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Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  185 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
When looking at a photograph, too often a conversation starts–and, unfortunately, ends–with a statement such as, “I like it.” The logical next question, “Why?”, often goes unasked and unanswered. As photographers, we frequently have difficulty speaking about images because, frankly, we don’t know how to think about them. And if we don’t know how to think about a photograph ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by New Riders Publishing (first published January 1st 2009)
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Paul Deveaux
Mar 07, 2012 Paul Deveaux rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
This is a book about how to critique photographs. Although not as extensive as other works on the subject it presents a sound methodology and vocabulary for talking about images. This is. Of meant to be the only source for photographic criticism but merely one voice that will be a guide on the journey. David talks about lens choice, point of view, light, and moment as elements that convey the photographer's vision. Written in a very approachable style the casual photographer will easily glean a ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Barbara rated it it was ok
Within the Frame was such a strong book that my expectations were high for this one. First, this book needed far, far better editing. Regarding one photograph he said "there's hardly a horizontal line" and two paragraphs later, he notes, "there are plenty of horizontal lines." While I can certainly see for myself it's an error, paying $45 for a book with as many errors as this one has is simply unacceptable. My frustration peaked at the end. I don't have the patience to go back and quote what he ...more
Dec 20, 2012 Natasha rated it really liked it
I learned a lot from this book about taking great photos. I think that as a result of reading this book my photos will get better because I will be more mindful of the meaning and story I am trying to express and convey w/my photos as opposed to just shooting something because I think it looks cool. I will pay more attention to the aspects of a scene and how the lighting, lines, POV and balance can help or hurt what I want to say with my pictures. The author and photographer also has many ...more
Nov 25, 2011 Deigh rated it it was ok
Overall I think this book could use some serious editing. If you have read any of his previous books or follow the postings on his blog this book will seem like a repeat. He makes good points that all photographers should keep aware of and then instead of a simple example and a short sentence he goes on and on page after page repeating what he said at the beginning and often times things from a previous example. Very tiresome and it felt like he was padding the writing so he could get a book out ...more
Mar 12, 2016 Simeon rated it it was ok
Intellectualising photography ...
This is my third book by David duChemin and I found a lot - ideas, photoes etc - repeating themselves and from quite an early point in the bookd struggled to find the added value from all those words. The first part is a [sometimes] perfunctory run through basic concepts that are found in much bigger details and better explained elsewhere (viz Michael Freeman). It is not quite clear who the target audience of this book is - the amateur, the advanced enthusiast, o
Nov 27, 2013 Sean rated it liked it
If you've read The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman, you will probably not find too much more here that will improve your composition skills. If you only want to read one book on composition I'd go with Freeman's volume.

If you want a general intro to photography plus some composition tips this is an ok book. But for anyone with more working knowledge of photography this book is highly skippable.
Lesli Cohan
Oct 02, 2013 Lesli Cohan rated it it was amazing

David duChemin is an incredible photographer, and this book makes you look at how one creates images and how to help make them stronger. He adds information on how he got to the end point on his work, and some really good pointers. For any level of photographer, it's a great tool and good reference.
Aug 23, 2013 Steve added it
Shelves: to-buy
I really like this author. This book has some great ideas for how to improve your photos. He talks about having vision and feeling as guides to what you shoot. He also covers techniques that are just right for what I am interested in learning. I renewed it twice until I had to return it to the library.
Osner Rebete
May 01, 2015 Osner Rebete rated it liked it
I wouldn't pay $45 for it because this book is more words than facts. I think it's too fat for teaching you how to speak through a photography and I'm no saying that it doesn't have good points but I think I needs deeper information.
Jessica Nguyen
Dec 12, 2014 Jessica Nguyen rated it liked it
I don't really like the book. I scanned and skimmed most of the time as there aren't many useful things for my improvement. Or is it because of my limited ability of understanding of what the author is trying to say?
Charles Black
Mar 26, 2012 Charles Black rated it really liked it
Good, but not great writing is compensated for by the excellent photographic sample and the fact he is writing on a topic that needed this book.
Andrea Paterson
Aug 18, 2015 Andrea Paterson rated it really liked it
excellent. great exercises and fascinating exploration of composition. while this is a text book style read the prose was never boring. tons of example images in full color.
Oct 14, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book aesthetically. Instruction was written in a way that was very useful to me (as an amateur photographer).
Irene B.
May 08, 2013 Irene B. rated it really liked it
The images presented in this book are useful for stimulating the photographic imagination.
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