When David duChemin set up Craft & Vision a few years ago I suspect it was viewed more as a way for him to provide more bite-sized pieces of the vision driven approach he outlines in many of his books, along with highlighting some of his favourite photographers that followed this ethos. However 3 years later it seems to have taken off and turned into a full blown publishing company. Personally I find the combination of gorgeous photography, interesting & relevant subjects and the approach focusing on improving your skills a refreshing change in a marketplace that normally always seems to be encouraging you to get the latest and greatest equipment.
Until now Craft & Vision have focused on shorter (I say short but the average number of pages is probably at least 80+) eBooks. However they have now launched a much larger (133 pages) “Quarterly Magazine for Creative Photographers”.
“Photograph” is available digitally and is an ad-free, magazine full of great photographs from exceptional photographers, and articles from the same stable of people who have previously produced many of the previous excellent C&V books.
This first issue of “Photograph” includes superb photo portfolios, photographer backgrounds and great articles on a range of subjects, including:
- Portfolios and background from Bruce Perry (Iceland), Nate Parker (Arcadia & New England) and Art Wolfe (Burma & Hokkaido)
- Choosing the Frame – the Art of the Edit
- Creative Composition techniques
- Backlighting – the Art of Silhouettes
- Lens choice in Portrait Photography
- Homemade Fluorescent Lighting
- Black & White Conversion Using Lightroom
- The Art of the Print – the Colour Management Myth
- Plus more…
The full page photos in the portfolios look great and as I’ve just returned from Iceland myself I was especially interested to see Bruce Perry’s shots from there. I’m also planning a trip to Burma so again the photos by Art Wolfe are inspirational and give me ideas on how I might approach photographing the people and many temples.
The articles are helpful too and of the same quality as the normal C&V books. They cover everything from composition techniques and use of natural light through to selecting final images and post-processing skills to bring your vision to life. Obviously in this magazine format they don’t go into quite the same detail as the normal C&V books but still are engaging and provide valuable information and techniques you can put into practice.
“Photograph” is planned as a quarterly magazine and the issue one is available now. You can purchase it for US$8 or subscribe for a year and get four issues for the price of three (only $24). You can purchase “Photograph” over on the Craft & Vision site.