Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David DucheminPhotographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images by David Duchemin

Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images

byDavid Duchemin

Paperback | October 11, 2011

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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 and its “visual language”– how an image is constructed, how it works, and why it works–then, when we’re behind the camera, are we really making images that best communicate our vision, our original intent? 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. By breaking up the visual language into two main components–“elements” make up its vocabulary, and “decisions” are its grammar–David duChemin transforms what has traditionally been esoteric and difficult subject matter into an accessible and practical discussion that photographers can immediately use to improve their craft. Elements are the “words” of the image, what we place within the frame–lines, curves, light, color, contrast. Decisions are the choices we make in assembling those elements to best express and communicate our vision–the use of framing, perspective, point of view, balance, focus, exposure.

All content within the frame has meaning, and duChemin establishes that photographers must consciously and deliberately choose the elements that go within their frame and make the decisions about how that frame is constructed and presented. In the second half of the book, duChemin applies this methodology to his own craft, as he explores the visual language in 20 of his own images, discussing how the intentional choices of elements and decisions that went into their creation contribute to their success.
An assignment photographer specializing in humanitarian projects and world photography, David duChemin has been creating compelling stories with a camera in hand for over twenty years. A passionate contributor to the international photography community, duChemin's first book, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, recei...
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Title:Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger ImagesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.12 × 8 × 0.65 inPublished:October 11, 2011Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0321750446

ISBN - 13:9780321750440

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Wonderful READ I received David DuChemin's book, Photographically Speaking: A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images as a Christmas gift and so have been just getting into the reading now. After reading the book this past week I have decided it is another GREAT book because it has real nice pictures from Duchemin. Ooops… Just a minute, in his book he discusses the flaw in photo critique sessions. He describes the first phase as prolonged silence, I started reading it a week ago, followed by the "like" comment, and the third phase is expressing comments that justify my original like... so let me start again. Duchemin is a teacher. Teachers find ways of re-stating, framing in different ways, using analogies or metaphors to enhance student learning. In this book he re-frames the responsibility from viewing, to reading a photograph, and the shooters responsibility to using the language of photography and its grammar to tell a story that the reader of the image can understand. So, in this book, I can read, in both words and images many stories that will enable me “create stronger images”, so that readers of my images will have a clearer understanding of both my personal and photographic vision through the expression of my photography. The book has already provided me with a better understanding of photography…. So yeah… it is a great book… a must read…
Date published: 2012-01-03

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
PART ONE
Chapter 1:  VISION AND INTENT
BUT I SHOOT INTUITIVELY
ALL CONTENT HAS MEANING
THE FRAME
THE FLATTENING
A GOOD PHOTOGRAPH
VISUAL LANGUAGE
I LIKE IT
LAYERS OF IMPACT
A WORD ABOUT RULES


PART TWO
ELEMENTS & DECISIONS
Chapter 2: ELEMENTS     
LINES
GESTURE
REPETITION   
CONTRAST AND JUXTAPOSITION
COMPARISON
THE SEDUCTION OF COLOUR (HAVE YOU TRIED IT IN BLACK AND WHITE?)
LIGHT
MOMENT 

Chapter 3: DECISIONS
FRAMING
Crop
Orientation
Aspect Ratio
PLACEMENT
Gesture
Thirds
The Golden Ratio AND Golden Spiral
Relationship
POV, PICTURE PLANE AND PERSPECTIVE
BALANCE
OPTICS
FOCUS
EXPOSURE
Expose for Aesthetics
Depth of Field
Shutter Speed


PART THREE
TWENTY PHOTOGRAPHS