The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography - 25% OFF This Week Only

The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography – 25% OFF This Week Only


eBook.jpgUpdate: Thanks to the thousands of readers who took advantage of our opening week special – the discount is now over but the e-book and special bonus mentioned below is still available at the affordable price of under $20.

Today I’m really excited to announce the official launch of the first ever DPS downloadable ebook – The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography.

Whether it be casual photography of family or friends or more formal portrait work – it is people that are often what our cameras are focusing upon.

This guide is all about helping you to maximise the results and take portraits with a WOW factor next time you see a person through your viewfinder.

Since starting DPS back over 3 years ago we’ve written hundreds of posts on the topic of portrait photography. One of the questions I’m asked the most by readers is for a condensed version of these posts – something that will help them get to the meat of the topic in a logically ordered way.

This downloadable ebook is a combination of our best posts from the DPS blog (updated for this edition) as well as newly commissioned (and never previously released) tutorials.

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25 portrait related topics are covered including:

  • How to bypass portrait mode on your digital camera and get great portraits
  • Photographing Children
  • Travel Portrait Photography
  • Environmental Portraits
  • Posing Tips
  • What to Wear in Portraits
  • Introduction to Portrait Lighting
  • Plus much more!

See a full listing of the topics covered here.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the pages inside:

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FREE BONUS SECTION – Interviews with the Pros

The first section pages of The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography are largely ‘how to’ in nature. While the teaching is practical and meaty (we believe you’ll get a lot out of it) we’ve also put together a further 17 pages of interviews with some great portrait photographers.

While theory is great – it’s often when you see how someone else uses it where things really click – so as a free bonus we’ve picked the brains of six great portrait photographers and authors:

  • David Duchemin
  • Jack Hollinsworth
  • Chase Jarvis
  • Bert Stephani
  • Neil Creek
  • Kris Krug

Each of these photographers gives practical tips and more importantly – they each show us at least one of their favourite portraits and talk us through how they achieved the shots.

25% Discount – This Week Only

To celebrate the launch of our first ever e-book and to thank you for being a part of our community we’re launching it with a special 25% discount for one week only.

Normally $19.95 (USD) we believe this resource is real value for those who buy it – but with the discount you’ll be paying under $14.95 (USD) this week. The price will go up at the end of the week so make sure you don’t miss the special price.

Note: during the checkout process PayPal gives you an option for a Discount code – ignore this as the 25% off has already been applied to the price. Click here for a visual of what to do.

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What are People Saying about The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography

We released this brand new resource to a small group of our Twitter followers over the weekend just gone to get some feedback on it and the response has been fantastic. Here’s a few quick screen grabs of the very first tweets about it:


30 Day Money Back Guarantee

We’re so confident that this is an ebook that will help you that if you’re not satisfied that The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography ebook is helping your photography within 30 days of purchase just let me know and I’ll refund your money – no questions asked.

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Make sure you take advantage of the 25% discount by securing your copy of The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography today.

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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+.

Some Older Comments

  • Darren Rowse November 22, 2011 11:36 am

    hi Julie - please email our support team via our contact form and they can help you. They'll need to know the paypal email address that you used in the purchase to be able to track it down.

  • Julie November 22, 2011 11:22 am

    Hi Darren! I purchased this last July and I still have the receipt on my husband's email but not the link where to download it. Im not sure if he accidentally deleted it or what but Is there any chance to get the link again or I have to buy it again? Thanks..

  • Darren Rowse September 22, 2010 09:41 am

    Hi Wendell - to read them on your ipad you need to download them to your computer and then upload them to a pdf reader (like GoodReader) as they're not viewable in the iPad's iBook application. Will email you with more details.

  • Wendell Herbert September 22, 2010 06:31 am

    Hi good day to u I just both the ebook on essential guide to portrait photography with the photo nuts and bolts my reci #1442-9708-4785-2900 but i can not down load anything on my iPad also did not get an email on my computer it only came to my iPad and that it need your help please thank the master card I use and the email was my wife own but still no email was send to her mail thank a million. Also I am a new comer to photography so I am willing to learn as much so here i can't await your book to start reading

  • Anthony May 28, 2010 09:43 pm


    When I add the book to my cart I am being asked to pay $19.95. Why is the discount not being applied?


  • Victor January 22, 2010 01:15 am

    I came across from one of your other sites - I too have an interest in digital photography, thanks cant wait to read the book sounds like it has already been a great success.

  • jpm8jpm January 21, 2010 11:47 am

    any plan for a hard copy? i will recommend it to my frens surely...

  • Emerald December 16, 2009 10:59 pm

    Great! Any plan to release in PRINTED version?? I just want to bring it with me wherever I go. I can pay for double or triple of the e-book price. Worth to have and it in a real book feeling.

  • Greg Harding December 11, 2009 06:02 pm

    Congratulations on the release of your e-book Darren. As someone in the business myself I think that you have done a marvellous job.

  • Parrish November 30, 2009 10:07 pm

    looks good!

  • C-Da November 26, 2009 07:56 pm

    Fantastic e-book. I didn't think twice when I got Darren's email. I read it once & hope to put to practice some of the tips in the coming holidays.

  • kristian November 26, 2009 06:25 pm

    i hope someone give this to me as a gift..the sneak peek is enticing

  • Jason Collin Photography November 25, 2009 05:07 pm

    I would definitely take this book at a Christmas present. I think my weak point in portrait work remains my posing skills....which is why I specialize in candid style!

  • Iris November 25, 2009 10:50 am

    Awesome - just got my copy :) Scanned through it quickly - I know it will help me greatly for future photo sessions :)

  • Mario November 25, 2009 01:49 am

    Juste one word about the book: WOW!

    Oh, and a second one: Thanks!!!!

  • Grant November 24, 2009 07:28 pm

    this is fantastic - downloaded it this morning and spent most of the day dipping in and out of it and am inspired to get out this weekend and take some portraits.

    This is classic DPS - really the best of the best and what I love about this site. It's a bargain at $14.95 - hell, I'd pay double that, partly for the content and partly as a thank you for all the years of great teaching you've given us for free.

    Thanks - I'm going to buy a second one for my Dad who just got his first digital camera!

  • Neil Creek November 24, 2009 08:29 am

    I'm so honored to be part of the book and so proud of Naomi for the spectacular work she did on the design. Photography is a visual art, so I think it's important for the book to look good, and it really does!

    Thank you from us both for the opportunity Darren! I'm looking forward to the next book *wink*

  • kk+ November 24, 2009 04:40 am

    yay.. congrats on the release darren and thx for including me! can't wait to see a copy... :)

  • Online Blog Tips November 24, 2009 04:17 am

    The Essential Guide to Portrait Photography E-book seems to be good, but i think that the "30 Day Money Back Guarantee" is not necessary!

  • Franco Campese November 24, 2009 03:59 am

    Oh nice. Maybe I'll get this once I get back from work. Thanks!

  • John King November 24, 2009 02:04 am

    Sorry for the typos. I hit submit prematurely. I can spell "portrait" and "photographer."

  • John King November 24, 2009 02:01 am

    Great e-book. Straight to the point tips and techniques for the beginner/intermediate prtrait fotographer like myself. Very nicely illustrated with photos and lighting diagrams. Will make a great reference as I commit the information to memory. Well worth the price. Also a good way to support the web site. Thanks for spreading the knowledge.

  • My study in phtography, Michael Nielsen November 24, 2009 12:37 am

    Thank you for this book, I'm looking forward to reading it, and reviewing it on my blog.