World and Humanitarian
Favorite Camera and Lens:
Nikon D3s, 16-35/4.0
Favorite Tripod set:
Gitzo Systematic – GT3542LS – and a Series 2 Centre Ball Head.
I shoot primarily for the international development and NGO community to create photographic resources for advocacy and fundraising. My personal work revolves around culture and landscape.
City – Country:
Within The Frame, The Journey of Photographic Vision, New Riders, 2009.
VisionMongers, Making a Life and a Living in Photography, New Riders, 2009.
Vision & Voice, Refining Your Vision in Photoshop Lightroom, New Riders, 2010
Photographically Speaking, A Deeper Look at Creating Stronger Images, New Riders, 2011
Featured in PDN, EOS Magazine, PhotoEd, Photoshop User.
“Anyone can take a picture of poverty; it’s easy to focus on the dirt and hurt of the poor. It’s much harder – and much more needful – to pry under that dirt and reveal the beauty and dignity of people that, but for their birth into a place and circumstance different from our own, are just like ourselves. I want my images to tell the story of those people and to move us beyond pity to justice and mercy.” – David duChemin
I have traveled the world and my Gitzo tripods go everywhere I do. There are trips I don’t use them, but those trips are getting fewer as my own work evolves and the importance of getting the right shot outweighs the desire to travel light. I’ve had a Gitzo Basalt in my bag for every trip and it’s never failed. My ultralight tripod, the Ocean Traveler, is even smaller and more resistant to the elements and tough conditions I find myself in. My current favourite, hands-down, is the Gitzo Systematic. Perfection.
For international assignment work I carry some, or all, of the following:
Nikon D3s bodies
Gitzo Ocean Traveler
All packed and carried in Gura Gear Kiboko bags
I don’t use much lighting gear when I travel. At home I use an Elinchrom Quadra. Manfrotto stands, brackets, and superclamps.
David duChemin is a Vancouver-based international assignment photographer specializing in Humanitarian and world photography. A nomad, visionmonger, unashamed do-gooder, and sometimes author, David’s photography is online at Pixelatedimage.com. His words are available at Pixelatedimage.com/blog and in his eBooks, available at CraftAndVision.com