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    THE VISUAL TOOLBOX
    60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs

    (Peachpit/New Riders, 2015)
    288 pages. Available in softcover and digital formats.

    THE VISUAL TOOLBOX is David duChemin’s curriculum for learning not just how to use a camera–but how to make stronger photographs. He has developed 60 lessons, each one a stepping stone to becoming more proficient with the tools of this art, and the means to create deeper visual experiences with your images. David introduces you to the technical side of the craft but quickly moves on to composition, the creative process, and the principles that have always been responsible for making great photographs; he shows you these principles and invites you to play with them, turn them on their heads, and try a different approach to create beautiful, compelling images with your camera.


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    PHOTOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
    A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images

    (Peachpit/New Riders, 2011)
    272 pages. Available in softcover and digital formats.

    Vision—crucial as it is—is not the ultimate goal of photography; expression is the goal. And to best express ourselves, it is necessary to learn and use the grammar and vocabulary of the visual language. Photographically Speaking is about learning photography’s visual language to better speak to why and how a photograph succeeds, and in turn to consciously use that visual language in the creation of our own photographs, making us stronger photographers who are able to fully express and communicate our vision.

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    WITHIN THE FRAME
    The Journey of Photographic Vision

    (Peachpit/New Riders, 2009)
    272 pages. Available in softcover and digital formats.

    Within The Frame was David’s first book, achieving critical acclaim and becoming a best-seller very quickly. This is the book that started it all. Briefly, it is a book about the passionate photography of people, places, and culture. It features a Foreword by Joe McNally and an Afterword from Vincent Versace and has been published worldwide in over a dozen languages.

    “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 inspire 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, from the Foreword.

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    THE PRINT & THE PROCESS
    Taking Compelling Photographs from Vision to Expression

    (Peachpit/New Riders, 2012)
    264 pages. Available in softcover and digital formats.

    The Print and the Process is a book of ideas, thoughts, and techniques about our photographs and the process that leads us to the final image. In this beautiful book, David takes the reader behind the scenes on four distinct photographic projects, discussing motivation, image creation, and post-production. Featured work is from Iceland, Kenya, Antarctica, and Venice–and for each he discusses the hows and whys of his own image-making process.Each project begins with a beautiful series of 20-30 final images from that project–this is “the print” section, and it’s geared for the reader to really take in those images holistically. Then, duChemin discusses “the process” behind creating those images. In this section, the reader will see the project images again but as thumbnails, and David goes through each one, explaining very thoroughly his process.

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    VISIONMONGERS
    Making A Life and a Living in Photography

    (Peachpit/New Riders, 2009)
    272 pages. Available in softcover and digital formats.

    For those who want to make the transition into the world of vocational photography—staying true to your craft and vision, while fusing that craft with commerce VisionMongers is a great place to begin your journey. With a voice equally realistic and encouraging, photographer David duChemin discusses the experiences he’s had, the lessons he’s learned, and the practices he’s adopted in his own winding journey to becoming a successful working photographer.Along the way, duChemin features the stories of nine other photographers—including Chase Jarvis, Gavin Gough, and Zack Arias—whose paths, while unique, have all shared a commitment and passion for bringing their own vision to market. With VisionMongers, you’ll learn what paths have been taken—what has worked for these photographers—and you’ll be equipped to begin the process of forging your own.

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    VISION & VOICE
    Refining Your Vision In Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    (Peachpit/New Riders, 2010)
    272 pages. Available in softcover and digital formats.

    There are three images that go into making a photographer’s final image: the one she envisions, the one she shoots, and the one she develops. Vision and Voice is about this third and last component, as the photographer brings the image into the Develop module of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Most often, the most powerful images strongly communicate just one message, theme, or emotion. This book teaches readers how to take that theme or emotion they had when they first shot the image, and carry it through to the development process in Lightroom. After discussing this crucial process of bringing the photographer’s intention and vision to Lightroom, duChemin reveals his personal process for developing images in Lightroom, as he works through 20 images, beginning with the RAW digital negative and finishing with the final, developed image ready to share.

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    SEVEN (Limited Edition)
    Seven Continents + Seven Years: A Photographic Journey

    (Craft & Vision Press, 2013)
    160 pages. Available in hardcover, 12″ x 12″. Italian Linen. Shipping Incl.

    This is a limited edition. Only 1000 were printed. It ships signed by the author.

