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Visual toolbox for photographers

Sharpen up your creative photography…

It’s easy when starting photography to over emphasis the importance of gear. In fact it’s ‘photographers eye’ that really makes the difference. Your vision and insight into a scene are critical to producing a wonderful image.

Sage advice from a world master

The Visual Tool Box by David duChemin is all about the skills of composition. He goes into depth around the background ideas which help you look at a scene. The ultimate success in photography is to make your image a pleasure to view. Aesthetics rule – it’s as simple as that. This book is dedicated to teaching you the tools you need to develop the ‘eye’.

David duChemin says,

These are the lessons I wish I’d learned when I was starting out.
The Visual Tool Box by David duChemin

This is my kind of book. He writes superbly, in simple, readable form. His examples are excellent and the pictures are just amazing. But most of all the book is organised for learners to extend their knowledge in easy, well structured steps. This book is all about putting new tools in your photographic tool box and it achieves that with an ease that any beginner will find a joy.

Composition

The book is packed with examples of the sort of compositional ideas that really work – for anyone. Just look at some of the topics covered…

  • Manual
  • Optimize Your Exposures
  • Master the Triangle
  • Slower Shutter Speed
  • Learn to Pan
  • Use Intentional Camera Movement
  • Use Wide Lenses to Create a Sense of Inclusion
  • Learn to Isolate
  • Use Tighter Apertures to Deepen Focus
  • Use Bokeh to Abstract
  • Consider Your Colour Palette
  • Lines: Use Diagonals to Create Energy
  • Lines: Patterns, Lead my Eye, Horizons
  • See the Direction of Light
  • Light: Front Light, Side Light, and Back Light
  • Quality of Light: Further Consideration
  • White Balance for Mood
  • Light: Reflections, Shadow, Silhouettes, Lens Flare
  • People
  • Experiment with Balance and Tension
  • Use Your Negative Space
  • Juxtapositions: Find Conceptual Contrasts
  • Orientation of Frame
  • Choose Your Aspect Ratio
  • Use Scale
  • Simplify
  • Shoot from the Heart
  • Listen to Other Voices (Very Carefully)

And there is plenty more content to complement and extends these ideas. What’s not shown in a list is the excellent and sage advice throughout the book. I will let David duChemin have the last word…

Pace your-self. Anyone can master a camera; that just comes with time. It’s the other stuff — learning to think like a photographer — that takes so much work and allows this craft to become the means by which you create art.
The Visual Tool Box by David duChemin

And it is thinking like a photographer that you will quickly learn from reading this book.

How to buy this great book

This book was originally published as an ebook. However, it is no longer available in that form. The book has moved into the real world. It will be available on Amazon as a Paperback From 31 Mar 2015.
The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographs (Voices That Matter)You can per-order the book from Amazon.

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Damon is a writer-photographer and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photogs.
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Measure Up For Focus – New Definition

If you don't know what this funny mark is on the side of a DSLR then read on...

If you don’t know what this funny mark is on the side of a DSLR then read on…

Definition: Focal Plane Mark

That funny symbol on the side of most DSLR cameras is called a Focal Plane Mark. We have put two new definitions into the Photography Glossary today which explain this mark and how to use it.

Definition: Focal Plane Mark

Definition: Plane of focus; Focal Plane; Film Plane; Image Plane;
 

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

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Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photogs.
See also: Editors ‘Bio’.
By Damon Guy see his profile on Google+.

Contribute A Definition?

Send us a definition of a photographic word or phrase...

Send us a definition for our list of photographic words and phrases. Simply write a clear definition and send it in. Include an original picture if you wish. Give us your name and a link to your website and we will credit your work.

New and Updated Definitions

Here at Photokonnexion we like to keep things moving! Today’s post announces an updated and revised definition for the Digital SLR definition in our Photographic Glossary. We have also published a new definition looking at the digital sensor itself.

Find out more…
Definition: Sensor; Image Sensor; Digital Image Sensor (New definition).
Definition: DSLR; Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (Updated definition).

We would love to have your comments. Why not provide us with some feedback.

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

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Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photogs.
See also: Editors ‘Bio’.
By Damon Guy see his profile on Google+.

Processing Your Images… New Resources

New resources dedicated to processing images now online

We have been preparing for doing more posts about processing images in the future. To make it easier to find these resources on post-production techniques we have prepared a resource page on processing. You can find it here…
Post Processing Images.

