Photography is an incredibly rewarding hobby, and with the wealth of digital cameras available nowadays, is one that’s well within most people’s reach. But as any budding photographer will tell you, there’s a lot more to good photos than having a nice camera.
There’s a lot of skill and technical knowledge required to really succeed at photography, some of which you can’t learn just through trial and error. That’s where ebooks and tutorials come in.
The following is a list of 20 free ebooks that are prefect for beginner or intermediate-level photographers looking to take their photography to the next level.
Whether you want to shoot better family photos, learn to appreciate landscape photography or start getting down and dirty with street photography, there’s probably an ebook here for you.
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Author: Michael Chia
Traveling gives you a million opportunities to capture the most magnificent images only if you know how to. This book offers 10 of the most useful tips and tricks to help you improve your travel photography skills like a pro.
Author: Klaus Herrmann
Here is a comprehensive book on HDR photography work. From tips and guidelines to the entire process of HDR workflow, you will find a lot of useful stuff accompanied by rich illustrations.
Author: Highton Ridley
Written by a multi-award winning fine art photographer, this book tells readers about light and line, and texture and tone in fine art photography. You can also buy any of the featured works in the book.
Author: Simon McIntyre & Andrew Langcake
A book on practical knowledge and up-to-date information about the best practices in lighting for videos, photography, and other applications. It is a great resource for beginners in the field of photography lighting.
Author: Herbert Eugene Ives
A beautiful collection of airplane photographs from the yesteryears. You will find some of the most interesting images of the evolution of the aviation industry and handrwork of photographers who captured the zeitgeist.
Author: Daniel Hoffmann
A professional street photographer, Daniel Hoffmann shows some of his most creative street photos, analyses them, and tells the reader how they can achieve this effect in their photos.
Author: Robin Nichols
Clouds can bring a lot of attention to your images and in this book you can learn how to capture most dynamic and dramatic clouds in a scenery.
Author: Michael Erlewine
Here’s a book for all nature photographers who experience awe, beauty, and instruction from the natural world. It is a very comprehensive resource on everything related to close up and macro photography.
Author: Robin Nichols
There is a certain technique to photograph strangers on a street or during your travels. This book addresses your fears and offers useful tips about taking photos of strangers.
Author: Nigel Hicks
created in the form a course, this book describes the basics of light in photography to make readers understand its importance in professional photography work. You’ll get to learn all that with the help of figures and images for better comprehension.
Author: National Geographic
Who can beat NatGeo in the art of photography, cinematography, and filmmaking. Here is a guide on some of their best trick for professional as well as amateur photographers.
This a collection of tips and life experiences of some of the best portrait photographers of the field. You will find a lot of inspirational stuff as well as photography examples in the book.
A portrait is nothing if it doesn’t handle the hands of the subject well. This ebook tells you about professional poses, the mechanics of non-verbal communication, and strategies for effective communication with your client.
Author: Evan Sharboneau
In this book, Evan Sharboneau tells you everything there’s to know about using in an external flash with your camera.
Author: Ryan Koo
Your DSLR camera can create impressive videos if you know how to use it to its full potential. And this guide will help you with just that. You’ll learn to optimize your DSLR camera for cinematography and how to make amazing videos with it.
Author: Kimberly Gauthier,
In this simple book, the author tells about her experience in shooting on the DSLR camera through manual settings.
Author: Adorama & Mason Resnick
A complete and informative guide on portrait photography. The author tries to highlight the techniques and best practices in creating flattering portrait photographs.
Professional photography takes a lot of hard work and so to keep your work safe from copyright infringements, this book as all the useful information to guide you through the copyright process and its dynamics.
Author: Kalem Aquil
For those who have recently discovered their passion for photography as well as experienced photographers, this book can be a great resource bulging with information on everything that comes under the umbrella of photography.
Author: Anne McKinnell
In the field of photography, light plays a crucial role. So this book helps you identify and make the best use of different types of natural light that add a lot of depth to your photos.
Author: Chris Weeks
A book on the most amazing collection of street photography, the author addresses different aspects of the art with many example photographs. There are also forwards by different professional street photographers.
Author: Shari Hunt
Shari Hunt is an expert in night sky photography and offers in this book some of the most valued lessons and imaging techniques that she learned through her experience in the field.
Author: Anne McKinnell
There’s more to taking great travel photographs than just bringing a camera along during your next trip. Travel photography takes a lot of planning; from making sure you have a creative vision to planning your trip, give this ebook a read before you head on your next photography trip.
If you’re at all interested in bird photography, this ebook is for you. Over the course of 50 pages, Prathap touches on 15 general topics that beginners in bird photography should be aware of. The rule of thirds, camera settings and post-processing are all touched on in this ebook.
Author: Neil Ta
If you’ve ever been interested in taking photos of abandoned or rarely-seen buildings and ruins but never knew how to get started, give this ebook a read. Neil Ta guides you through the basics of urban exploration photography, from suggested equipment to planning your exploration to composing and framing your shots.
Author: Thomas Leuthard
Thomas Leuthard’s Going Candid is an exhaustive introduction to the world of street photography. This ebook features a great balance between technical discussion of equipment, workflow and post processing and other concerns such as traveling and making the most out of Flickr.
Author: Thomas Leuthard
This ebook has a clear and definite focus on street photography, but here the author focuses more on issues related to mentality and motivation. Topics discussed in this ebook include how to handle criticism, the importance of passion and general street photography practice.
Author: Eric Kim
Eric Kim’s ebook is perfect for those of you who’ve always been fascinated by street photography but have always been too shy to try it out. The book is structured as a day-by-day guide aimed at helping you overcome common beginner issues and blossom into an awesome street photographer.
Author: David Hobby
David Hobby’s Lighting 101 is probably the best place to start if you’re interested in using off-camera flash in your photography. From the most basic bare essentials all the way to advanced artificial lighting techniques, this ebook has got you covered.
Author: Lauren Lim
As the title implies, this ebook doesn’t concern itself with matters of equipment and technique. Instead, it focuses on how to build confidence in yourself and your photography, particularly when it comes to commercial photography. Essential read for new and experienced photographers alike.