23 Free Photography E-Books

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Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about four years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr.

You’ve seen them appear in some of our earlier posts on freebies. But today we decided to put all the eBooks together (and many more!) in a single, mega post for you. These will keep you busy for a really long time. Go ahead, download them! Print them if you want to, or save them on your smartphone to read them on the go.

 

field guide_national geographicUltimate Field Guide to Photography, by National Geographic

This guide by National Geographic can be a serious resource for a beginner in photography as it covers almost every aspect of the basics of photography. From explaining camera settings to tips on composition and perspective, everything is nicely explained. It can also serve as a handy reference guide to refresh your basics.

 

thomas leuthardGoing Candid, by Thomas Leuthard

Thomas Leuthard is a street photographer who is known for his adept storytelling through his street images. In his eBook, he writes about his approach to street photography full with inputs based on his experiences all through these years. If you’re interested in street photography, this is one resource you must really check out.

 

scott bourne essaysEssays on Inspiration, Vision and Creativity in Photography, by Scott Bourne

This is an inspiring compilation of essays by photographer Scott Bourne. Coming from his personal experiences, the essays touch upon his insights on topics like storytelling, seeing, creativity, and vision. The wide variety of tips scattered across the eBook are sure to help you grow as a photographer.

 

insights from beyond the lensInsights from Beyond the Lens, by Robert Rodriguez Jr

This eBook on landscape photography covers everything from what gear is best suited to landscape photography to how to make the best use of available light to create stunning landscape images. The author also shares useful insights from his experiences that are sure to motivate you further. Do check it out.

 

good photos in bad lightGood Photos in Bad Light, by Darwin Wiggett

We’ve all gone through situations where bad light played a spoilsport in our photography trip, or so we thought. You don’t have to worry about it any longer because Darwin Wiggett, in this eBook, gives you plenty of tips and techniques that you can learn to create great photos in bad outdoor light. Light will no longer be your excuse for bad photos.

 

set up your photoblogSet Up Your Own Photoblog, by Nancy Messiah

Photoblogging requires you to have a knowledge about a wide range of areas, from hosting your site to getting traffic to it. This eBook by Nancy Messiah tackles the topic in a comprehensive manner with attention to specific details about getting your site running and everything that you need to keep in mind.

 

street photography alex cogheStreet Photography, by Alex Coghe

Street photographer Alex Coghe shares everything he has learned through these years in this eBook. A really comprehensive guide on street photography, it gives a first hand account of how to approach street photography and get better, with some really insightful tips coming from his experience.

 

A Photographer’s E-Guide to Making Sharp Photographs, by Scott Bourne

While it’s true that image sharpness should not be the ultimate gauge of a photo’s merit, it should also be remembered that sharper images can have a much higher impact than their blurred counterparts. In this eBook, photographer Scott Bourne gives you tips to get sharper images and avoid blur. You should check this out.

 

urbexUrban Exploration Photography, by Neil Ta

Photographer Neil Ta has been involved in urban exploration photography for quite some time now and through this eBook, he shares everything he has learned over the years. If you are fascinated by urban exploration and looking to learn the ropes, this can be a valuable resource. So, grab your camera and start exploring your city for abandoned spaces!

 

collecting soulsCollecting Souls, by Thomas Leuthard

Street photographer Thomas Leuthard shares his viewpoint on the numerous aspects of street photography and how he’s been able to learn different lessons along the way. Filled with lots of fantastic insights on the craft, this eBook will give you a lot to think about and offer you plenty of ways to improve your street photography.

 

bicycle touring photographyBicycle Touring Photography

This is a unique eBook in that it combines bicycle touring with photography. Written by Paul Jeurissen, it uses the travels of a bike touring couple (the author and his wife Grace Johnson) as a backdrop to impart photography lessons on composition and techniques. If you like cycling and photography, you are going to love this one.

 

external flash photographyIntroduction to External Flash Photography

This is a very concise guide on external flash photography. The book is barely 9 pages long and it gets straight to the point. From using flash indoors to using bounced flash, it covers all the important areas. It has dedicated sections on explaining the use of flash outdoors and how to achieve great results, all in an easy to understand language.

 

food photography ebookHow to Take Stunning Food Photos

If you like food photography, this eBook will prove to be a valuable resource for you. From lighting considerations to composition suggestions, a lot has been covered in this book to get you started. According to the book, there are essentially two things that make a stunning food photo – appropriate exposure and a thoughtful composition. For more tips, download the eBook!

