David duChemin, photographer and author of Within the Frame, has just released his new e-book: Ten Ways to Improve Your Craft – None of Them Involve Buying Gear.
This concise 32 page PDF download will set you back $5 (until October – then it bumps to $10) – and is filled with duChemin’s photography insights for better images. After each point – David tacks on an assignment – a sort of boot-in-the-back-pocket – to get you out there and practicing.
His top 10:
- Get Pickier
- Better Contrast Creates Better Stories
- Change My Perspective By Changing Yours
- Create Depth
- Get Balanced
- Pay Attention to the Moment
- Pay Attention to the Light
- Use the Best Lens
- Expose for Aesthetics
- Put a Great Foreground in Front of a Great Background
So, what did I really like in this text? First, this is info that all of us can use – regardless if you’re shooting a DSLR or a point-and-shoot. This is about making better images – not about buying more gear. And second, David writes well – and is able to convey his thoughts clearly in few words – with great complimentary images.
Who’s it for? Definitely for the beginner and intermediate shooters out there looking to take that next step. For well seasoned shooters – it’s likely that most of this information is crammed somewhere in a cerebral corner – but that said – this could still be a good compact, low cost refresher course.
This e-book is easily purchased from lulu.com. Simply buy the book, download it, and start reading in 5 minutes. And though it’s a short read – there’s stuff in here that you’ll likely want to revisit – especially if you try the exercises.
Bottom line: If you enjoyed Within the Frame – then you’ll want to read this, too. It’s a deal at $10 – and while it’s temporarily at $5 – scoop it up. If you haven’t yet read Within the Frame – then this is a good low cost introduction to a talented photographer and teacher.