The Soul of the Camera with David duChemin (Podcast 576)

The Soul of the Camera with David duChemin (Podcast 576)

Today I bring you an inspiring conversation with my friend David duChemin, in which we talk in depth about many of the concepts explored in his latest book, The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer’s Place in Picture-Making.

We didn’t script the conversation, so there isn’t a manuscript to share with you today. What I did, was select a number of quotes from the book, and we used those as a starting point for a number of deeper dives, so here are the quotes that I took from The Soul of the Camera, some of which were edited slightly to make them a little shorter:

Page 1 – Photography is not (at least the way I understand the medium) a technical pursuit. It is an aesthetic pursuit achieved by technical means.

Page 36 – Yes, it’s true: everything has been photographed. But unless all we want to do is say, “Here’s what this looks like,” rather than the much more subjective and personal, “Here’s how I see it, here’s what it feels like,” we can do better.

Page 59 – Patience matters because of the iterative way our creativity works, the way inspiration and ideas always seem to come after false starts and detours. It is our ability to pursue those false starts and not fall into despair the moment we realize we’re further from our best ideas that makes sure those detours become just the longer, scenic route to wherever it is we’re going, instead of a dead end.

Page 175 – The biblical story of the creation of humanity has the Creator making man from clay and then breathing His own life into him… I find that symbolism striking and relevant. If our work is to be human, it’s our task as its creator to breath life into it. Inspiration (literally “to inhale”) is everything we do to draw our deepest breath from the world around us …… But it’s the act of exhaling into our work that makes it ours, that gives life and spark to what we make.

Page 193 – You quote John Wesley saying “Light yourself on fire with passion, and people will come from miles to watch you burn.”

I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did. It’s always a pleasure to talk with David.

To get your copy of The Soul of the Camera, head over to the website: SoulofTheCamera.com

If you’d like to help support the podcast, you can also buy from Amazon with this link: http://amzn.to/2qTHqPo

Here too are a few photographs from The Soul of the Camera.

Lamayuru

Lamayuru

Gabra women dancing, North Horr, Kenya.

Gabra women dancing, North Horr, Kenya.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

The Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2018

Before we finish, I’d like to quickly mention that I have started taking bookings for our 2018 Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop. This is an epic 17-day tour, on which we photograph the beautiful landscape and culture, as well as the wildlife of this beautiful country. For details and to book your place, please see the tour page at https://mbp.ac/namibia

Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2018

Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2018


Show Notes

To get your copy of The Soul of the Camera here: SoulofTheCamera.com

Or directly from Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2qTHqPo

Music by Martin Bailey


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Landscape Photography and Passion Based Business (Podcast 411)

Landscape Photography and Passion Based Business (Podcast 411)

To celebrate the release of my new Craft & Vision eBook Striking Landscapes, today I sat down with my friend David duChemin, to talk about landscape photography, and as I thought might be the case, we went on to discuss running a business based on your passion for the work. We also touched on shooting with mirror-less cameras, avoiding going on location with unnecessary preconceptions, and developing a style along the way.

This was a totally ad-lib conversation, so there is no manuscript for this episode.

You can catch up with David at davidduchemin.com or check out David’s incredible Craft & Vision video Podcast at http://craftandvision.com/collections/podcasts too.

Visit the Craft & Vision web site to pick up your copy of my new eBook Striking Landscapes.

Here’s a copy of my blog announcement…

Striking Landscapes Now on Sale!

I’m thrilled and proud to announce that my third Craft & Vision eBook Striking Landscapes has just been released!

I’ve poured just about everything I know about landscape photography into this book, and with the Craft & Vision team’s usual design/layout flair, it’s shaped up to be a beautiful 80 page photography resource.

Here’s what the folks at Craft & Vision say about Striking Landscapes…

This technically-rich PDF eBook is full of the techniques every photographer should consider honing when looking to make photographs they’re proud of. Martin Bailey shares his insights on both the foundational and the more advanced skills necessary to create great landscape photography.

Striking Landscapes – Techniques for Photographers in Beautiful Places – is packed with the kind of nitty gritty technical detail that we’re proud to publish. Readers will learn about the essential techniques, skills, and gear required. This eBook is 80 pages deep and it’s as beautiful as it is helpful.

Save Until March 17

Craft & Vision are renowned for bringing us incredible photography education at no-brainer prices, but you can save a further $1.50 and pick up your copy for just CAD $6.50 if you buy before March 17 at 11:59 PM (PST) using the discount code STRIKING6.