    His first art book, SEVEN is a retrospective of David’s work from 2006 to early 2013. “I created this as a legacy piece. I wanted to create something beautiful, inside and out. Something that was a delight to touch and hold. I wanted something that would inspire and show you the world the way I see it, in these fleeting glimpses of beauty, hope, and wonder. Unlike so much of what I publish, this is not an educational book. The book opens with a short essay about the gift of photography, and what follows is photograph after photograph, quietly captioned with location and date. I want, at the end of the day, my photographs to speak for themselves. I also believe that looking at, and studying, photographs, is some of the best education we can have in terms of making our own photographs.”

EBOOKS

 

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    MAKING THE IMAGE
    The Creative Path to Stronger Photographs

    (Craft & Vision, 2015)
    160 pages. Available in PDF format.

    Have you ever wanted an experienced photographer to look over your shoulder once in a while and ask you why you’re doing this or that, and whether you’d considered trying something different? Have you ever wished you could peer over the shoulder of a photographer who makes work you respect, and see what decisions they’re making and why? Yes? You’re exactly the person David made this latest book for.

    Making the Image is about the way we make photographs – the questions we ask ourselves between the moment we see something and say, Oh my God, Look at that! and the moment we make the final photograph.  This is a 160-page eBook, that comes with a Quick Reference Guide and a 45-minute Companion Video. It was made in the hope that it’ll be the next step you’ve been looking for on the path to learning to create photographs that are stronger, and more authentic and creative. It’s like having David along with you, asking you why you’re doing this, and if you’ve thought of trying it differently. Only it’s better because when he’s there in real life he’s not so easy to shut up.

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    SEE THE WORLD BUNDLE
    Lessons + Case Study for Stronger Travel Photographs

    (Craft & Vision, 2015)
    210 + 80 pages. Available in PDF format.

    The best photographs from around the world have little to do with the camera that was used or how compact the tripod was.

    This 210-page PDF eBook covers some of the concerns of traveling, such packing lists, dealing with carry-on luggage restrictions, and choosing gear, but those are just the trivial details. The important details are in the 20 lessons designed to teach you what David believes is the real art of making photographs while traveling and experiencing new places, landscapes, and cultures. See the World outlines the importance of storytelling and finding elements of the visual language that help you tell those stories, dealing with people, and working through the creative process of seeing places for the first time.

    Included in the book are interviews with veteran photographers Bob Krist and Art Wolfe, both of whom have traveled the world for the span of their respective careers. This bundle includes an 80-page case study from Northern Kenya, and a a 17-minute downloadable video tutorial on post-production decisions and techniques in Lightroom.

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    HOW TO FEED A STARVING ARTIST
    A Financial Field Guide for Creatives, Solopreneurs,
    and Other Anarchists

    (Craft & Vision, 2014)
    186 pages. Available in PDF and Kindle formats.

    This a book about money for creative people, people who don’t want to talk about money, feel like they need to take a long, hot, shower when they do, but who need to get a handle on their finances so they can continue to do what they love with greater freedom. It is also a book about simple financial possibilities available to artists and other creatives. Like its predecessor, A Beautiful Anarchy, this is an honest book about freedom. It promises no get-rich-quick solutions, just sound wisdom and actionable ideas to help you change the way you think and act in relationship to your money. It’s a starting place for people who want the freedom not necessarily to be rich, but to live their dreams and fill their days with the art and adventure they long for. Money’s not the point, not even remotely. But money makes things possible. If you want to get a better handle on your finances, stop stressing out about making ends meet, and want to get closer to “living the dream” by doing what you love, How To Feed A Starving Artist is a great place to start that journey.


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    A BEAUTIFUL ANARCHY
    When the Life Creative Becomes the Life Created

    (Craft & Vision, 2014)
    152 pages. Available in PDF and Kindle formats.

    A Beautiful Anarchy is a vulnerable, honest, and insightful book about the human longing to create, whether that’s a family, a business, a book or a photograph. Our greatest creation can be an intentional life lived on our terms. For those that already identify as creative people, this book is an invitation to more intentionally explore your creative process. For anyone that’s ever said, “but I’m not really creative,” it’s a call to exhume a part of yourself that desperately needs to get out and breathe.

    “A Beautiful Anarchy is raw energy bundled up in a book, and opening its cover is like lighting a fuse. This isn’t an ordinary book. It’s message is challenging and liberating at the same time. What I like best, is that David’s words are grounded in a life that is well lived. Reading it is like gaining access to the mentor and friend I always wished I had. A Beautiful Anarchy is a manifesto that has changed how I see the world. Read this book if you want to make more meaningful photographs and live a more complete life.” ~ Chris Orwig, author of Visual Poetry.