Also online today is an interesting new entry in our Photographic Glossary on Cloning…
Definition: Cloning; To Clone; Cloned; Clone Tool;

Tomorrow the post will be on cloning techniques. Be sure to check back for that!

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

Damon Guy - Netkonnexion

Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photogs.
See also: Editors ‘Bio’.
By Damon Guy see his profile on Google+.

Contribute A Definition?

Send us a definition of a photographic word or phrase...

Send us a definition for our list of photographic words and phrases. Simply write a clear definition and send it in. Include an original picture if you wish. Give us your name and a link to your website and we will credit your work.

Is Flickr Being Murdered By Yahoo!

Gizmodo, the Internet gadget magazine  External link - opens new tab/page, has reported that Yahoo has killed Flickr (How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet  External link - opens new tab/page). Well, as a daily user of Flickr I am happy to report that our dear friend is actually still alive. However, is the site mired in its own development? Is Flickr in good health?

The Gizmodo article is inflammatory and ranting in its tone and there is some vitriol in there too. Mat Honan, the author of this report, seems to have an axe to grind. He has a good grasp of the history of the Yahoo! corporate machine. As a Yahoo! watcher since its first week on the Internet I have noticed a certain desperate, clutching at straws. The collective buzz and rush of the Internet has frequently passed Yahoo! by, barely fluttering its coat-tails. And, yes, Yahoo! has also rushed headlong into things with apparently the wrong motives – as Honan points out. It has also been a typical multinational by doing those things. It has allowed development and project scope to become mired in every corridor. This is not news. Yahoo! and many other large corporates have the same problems out there on the Internet as in any walk of multinational business life.

Flickr was once a brilliant place to be. It was vibrant, active and the images excited everyone. The social traffic was incredible, the networking was years ahead of its time. Yes, Honan is right. Flickr is no longer that vibrant community. Clearly something has gone badly wrong. Yahoo! bought Flickr in 2005 and since then the incredible thundering waters of Flickr has quietened to a backwater. On top of that the recent technical fluffs that have come out of Flickr have not done anything to help it recover. It is drifting along with no commitment and only the occasional attempt at self-rescue.

Some of the other Internet power-houses of the moment have got the image bug. Facebook, once scoffed at images, and yet now can’t seem to get enough. The rumbling rapids of 500px seem to have captured the imagination of the worlds image professionals. It seems to be the place to lay out your wares. I think there may be some truth in what Honan says. Flickr is not healthy – but it is not dead either.

I think Honan shows some lack of understanding about corporations. Facebook is the big hit of the moment. Everyone looks to Facebook to take the next big step. I cannot see it lasting. They have already lost their definition, their precision. Their expansion is likely to become unwieldy and like many behemoths before them they will mire too. This is an almost inevitable result of the tendency towards giant-ism in corporates. It is part of the corporates life cycles. Flickr may be the first social networking site to be a casualty, although not fatally so (yet). However, lots more will go that way. I don’t think Yahoo! will rescue Flickr, but then Yahoo! does very little that is exciting.

Post Processing Defined

The growth of a multi-billion Pound industry worldwide in software and post-processing work has been phenomenal in recent years. However, the camera manufacturers are in rude health. The mobile industries are active and growing. The Internet is hosting more and more online facilities for processing. Websites that are using images, photographic processing and social networking in images are growing daily. The post-processing industry is quite possibly one of the largest computer industry interfaces with the public.

Find out more about post-processing in our new article in the Photographic Glossary.

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

Damon Guy - Netkonnexion

Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photogs.
See also: Editors ‘Bio’.
By Damon Guy see his profile on Google+.


Two New Resource Pages Online

Growing Resources Signal Need for Improved Navigation

Over the last few days we have been working to improve the navigation and resources on the site. Today we have issued two new pages and a lot more are to follow. Here are the two for today. Enjoy.

Composition. A list of pages on the site that related to composition and related subjects.

Resources on Minimalism. This page is actually linked from the Composition page. However it is an important theme in modern photography and we have quite a few links.

You can access the ‘Composition’ page from the main menu at the top of the page too. It is with the other main content articles.

Here at Photokonnexion we want to hear from you if you want things to be improved. So give us plenty of feedback and we will work on improving the site.

By Damon Guy (author and Photokonnexion editor)

Damon Guy - Netkonnexion

Damon Guy (Netkonnexion)

Damon is a writer-photog and editor of this site. He has run some major websites, a computing department and a digital image library. He started out as a trained teacher and now runs training for digital photogs.
See also: Editors ‘Bio’.
By Damon Guy see his profile on Google+.