Friday, July 10, 2009

Finish the Sentence...with David duChemin

"It's time once again to ask a well-known photographer, instructor or otherwise interesting person the same 10 questions and ask them to Finish the Sentence! This time, the sentences are finished by.... David duChemin.

David, please Finish the Sentence..."

My favorite photography accessory (lights, modifier, bag, tripod) is
probably my Hoodman Screen Loupe, it’s a must when shooting on location in Africa but also makes me feel very Francis Ford Coppola-esque. If lenses count as accessories then mark me down as an unrepentant 85/1.2L user/lover. Man, I love that lens.

I’ve learned the most from...
screwing up without hesitation over and over again; taking risks and learning from both the successes and outright failures is what keeps it fun and keeps me learning.

If I could go anywhere in the world it would be_____ because….
home to Vancouver, because I spend so much time everywhere else; but if that’s not exotic enough I’ll go with Lalibela, Ethiopia because I was there for Orthodox Christmas as few years ago and just couldn’t get enough of it.

My most-used Photoshop add-on, plugin, action set (etc) is
ightroom; does that count? I find myself using Photoshop less and less these days but Fred Miranda’s Black and White conversion presets are excellent.

I love the fact that Photoshop
allows us to bring my photographs more into alignment with my vision.

I hate the fact that Photoshop
doesn’t have a warning dialogue box that tells people, “Enough, stop screwing around with this image; it’s not fixable so shut the computer and go get better at your photography.”

If I could turn back the clock 10 years
I’d pay more attention to the lessons I was learning from the mistakes I was making, but I’d probably still make the same mistakes.

In 10 years
I’ll be one of the older guys bitching about the new technology and how holograms “aren’t really photography”

If I could give one piece of advice it would be
o nurture your creative self as much as you do the technical side; an artist with all the technical proficiency in the world and nothing to say is a sad thing.

Your readers can find out more about me
by buying several copies of my book, Within The Frame, The Journey of Photographic Vision. If one copy is good, several copies is awesome. I also blog relentlessly at

Ladies & Gentlemen, let's hear it for David duChemin!!

David duChemin is an international assignment photographer specializing in world and humanitarian photography. His primary work is on behalf of international development organizations like World Vision or Save the Children. When not shooting David makes his home in Vancouver, Canada and spend his days writing and moving from one coffee shop or sushi joint to another. His first book, Within The Frame, was released in May. David’s portfolio can be seen at


Matt Powell said...

What a guy! I give David so much credit for inspiring me in my work!

Fausto Rowlan said...

“Enough, stop screwing around with this image; it’s not fixable so shut the computer and go get better at your photography.”

I'd pay for that plugin.