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    THE VISUAL IMAGINATION
    Ideas and Techniques for Creative Photographic Expression

    (Craft & Vision, 2014)
    65 pages. Available in PDF and Kindle formats.

    Let your camera and your creativity out of the box! Our cameras do amazing things, but since the beginnings of this craft, we’ve leaned heavily towards illustrative and literal interpretations of the world around us. Freed from the need to be so literal, we can create photographs that are beautifully expressive.  This eBook is about that expression.

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    SEVEN+
    Seven Continents + Seven Years: A Photographic Journey
    Expanded Digital Edition

    (Craft & Vision, 2013)
    200 pages. Available in PDF format.

    SEVEN+ is a retrospective collection of the personal work of David duChemin done over the last seven years on seven continents. This is an expanded digital edition of the limited edition print book. 200 pages of beautiful work, SEVEN+ is a stunning eBook at a great value.

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    VISION IS BETTER (BUNDLE)
    Free The Mind, Free the Camera

    (Craft & Vision)
    Four eBooks. Available in PDF format.

    The VISION IS BETTER series is a massive compilation of the best of David’s blog, spanning almost 10 years of articles, stories, essay, photographs, and tutorials to make you a better photographer, and including unpublished articles. If you like the cut of David’s jib, so to speak, and his writing feeds you in a way you don’t get from others, this is the best way to get him at his best – curated, re-edited, with larger photographs, and offline. Ready for you anytime.

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    THE CREATED IMAGE (BUNDLE)
    The 2-Volume Video Series

    (Craft & Vision)
    26 hours. Available for download and private online viewing.

    Pre-recorded conference sessions from the 2013 and 2014 conference. Hosted by David duChemin, best-selling author and international humanitarian and travel photographer, the Vancouver (Canada) event series was a photography event like no other. It was an intimate conference dedicated to the art of photography and the journey of craftsmanship that gets us there . . . and now you can experience from the comfort of your digital devices.

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    LR DEVELOP PRESETS
    36 Adobe Lightroom Presets

    (Craft & Vision)
    Compatible with Lightroom 4, 5, and 6.

    This Adobe Lightroom Develop Preset Package includes 36 of David duChemin’s most-used presets, together with an 18-page PDF guide that includes a how-to installation process + before and after photographs to show you the possible results from each preset. Because they can easily and quickly add finishing touches to your images, presets are helpful in making your workflow more efficient.

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    PORTRAITS OF EARTH
    An Introduction to Landscape Photography

    (Craft & Vision)
    65 spreads. Available in PDF format.

    In this inspiring and beautiful eBook, author David duChemin shares what he has learned about landscape photography while chasing the light across seven continents. Drawing on almost 30 years in photography and his world travels, David includes sections on Gear, Composition, Light, Land, Water, Snow, and Detail Shots, as well as Behind the Shot sections regarding exposure blending, maximizing sharpness, using ND and polarizer filters, and shooting in weather.

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    FORGET MUGSHOTS
    10 Steps to Better Portraits

    (Craft & Vision)
    35 spreads. Available in PDF format.

    Forget Mugshots, 10 Steps To Better Portraits is for every photographer who’s ever wanted to make stronger photographs of people. Author David duChemin is a photographer whose calling for the last ten years has been creating compelling portraits and people photographs for clients all over the globe, and these ten steps are his personal checklist.

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    A DEEPER FRAME
    Creating Deeper Photographs & More Engaging Experiences

    (Craft & Vision)
    23 spreads. Available in PDF format.

    A Deeper Frame is an introduction to the discussion about re-introducing the illusion—or perception—of depth that is removed when the camera flattens the three-dimensional world into two. A Deeper Frame outlines seven ways to create more engaging images through the re-creation of a sense of depth, to create photographs that feel immersive and invite a reader of that photograph to not merely look at the photograph but into it.

     

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    THE VISION-DRIVEN PHOTOGRAPHER
    Notes on Discovering & Refining Your Vision

    (Craft & Vision)
    24 spreads. Available in PDF format.

    The Vision Driven Photographer is an engaging and inspiring ebook focused on helping photographers of all levels make stronger photographs by identifying or re-discovering their photographic vision.

    By clarifying the things you want to say you’re better able to wield the tool of your expression – your camera – to create photographs that say what you want to say, and move others. Working through these insights and the accompanying creative exercises will help you uncover or re-discover your vision, first personally, then photographically.

