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10 Essential Photography E-Books

Over the last few months a number of respected photographers have released some quality e-books and e-resources for photographers.

We thought it might be a great time to do a wrap up of some of the e-books that we recommend the most here at DPS.

Here they are, listed in no particular order of quality or preference as each will meet different photographers needs in different ways.

1. The 123 of Digital Imaging (version 6.2 – just updated to this new version this week)

123di-box-60.jpgAuthor: Vincent Bockaert

Price: Starting at $49.95

Description: Learn digital photography through a highly visual and interactive guide containing thousands of graphics and animations.

Length: 5137 pages

What We Say: the most comprehensive photography training resource available today – packed with useful and practical information. See if it’s right for you with a free demo download.

2. Seeing the Light: Making the Most of Available Light and Minimal Equipment

Screen-shot-2009-12-08-at-8.00.07-PM.png Author: Mitchell Kanashkevich

Price: $12

Length: 51 pages

Description: This eBook is ideal for anyone who photographs people and doesn’t carry around cases of lighting equipment. It contains explanations and diagrams on “sculpting” with light and creating atmospheric lighting effects with a single flash, a reflector or just the available natural light.

What We Say: this E-book is a breath of fresh air. Light – as photographers we can’t do our thing without learning about it. This e-book is well written and helpful for a photographer who might not have bags full of equipment (or who can’t haul them all around the world with them).

3. Understanding post-proccessing

ebook.jpg Author: Mitchell Kanashkevich

Price: $12

Length: 37 pages

Description: E-book tutorial on post-processing photographs in Photoshop and Lightroom. Through in-depth step by step tutorials, illustrations and explanations, it will help you produce striking images with plenty of impact.

What We Say: another great resource from travel and documentary photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich. It takes 5 photographs and works readers through the processes that he takes to achieve the looks in the images using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

4. The Inspired Eye, Notes on Creativity for Photographers, Vol.I

inspired-eye1-collection.jpgAuthor: David DuChemin

Price: $5

Description: Understanding and nurturing our creativity is the first step in breaking out of our ruts.

Length: 28 page PDF ebook
What We Say: this is David’s 5th e-book and as with all that he does it is both inspirational and useful to photographers who are feeling a little ‘stuck’. Something to keep handy for those days when you just can’t get in the zone.

5. TEN – Ten Ways To Improve Your Craft. None of Them Involves Buying Gear.

ten.jpgAuthor: David DuChemin

Price: $5

Description: Improve your craft with the ebook that started it all. The Title says it all but the link below will give you more info.

Length: 32 page PDF ebook
What We Say: Easy to read, practical and inspirational tips from an experienced photographer. It’s not a technical e-book but if you’re starting out in photography or an intermediate photographer looking to take your images to the next level this is one to consider.

6. TEN MORE – Ten More Ways To Improve Your Craft.

tenmore.jpgAuthor: David DuChemin

Price: $5

Length: 34 pages

Description: This is the follow-up to TEN. It’s just ten more.

What We Say: A great followup to David’s original ‘TEN’ e-book with more of the same. These two e-books would be great to go through slowly over time, taking a principle to work on at a time each time you go out and practice when you go out with your digital camera. We love the imagery in David’s book!

7. Drawing The Eye: Creating Stronger Images Through Visual Mass.

drawing.jpgAuthor: David DuChemin

Price: $5

Length: 32 pages

Description: Learn how to lead the eye of the viewer to create more powerful images.

What We Say: One of the most important aspects of photography is composition and thinking about how your image will be viewed by those who see it. This e-book teaches you how to be proactive in this and intentionally lead those viewing your shots rather than just hoping that an image will be well received. Learn how people view an image and how to work WITH these principles to create powerful images.

8. Chasing The Look: 10 Ways to Improve The Aesthetics of Your Photographs.

cover.jpgAuthor: David DuChemin

Price: $5

Length: 48 pages

Description: “How come my photographs don’t look like that?” The short answer is that we need to begin thinking aesthetically and not merely technically.

What We Say: David is great at teaching photographers not just to be technical and this e-book tackles this topic really well. Good shots don’t just happen – we have to be intentional about it – this one helps photographers to do just this.

9. Night Photography and Light Painting

-1.jpgAuthor: Brent Pearson

Price: $19.95

Length: 80 pages

Description: This eBook has been written as a step-by-step guide to accelerate your nocturnal photography.

What We Say: A little more tightly focused in terms of topic than some of the above but an excellent resource on a topic that fascinates many people – shooting at night in low light and ‘painting’ with light. A well explained and illustrated E-book for photographers of all levels.

10. The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography

eBook.jpgAuthors: The Writing Team at Digital Photography School

Price: $19.95

Length: 78 pages

Description: We wanted to help you achieve your true potential as a portrait photographer, so we’ve released a comprehensive 78 page e-book to teach you the secrets of stunning portraiture.

What We Say: Well, we wrote it so we love it. What’s more important has been the great feedback we’ve had – some of which is on the sales page where you can get all the information you need on the e-book.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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