Wise words from David du Chemin have made this website something of a success story. David's nuggets of wisdom are liberally sprinkled across the PixelatedImage Blog, along with PDF e-books priced at just $5 each.
David's website has created something of an online storm by presenting good information and presenting it well. He offers advice on everything to do with professional photography, from dealing with clients to designing a business card. His best work is not just for struggling artists, but is useful for any professional or amateur photographer.
They are the e-books.
For $5 you can download a title such as "The Inspired Eye", "Ten Ways To Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involves Buying Gear", and "Chasing The Look
10 Ways to Improve The Aesthetics of Your Photographs."
You can tell the emphasis is on your creative process rather than technical operation of the camera. Yes, I'm on that soapbox once again telling everyone to throw away the instruction manual. Well, maybe don't toss it in the trash, but save your intellectual capacity for creative expression and delve into the technical issues when needed. Too many photographers, experts and novices alike, are obsessed with specifications and rules.
Photography is art, whether you want to admit this or not. Documentary is art too, because the perspectives of the person behind the camera are revealed by the image itself. How you shoot should be dictated by why you shoot.
His e-book title "The Inspired Eye" is one I'd recommend for anyone. Myself included. It attempts to give advice on how to capture a little of your own creativity. A few of the elements presented are...
1. Creativity is hard work
2. It demands skills rather than tools
3. Try widening your inputs to change your outputs
4. Stay focused on the positives to stay creative
5. Allow yourself to make mistakes
Very selected features on the hardware, software and extra wares that help me get the job done.
As a bonus for my readers we have Paul Dymond as guest writer on the virtues and challenges of Cataloguing Software, also known as Digital Asset Management (DAM). I’ve put on my editing cap for this article, having asked Paul “What is DAM and why should we care about it?” Step into the world of cataloguing and keywords in order to make the most of your digital collection.
Hard Lessons with Hard Drives
This is the 2020 update to my popular article on why and how to make sure your backups are sorted. Cloud storage is not always the answer when big RAW files and big photo collections are at stake. I spend more on hard drives than cameras, so read on to find out why.
The Absolute Best Lens in Nepal
Very rarely a new lens comes along that changes how I think about photography. This is one of those lenses. My priority for glass is always quality over convenience, but this time you get enough of both to make it a hard one to walk past. The newly released "DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH" by Panasonic+Leica is not only a great lens for MFT systems, but may well be good enough to tempt full frame owners to look seriously at adopting the smaller mirrorless format of the Lumix G series.
Ewen's New Book
"ReIMAGINE" is now available to order online. It's a very big and very generous book that will help you to reconnect with your creative side.