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    THE INSPIRED EYE (BUNDLE)
    Notes on Creativity for Photographers

    (Craft & Vision)
    3 eBooks. Available in PDF format.

    A candid discussion, in 3 eBooks, about the way we think and create – it’s about what happens before and during the time the camera comes to our eye and the shutter is pressed. It’s about how we deal with constraints, challenges, and inspiration; it’s about how we light and feed the fire of creativity.

    If you want to create great photographs, gear and technique alone won’t get you there. The continual focus on gear at the expense of creativity is why so many who love this craft become frustrated. Spend too much time on the peripherals – gear and technique – without tending to our creative process, and we risk ending up really proficient at creating photographs that are uninspired and uninspiring.

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    TEN
    Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear

    (Craft & Vision)
    FREE. Available in PDF format.

    TEN was David duChemin’s first eBook and still the most popular by a landslide. The premise is simple: if photographers could cut through the noise and work on their craft without being bombarded with the need to buy more gear, and the newest and shiniest, we’d become better at our craft and create more compelling images. TEN is exactly what it says it is, an exploration of ten techniques and ideas that can improve any photographer’s work.

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    TEN MORE
    Ten More Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Gear

    (Craft & Vision)
    FREE. Available in PDF format.

    TEN MORE picks up where TEN left off. The question it addresses is still the same: how can I improve my photography without spending a pile of cash on big lenses and the latest must-have widget? This is a short course in expanding your photography and can be read either on its own or as a companion to TEN.

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    DRAWING THE EYE
    Creating Stronger Images Through Visual Mass

    (Craft & Vision)
    17 pages. Available in PDF format.

    Drawing The Eye will change the way you look at your craft by teaching you how to understand and use the ways in which the eye reads a photograph in order to create more powerful images. Broken into four parts, Drawing The Eye looks at this concept of visual mass, or visual pull, in concept, in camera, in post-processing, and then through creative exercises related to each of these sections. Don’t let the title fool you; this is not academia. David opens up a real-world discussion about making images that are more powerful because they’re made with a fuller understanding of where the eye moves in an image, and how that understanding can change the way you shoot and process your images.

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    CHASING THE LOOK
    10 Ways to Improve The Aesthetics of Your Photographs

    (Craft & Vision)
    26 pages. Available in PDF format.

    Chasing the Look outlines how to make intentional choices about the use of your gear and the settings on your camera based on their aesthetic effect. It begins to answer the question we all ask at some point while looking at the images of others: “How come my photographs don’t look like that?”  While part of that question is answered simply in that we all have different visions—and therefore different images—part of it must also be that we are not paying enough attention to the look each decision brings to the final image. David walks you through those elements and encourages you to begin thinking aesthetically, not merely technically.

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    VENICE, A MONOGRAPH
    The Print & The Process Series

    (Craft & Vision)
    47 pages. Available in PDF format.

    VENICE, A Monograph is a collection of over 30 photographs created along themes of loneliness and solitude over a 5-day period in Venice in May 2010, and followed by a discussion of the Why and the How behind the images. This first installment of The Print & The Process series is laid out in landscape format to make viewing equally good on the iPad as well as desktop and laptop computers.

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    ICELAND, A MONOGRAPH
    The Print & The Process Series

    (Craft & Vision)
    65 pages. Available in PDF format.

    Iceland, A Monograph is a showcase of David duChemin’s photographic vision and creative process behind his trip to one of the world’s most stunning places. This eBook is a look at 39 of the images created in Iceland, and David discusses landscape technique, as well as the more internal processes related to creation. The process and thinking behind the photographs are explained from a technical angle and the discussion of post-processing includes two downloadable Adobe Lightroom Presets.

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    SAFARI, A MONOGRAPH
    The Print & The Process Series

    (Craft & Vision)
    62 pages. Available in PDF format.

    This eBook offers an honest discussion about the issues connected to the creation of duChemin’s SAFARI monograph, including the gear used, the techniques employed, and the lessons learned. It’s an eBook that will provide you with inspiration amidst the details of the Why and the How. This is not so much about how to photograph your first safari, though you’ll learn that too; it’s a look at the lessons learned, and re-learned, by a photographer who is now 25 years into his craft. Also included are the Adobe Lightroom settings used for Serengeti Chocolate, the duo-tone look in which much of his SAFARI monograph has been styled, and a downloadable Lightroom Preset.