Ten Ways to Improve Your Photography

TEN MORE - Ten More Ways to Improve Your Craft Without Buying Ge

If you are little adamant about your photography, if you want to become a better photographer, and if you want to learn more about how to make your photographs more engaging, there is a vast resource of information you may draw upon. I am thinking about a place called Craft&Vision. It’s something the Canadian photographer David duChemin started as a «publishing house» for his eBooks about photography. Over the years it’s grown, new photographers and authors have been added to the curriculum, and today the list of eBooks is extensive and comprehensive. The best thing; the books are inexpensive and full of inspiration.

Some of them are even free. A couple of weeks ago the eBook Ten More was released for free. It’s actually an older book, a follow-up of duChemin’s very first eBook, Ten, published some years ago, but only now has it been made available for free downloading.

Ten More is exactly what the title indicates: Ten ideas on how you can improve your photography. It’s not ten simple tricks that promise you to become a master photographer over night, but really useful ways of thinking about the photographic process and even with exercises accompanying each section. If you try to take up on the suggestion and implement the ideas in your photography it will surely improve the final result, your images – over time. duChemin is quite clear about it himself, that there are no easy ways to master photography. It takes work, it takes effort and it takes time. As he says in Ten More there aren’t any shortcuts, but the longer path will in the end make you a better photographer. The ten suggestion (and there is actually an eleventh bonus tip added at the end) are down to earth and in many ways very basic, such as getting closer, simplify, taking risks and shoot with the heart – to mention a few. But they work. They are a collection of ten (+1) ways in which you can work on your craft. According to duChemin «they are steps I think we need to return to once in a while, to return us to the basics, or to re-calibrate ourselves. There’s nothing magic here, [the goal is] to bring us back to the most important stuff, which in turn will free us from the endless tips and tricks and how-to stuff and set us on our own path of artistic discovery.»

David duChemin is an excellent educator, he writes in a language that everybody can understand and relate to, with flair and an inspiring voice. He doesn’t pretend, but as one of the ten steps suggest, speaks from the heart, with honesty and integrity. For him the technical part of photography is only a means to the end, he is more concerned with the creative side of the process and the actually making of photographs. duChemin is an experience photograph and popular workshop-teacher, and he draws upon this experience when he extracts the essence of what is important in the shooting process. Even skilled photographers would benefit from practicing these ten (and one more) tips. Throughout the Ten More, duChemin uses example of his eminent work to illustrate his points.

As mentioned in the beginning Ten More is a follow-up of Ten, with equally down-to-earth tips and also available for free downloading, along with the eBooks Craft & Vision 1 and Craft & Vision 2. If you need some inspiration, download one of this plain eBooks – or try one of the other inexpensive books available at Craft&Vision.

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About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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72 Responses to Ten Ways to Improve Your Photography

  1. frankfotos says:

    Thank you for the post. I will definitely look into these books.

  2. suej says:

    Great, thanks Otto -I shall take a look at some of these

  3. Nice article, Otto. I went to David duChemin’s website and watched his latest podcast and picked up a few good tips.

  4. Phil Lanoue says:

    Very interesting Otto, and hey, you gotta love free.

  5. Thanks Otto. I’ve read 10 and many other C&V books. They’re excellent.

  6. i love David duChemin’s work, and his book. I have followed his blog for a while now, and like you would recommend them to anyone looking to improve their photography.

  7. YellowCable says:

    Thank you very much for posting about this book!

  8. Thank you so much for the information and link.. I definitely can use some of these..
    Lynne

  9. icastel says:

    Great tip, Otto. I’ll be sure to take a look!

  10. emeraldwake says:

    a great job Otto ,always wise things here ! bless

  11. I agree that his e-books are a great source.

  12. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Ditto (to all that), Otto.
    I’ve gained a lot by following David du Chemin. He has as much talent with the written word as he does before the camera lens. He is a very gifted writer and definitely writes from the heart. He could easily make a living as a Motivational Speaker.

  13. Chillbrook says:

    Excellent resource, thanks Otto!

  14. Paula says:

    Thank you Otto 🙂 I will try to download it 😀 I like your altruistic posts….

  15. hissmonster says:

    Reblogged this on hissmonster's Blog and commented:
    Interesting

  16. Markus says:

    I got them already “years” ago, Otto. And I like best David’s slogan “buy less gear”. When I see a new LoL (Lens of Lust), I repeat David’s words like a mantra.

  17. mazeepuran says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for the information. I see an opportunity to improve my photography.
    Rupali

  18. Hi Otto, than you very much for this post. I love learning about the craft of photography so I will check out some of these ebooks for sure. All the best Mark

  19. Lisa Gordon says:

    I think I have all of his books, and his work is wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing here, Otto.

  20. mcralf says:

    I know some of David’s books. They are very inspiring and he knows how to write 😉

  21. themofman says:

    “. . . they are steps I think we need to return to once in a while . . .” That’s the crux of it right there.

  22. I will definately have a look – thank you!

  23. seabluelee says:

    I have both of these ebooks and they are wonderful. I enjoy David’s blog very much, too.

  24. Sun says:

    the Craft & Vision site is wonderful…thanks for sharing it and the free offer. ♥

  25. girlexpat says:

    Thank you for listing his ebooks, I’m always interested in learning, and evolving into a better photographer.

  26. Thanks for sharing. I’ll check it out.

  27. My Heartsong says:

    Yes, I find David DuChemin’s work quite helpful

  28. Sundry says:

    Thanks for posting about the books. I just downloaded TEN. Looking forward to exploring some of the other titles, too. Very exciting resource!

  29. lilkaraphael says:

    Thanks for stopping by today. This post in particular will go a long way in helping me develop my photography skills! Your blog is a wonderful resource and a beautiful one at that! Thanks so much for sharing.

  30. Thanks, Otto, for the info!

  31. Wonderful tips that will sure create the most unforgettable of images. Thanks.

  32. rebecca says:

    I do enjoy his ebooks

  33. Thanks for the tip Otto!

  34. sheketechad says:

    What a resource! And if you bundle, there’s an even greater discount. Thanks for stopping by my blog, but more, thank you for sharing freely ways for us to create, capture and envision in a more passionate and thoughtful way.

  35. Thank you for the invaluable info. Happy New Year!

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