 

exploreflickrExplore Flickr, by Thomas Leuthard

Flickr’s Explore is a double edged sword. On one hand, it brings tons of views and activity to your photos, and on the other hand, it makes you want to see all your photos on Explore, for the very same reason, almost to the point of making you addicted to it. A celebrity in his own right on Flickr, street photographer Thomas Leuthard shares some tips to get your photos on Explore.

 

strobist lighting 101Lighting 101, by Strobist

The ever popular online lessons on lighting in photography, Lighting 101, can be downloaded as a single file for a handy reference. It will teach you everything about lighting – lighting equipment, artificial lighting, balancing it with natural light, lighting patterns and many more tricks. If you are looking for an in-depth primer on lighting, Lighting 101 will be a great place to start.

 

9 motivational essays bourneNine Motivational Essays on Photography, by Scott Bourne

As photographers, we periodically experience a creative block that leaves us unmotivated. Scott Bourne’s motivational essays can be a great remedy for it. These nine essays tackle the issues of photographic motivation, creative rut, and getting photographic inspiration in different ways. A must-read for all photographers.

 

shy photographers guideThe Shy Photographer’s Guide to Confidence, by Lauren Lim

Many of us are shy when it comes to photographing in certain situations but that’s definitely not something that cannot be taken care of. In this eBook, photographer Lauren Lim tackles the issue by providing you practical tips that will boost your confidence during a photoshoot, in a meetings or while traveling.

 

photography businessStarting a Photography Business

If you are looking to start a photography business but have no idea how to go about it, this eBook will be a great place to start. With advice from experts who share real life knowledge, you will learn the basics as well as how to best manage your finances. Everything is explained in a manner that is easy to understand.

 

street faces thomas leuthardStreet Faces – The Art of Candid Street Portraiture, by Thomas Leuthard

Street photographer Thomas Leuthard likes photographing strangers on the street, from a very close distance and of course, without permission to maintain the candidness in his photos. Controversial as it may sound, he has produced a magnificent body of work. This eBook takes you through his experiences photographing strangers, and how you could do it yourself.

 

photojournalism technology and ethicsPhotojournalism, Technology and Ethics, by Scott Baradell

The eBook approaches the issue of ethics in journalism and how digital technology has affected the ‘reality’ in photojournalism. It lays down certain guidelines, sort of axioms for photojournalists, that can guide them. Also included are famous cases of altered photos and staged shots from the past. If photojournalism interests you, you should check out this eBook.

 

31 days street photography31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography

Photographer Eric Kim provides a road map for beginners in street photography by laying down 31 days’ worth of tips. Each day there’s a new lesson to apply to your photography and see gradual improvement. After a month of learning, Eric is confident you would have learned the craft quite well. A great guide for the budding street photographer.

 

selling fine art photographySelling Fine Art Photography

It may be easy to take photographs but it may not be as easy to sell them, or so you might think. This eBook by Photoshelter will provide you with tips from photographers and industry professionals to hep you with selling your fine art work. From what to do and what not to do when selling your work, the guide covers everything.

 

lr5 quick guideLightroom 5 Quick Start Guide

Victoria Brampton, of The Lightroom Queen, has put together a great guide for those looking to get started with Lightroom 5. Right from installing and importing photos in LR to explaining the workspace and basic editing techniques, the guide covers everything in great detail.

 

11 thoughts on “23 Free Photography E-Books

  1. Jenny

    Hi ritesh,

    Nice list of free ebooks. I like bird photography. I came across a free ebook on bird photography “15 Incredible tips for beginners”. This is really nice ebook. It is available in naturephotographysimplified blog.

  2. Keith

    Having only recently started with photography, I am looking or inspiration on what (if anything) to do with my photo’s and what subjects to consider. These e books will be great food for thought.

  3. Velinda

    Thank you for sharing these books with us. I’m looking forward to reading them. This will definitely assist me in setting up and learning all about the photography business.

  4. Dave Macias

    Great collection of E-books will keep me busy for a while.
    Always looking to see and learn new and different ways of improving my photos.
    Thank you!

  5. RMurch

    I’ve been taking pictures for a little while….these will be a great inspiration for me. Perfect stuff for my New England Winter reading list.

    Thanks for the early Christmas present(s) :)

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