The Gift

In Life Is Short, SEVEN, The Craft, The Life Creative, Thoughts & Theory by David17 Comments

The gift of photography is that it teaches us to truly see. This is as true of the photographer with the camera to his eye as it is to the person who experiences the photographs. The camera, subject to so many more limitations than the human eye, the limitations of the frame especially, excels because of those limitations, not despite …

Better Questions

In Pep Talks, Photographically Speaking, The Craft, The Print and The Process, Thoughts & Theory, Vision Is Better by David18 Comments

Prevailing wisdom says there are no stupid questions. But some questions are better than others, lead us to deeper inquiry, raise new, stronger questions, and better address the reason we asked the question in the first place. I hear a lot of questions. In emails, at live events, on my blog, and through social media channels. I suspect, with few …

Yukon Cut Short

In Emily and I, Life Is Short, News & Stuff, Travel by David56 Comments

My first instinct is not to publish this post, which I wrote a week ago, and to leave these events just between me and those privy to my moments of stupidity. But it’s good fodder for my new reality show, which my girl, Cynthia, calls “Dumb Shit David Does.” From the beginning I’ve tried to be truly vulnerable on this …

The Visual Toolbox

In Books, Craft & Vision, e-books, News & Stuff, The Craft by David33 Comments

*UPDATE (SEPTEMBER 24, 2014): The Visual Toolbox has been acquired by Peachpit Press! This product has be pulled from the C&V store never to return. When Peachpit publishes it in early 2015, it’ll hit bookshelves with a new cover, and 10 new chapters. Something about making photographs makes sense to me. It has since I was fourteen. I love photographs, …

September Desktop Wallpaper

In Travel, Wallpapers by David12 Comments

Fresh off the Dempster Highway, in Canada’s Yukon, a couple days ago, Tombstone park ablaze with colour, here’s something for everyone in the northern hemisphere about to enjoy autumn, and for those in the south for whom it’s a ways away. The image above will take you to a full-sized desktop wallpaper – enjoy!  

Postcards from the Yukon

In Postcards From..., Travel, Wilderness by David13 Comments

Sitting beside Kluane Lake, near Destruction Bay, the water an almost-perfect mirror. To the south the mountains and Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. I’m in the Yukon for almost a month, including the time it’s taken to get here and will take to get home. I’m here, with my girl, Cynthia, and my Jeep, Emily, to chase the fall colours …

4th Birthday Sale!

In Books, Craft & Vision, e-books, News & Stuff by David33 Comments

Light the candles. Sing the song. Cut the cake. Craft & Vision is 4 years old. We know we can’t send birthday cake to you in a PDF, but we can go one better. Today and tomorrow only (August 27 & 28, 2013), everything in the Craft & Vision store is 50% off (OK, almost everything. Subscriptions of PHOTOGRAPH are …

Getting UnStuck

In Creativity and Inspiration, Pep Talks, The Life Creative, Vision Is Better by David14 Comments

The late Steve Jobs once said that creativity was nothing more than connecting dots. Ignoring for a moment that creativity is more than just idea generation, and necessarily includes idea execution, I like the metaphor. The more divergent those dots, the more unusual and interesting our ideas and the solutions to the problems we’re working on, whether that’s a new …