Visual Toolbox, The

Visual Toolbox, The : 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs

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Simply having a certain camera or lens isn't going to make you a better photographer. So, what will? Understanding your camera. Thinking differently. Studying photographs and knowing what they provoke in you, and why. Giving the craft time to grow. Looking to painters, designers, and others who work in two dimensions and learning from them. Relentlessly looking for light, lines, and moments. Making photographs-thousands and thousands of photographs. There's no magic bullet to achieving success, but in these pages you will learn the value of studying, practice, and remembering that your most important assets as an artist are imagination, passion, patience, receptivity, curiosity, and a dogged refusal to follow the rules.

THE VISUAL TOOLBOX is photographer 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.

Features action-oriented micro-chapters designed to improve your photography immediately
Includes explanations of 60 concepts with an assignment for nearly every chapter
Covers such topics as balance, using negative space, exploring color contrast, waiting for the moment, learning to incorporate mood and motion, and much more
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 204 x 231 x 19mm | 730g
  • New Riders Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 013408506X
  • 9780134085067
  • 94,581

Table of contents

? Master the Triangle

? Learn to Pan

? Explore Color Contrast

? Lines: Lead My Eye

? Learn to Sketch

? Light: Silhouettes

? Light: Reflections

? Moments: Timing

? Moments: Patience

? Use Negative Space

? Orientation of Frame

? Use Scale?
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About David Duchemin

DAVID DUCHEMIN is a world and humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader whose spirit of adventure fuels his fire to create and share. Based in Vancouver, Canada, David leads a nomadic life chasing compelling images on all seven continents. When on assignment, David creates powerful photographs that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable, and the oppressed for the international NGO community. When creating the art he so passionately shares, David strives to capture the beauty of the natural world. He's done assignment work in Ecuador, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Ethiopia, Malawi, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, and Bangladesh, among others, and pursued personal work in places like Iceland, Antarctica, Tunisia, Cuba, Vietnam, Kenya, and Italy. Learn more at
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