Chasing the Light: Photography and the Practice of Seeing by Ibarionex Perello ~ DVD Review

Chasing the Light: Photography and the Practice of Seeing by Ibarionex Perello ~ DVD Review

I went on a photo walk with Ibarionex Perello yesterday! Well, not exactly, but after watching his DVD Chasing the Light: Photography and the Practice of Seeing, I certainly felt as though I had.  Several months ago, I read his book, Chasing the Light: Improving your Photography with Available Light and it remains one of my favorite ‘non technical’ photography books. I don’t usually watch DVDs about photography but I may look for more titles, as I really enjoyed this one!

Host of The Candid Frame podcast, Ibarionex Perello is also a published photographer and instructor at and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. California.

Perello begins his photo walk early in the morning on the streets of Los Angeles, his hometown, and ends after the golden hour on that same day. His goal is to teach photographers of all levels how to use available light in creative ways in order to make more powerful images.

As Ibarionex Perello and fellow photographer Jeffery Saddoris embark on their day of discovery, they discuss various aspects of street photography such as seeing the existing light to waiting for the story to unfold, approaching strangers and making compromises. Their conversation makes the photo walk very interesting, and actually engages the viewer as though they are with them. You feel more of a participant in this process, than a student, walking along with them and soaking up every word they say.

Camping Out is a chapter I particularly enjoyed, because it’s one of my favorite things to do when shooting street photography. This technique involves finding a stage or spot on the street with all the right elements and then patiently waiting for the right person to walk by.  Yes, you need to be patient for that moment, but it is worth it. You will see in the video how Ibarionex Perello picks his stage for its color and patterns, and how he waits for the right person to walk by to make the right image. Again, it’s as though we are there, waiting patiently with him!

Another favorite chapter is Working With Limitations. I have written several articles on this subject and have encouraged photographers to do this type of exercise as a way to improve their creativity and learn to see a familiar environment with fresh eyes.  In the video, Perello picks a plain old picnic bench in full sun on a dusty playground, and challenges himself to create an interesting image by using existing light and shadows to his advantage. We watch him examine the bench from all angles, taking his time until he finds the right combination of elements to create something interesting to shoot. Now you try it!

I hadn’t seen a photo walk video since the amazing A Day With Jay Maisel produced by Scott Kelby. I really enjoyed Perello’s Chasing the Light: Photography and the Practice of Seeing!  If you are in a rut or feel as though there is nothing in your world you haven’t already shot, this DVD is the inspiration you need! It’s all about learning to see in new ways, pushing yourself further to keep things fresh.

The total running time of the DVD is 1:52 hours. It is divided into 11 chapters. The DVD Chasing the Light: Photography and the Practice of Seeing and the book Chasing the Light: Improving your photography with available light are both available through

Read more from our category

Valerie Jardin I live and breathe in pixels! Photography is more than a passion, it's an obsession, almost an addiction. When I'm not shooting or writing, I spend my time teaching this beautiful craft during photo workshops all over the world! I am also thrilled to be an official X Photographer for Fujifilm USA. Visit my Website Follow me on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram. And listen to my Podcast!

Some Older Comments

  • Rod April 27, 2012 11:48 am

    I got the book in Aus some time ago through - they can get the DVD too

  • Lara White April 25, 2012 02:01 pm

    Valerie, I love the idea of working with limitations as well, there is no better way to train yourself!

  • Fuzzypiggy April 24, 2012 09:46 pm

    Pinched the first part of that title from top UK landscape photographer David Noton's 2008 DVD by the same name!

  • bycostello April 24, 2012 04:04 am

    nice review, think i will order a copy...

  • Jason April 24, 2012 02:40 am

    Thanks for sharing and we are going to give it a try as well. Constant learning is essential and photography has taught us to see without the camera. Now, even when we are not shooting, we notice details everywhere that would have gone unnoticed before.

  • Kevin D. Smith April 23, 2012 11:04 pm

    The one review on Amazon states that the pacing is very slow, but I think I'll give this a try anyways. After all, it's about street photography, not sports photography.

  • Mridula April 23, 2012 03:35 pm

    I am on exact opposite, I think I have shot too few things :D I lean a bit towards shooting in 'good' light' and I need to get out of it! But that golden light is so addictive!

  • raghavendra April 23, 2012 12:44 pm

    Few pictures from this book could have been showcased here.

  • valerie Jardin April 23, 2012 03:58 am

    @Dafydd The book is really good on its own, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Then you can go on your own photo walk!

  • Dafydd April 23, 2012 03:56 am

    @valeriejardin thanks for your quick reply. Gutted there is no captions :-( oh well hope the book is good on it own.

  • valerie Jardin April 23, 2012 03:49 am

    @Dafydd Unfortunately I don't think it does, I did not see the option when I put it in the player and there is no indication of subtitles on the DVD case.

  • Dafydd April 23, 2012 03:41 am

    Hi Thanks for bringing this book to our attention. Could be the book I am looking for. One question, do you know if the DVD has closed captions or subtitles for Deaf and hard of hearing people?

    Many thanks for this post

  • Alexx April 23, 2012 03:35 am

    What's wrong with amazon?

    Looks like a great book!

  • valerie Jardin April 23, 2012 03:06 am

    Hi Jerry,
    Amazon usually has the lowest prices but your local bookstore should be able to order it for you too.

  • Jerry April 23, 2012 02:11 am

    Are these DVD's available any where else besides Amazon, I won't deal with them.