Amazon does a great job letting me know when new books are released that I might be interested in. I think by now, Amazon has it figured out that I like photography and self-growth books. The coffee table in my living room is covered with books. On Sundays, I curl up on the sofa with my cat to read some of them.
One book that caught my eye on Amazon was “The Visual Toolbox – 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs” by David Duchemin. I love how you receive a book one day after you order it on Amazon. I couldn’t wait to get the book after I read the description and the reviews.
The book is dividing up into 60 short chapters which are actual lessons. Some lessons deal with technical information while others are more about creativity. Each lesson has an assignment, although I admit I did not complete any of the assignments, I would if I could take this book with me on a week-long retreat.
David starts the book by saying “every student should spend one year with a camera – fully manual 35mm, and one prime lens and a light meter.” I couldn’t agree more. I started photography with a 35mm Ricoh film camera and because of that, I learned the foundations of photography in my early years along with lots of study and practice. I often ask students in my classes if they would like to borrow the camera (I still have it) and I never get any takers. Digital photography has slowed the learning process tremendously. Although I love digital cameras, nothing comes close to learning photography before you could see the images immediately. I don’t want to tell you too much more because I don’t want to spoil all the wonderful lessons in the book that will help you become a better artist. I highly recommend “The Visual Toolbox – 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs” by David Duchemin. You can order it at Buck Camera and Photo.
Below is the description from Amazon
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.
For more information on DSLR photography check out the online course.
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