Here are a few sample pages…

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Show Notes

Get my new eBook Striking Landscapes here: https://mbp.ac/cvsl

Catch up with David at: davidduchemin.com

Music from Music Alley: http://www.musicalley.com/


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Sharing Our Passion – A Conversation with Valerie Jardin (Podcast 407)

Sharing Our Passion – A Conversation with Valerie Jardin (Podcast 407)

This week’s Podcast is a conversation with my friend Valerie Jardin, recorded a few weeks ago via a Google Hangout on Air. You can follow along with the video over on YouTube, but as it was basically just a conversation, I’ve removed the video and released this an audio Podcast.

In this conversation, we discuss sharing our passion for photography via our teaching, on workshops, tours and our writing too.

Valerie is sharing more of this kind of chat over on her Q&A Blog, so do check that out here: http://valeriejardinphotography.com/blog/

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Show Notes

Valerie’s Q&A Blog: http://valeriejardinphotography.com/blog/

Music by UniqueTracks


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Balancing the “Day-job” with your Passion

Balancing the “Day-job” with your Passion

A friend recently forwarded me a link to a great post on his blog about balancing multiple passions. As many of you know, I have a busy full time job in Tokyo, outside of photography, and do a pretty good job of balancing the “day-job” with my photography related activities. It ain’t easy, and I touch on this below, but basically, I really enjoyed the article, and sent some comments to my friend about what he’d written.

First, you’ll probably want to read the article, Managing multiple passions- make most of your hidden talents, by Anuj Magazine, and then come back here and read my comments on the article, with some advice of my own on this subject.


And here are my comments:

I read your blog post with great interest. You write very well, and although I intended to scan over it, I ended up reading it fully.

I thought the part where you mentioned about being interested as opposed to committed is so very true. People often ask me how I find time to do my photography, including the weekly podcast and forum etc. while maintaining a busy full time day job. My answer is often that I don’t find time, I make time. People will always make time to do something that they love and they really want to do. If you aren’t able to do that, question your commitment to your passion, and not how others miraculously seem to have more time than yourself.

Prioritizing what you attack first is also very important. I’ve never locked into the number three, but when I have a long list of things to do, I prioritize how I spend my time. I often quote the 80:20 rule. You can say that 20% of what you do will be responsible for 80% of your success. If that’s true, you can stop doing the other 80%, concentrate on doing your 20% really well, and excelling in those tasks, and your overall success will be enhanced even more. Of course, there are always going to be things in the 80% that you can’t avoid doing, but you don’t need to work on these as hard. I learned from an old boss, that sometimes good “enough”, is good enough. You don’t have to do everything to the best of your ability to succeed.

You also talk about creating time in your paragraph about White Space ・I have no white space! There is no time such as on a bus or walking when I am not listening to a photography related interview, or an Audible book etc. Even when I’m sitting next to my wife after dinner, enjoying our time together before I go to my computer, if we are not talking about something, I’m running through ideas and planning my evening’s activities or future plans. I do feel that I need to work harder on giving myself some white space to be honest. I am often so plugged in, that I can become over tired sometimes, to the point of making myself ill. Taking time off is important.

I like the idea of day tight or hour tight compartments. I generally learned a long time ago that I need to shut off one thought or problem to enable me to concentrate on the next. In my early twenties I would lose weekends worrying about something that happened on Friday, only to find that on Monday the problem had either disappeared, or was not such a problem after all. There are times though when I am not able to cut off feelings from previous incidents, and I’m not sure that we should. One of my bosses always praised me for being able to cut away from work easily though, and giving myself time for my photography, creating a nice balance in my life, so I’m probably doing an OK job of this.

The only thing in the article that I found a little difficult to read, or awkward was the double negative at the end. You say that we should not believe in ourselves, but then turn it into a positive, by saying that you should not believe in yourself when you think you can’t achieve something. This last paragraph is funny, as I’m sure you meant it to be, but it boils down to the fact that you need to believe in yourself to give yourself the confidence to proceed, but not to be over-confident.

Personally, I have a very easy philosophy around this. I never question my ability to do something when trying to decide whether or not to take on a new task or project. The only question I ask myself is whether or not I want to do it. If I want to do something, I will make it happen, no matter how difficult the undertaking. Of course, I realize that although I’d love to be able to fly unaided or go to the moon, right now that’s just not possible. You have to be realistic, although I do fully expect to go to the moon or into space at least once before I die.

Great article Anuj! Thanks very much for sharing.


If you enjoyed this, you might also be interested in episode #86 of my Podcast, in which I discussed Time Management and Photography.