Within the Frame – My Favorite Travel Photography Book

This is the third post in the Better Family Photography Series.

All of us need inspiration! But along with inspiration, I am often on a quest for practical advice. That is why this book,

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Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision

by David duChemin is my absolute favorite book about photography.

The first time I read this book, I understood almost nothing within its colorful pages. I had not taken the time to learn what my camera could do, or what settings were where. But the pictures, oh the pictures. They are amazing. Upon a second reading, about a year and 5,000 pictures later, I found his book much more helpful. Now I understand the differences and subtleties he tries to teach his readers about focusing your vision by composing your shot.

Of course duChemin goes over every basic element of traditional and digital photography like the exposure triangle, setting, composition, and equipment, but he brings so much more to the table than just those things. He talks about why it is so rewarding to capture moments and people through your lens. The other book in this photo is about nature photography. It is an ok book. There is nothing technically wrong with it. The problem is that the pictures are just of things. There is a lack of story. But duChemin’s photos challenge you to look at more than just a landscape or an object. He teaches you how to incorporate aspects of humanity into something as simple as a picture of a rusty bicycle (one of my favorites).

He talks a lot in his book about vision. And when you photographing your family you need to think about more than just getting a smile aimed at your camera. You want to expand your thinking and figure out what aspects of that particular moment you want to capture. I would recommend this book for any level of photographer, but especially as you start using your manual focus settings.

If you read it, let me know what you think!!

Happy travels!

Kristin Spencer

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