful book that you’re giving away for free! I appreciate all of the info you’ve provided here.

  45. JacquelineY

    December 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Thank you for the free book. I can’t wait to read it. I know you said the timing wasn’t on purpose but I feel like the holidays have truly started now! :)

  46. Debbi Koplen

    December 2, 2011 at 10:07 am

    David, thank you for the free book! I picked up your bundled set of eBooks while I was on the site, too. Can’t wait to dig into them all. I also let a small group of photographers I lead here in the D.C area know about the freebie, and put in a plug for you, as well.

    I hope you are staying warm and pain-free in Antactica. I know it still hurts, though.


  47. December 2, 2011 at 11:01 am

    A beautiful e-book, glorious images and thoughtful, practical advice .. and at a price we can all afford! Thanks very much to all the contributors and the C&V team who made it happen.

  48. Joolz

    December 2, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you!!! <3

  49. December 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    WOW! Thank you! That’s so amazingly kind! Can’t wait to read it! :)

  50. December 2, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks David! Just downloaded my free e-book and am really looking forward to diving into it.

  51. December 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I got mine; thanks so much, David. It looks great.

  52. pherenike

    December 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Unfortunately it doesn’t work.

  53. December 3, 2011 at 4:15 am

    error message since yesterday… tried many times but doenst work :(

  54. December 3, 2011 at 5:11 am

    […] at all, even if you do not consider yourself a photographer, go check out this free e-book, Craft & Vision: 11 Ways to Improve Your Photography.  It is a stunning book of amazing photos and tips on how to improve your photos.    Now I am […]

  55. December 3, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Just downloaded…only time for a quick look right now but from what I have seen ~ beautiful images, wonderful information. Thank You!

  56. Deepak K.C

    December 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

    this is my first time ….could anyone, PLZ, suggest me how to download!
    looking forwards your kind suggestion and guidelines
    Deepak from

  57. December 3, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Dave, your specialness is a blessing for us all – thank you and all of your friends and work mates ..very excited about your Antarctic notes! honourings!

  58. Valerie

    December 3, 2011 at 10:41 am


    I think their cart just gets overwhelmed. That would explain why people sometimes can get it and sometimes not. Once you make it through the checkout, there’s a download link.

  59. john kublick

    December 4, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Thankyou so much – Just downloaded my free e-book and I am really looking forward to read it …

  60. December 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Hi David:

    Thank you so much for this PDF free book. I just downloaded it and will start reading it this evening.

    Benjamin Franklin said, “When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.”

    God Bless,


  61. December 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I just posted this on DPReview;
    Hi All; For about a year now I have been following the career of David duChemin a young Canadian photographer. His blog tends to be full of good advice and his main message can be summed up up in a few words “It’s not about the gear its about your vision”.

    He recently came out with a new eBook created with the help of 10 other young successful photographers who all have written brief essays on different themes.

    And it is free.

    I just finished reading and looking at my copy and found it interesting, helpful and inspiring. So I thought some of you might be interested.…/blog/2011/12/craft-vision-the-free-ebook/

    Dick K.

  62. December 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Thanks David,

    I’ve been really inspired by your site & am so grateful to have come across VisionMongers. I look forward to getting stuck into this.

    Thomas Williams

  63. December 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks for posting this!

    Any chance it’ll be available through the iPad app?


  64. December 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    […] I’ve just seen that David actually has a free ebook available from Craft and Vision. […]

  65. antonia

    December 9, 2011 at 11:30 am

    many many tanks,

  66. ds

    December 10, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Thanks David & Craft and Vision!

  67. December 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    […] wüssten sie, wovon sie reden. Etwas mehr über das Buch und dessen Entstehungsgeschichte lesen Sie hier. […]

  68. Anke

    January 26, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Thank you very much! I so love the CaV-books – they’re really, really inspiring and helpful. Though they always leave me with a huge feeling of “faraway-sickness” – I really want to see all those wonder ful places for myself! :-)

  69. March 28, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    You made a thoughtful point but I wonder, what about the flipside?

  70. April 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    […] for all you photo enthusiasts. I’ve come across this info at David Duchemin’s blog, Pixelatedimage, as David is one of the minds behind Craft & Vision. Anyway, visit his blog or Craft & […]

  71. May 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    […] Craft & Vision – The Free eBook A couple months ago I asked the photographers who write for Craft & Vision, if they’d help me put together a free eBook. I asked them to help me make something that we could just give away (as in FREE, no catches) to the photography community, especially to the students and enthusiastic amateurs among us. They responded really excitedly. The only guidance I gave them was this: it had to about something that could improve the craft of beginners or even advanced amateurs, it had to be something… […]