Free Photography E-Books
We have decided to put all the FREE Photography E-Books together on one page. You can find E-Books about photography basics, tips and techniques, landscapes, flowers, portraits, photoshop, lighting, composition and much more. I’ll be updating this list of resources from time to time when I come across new free E-Books, so be sure to check back soon.
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Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll learn in this ebook:
- How to get the perfect light
- How to control the light
- How to get sharper images
- How to get a perfect exposure
- How to get a perfect background
- How to focus closer
- How to make identification easier
- How to battle the wind
- How to create intimate images
- How to leave no trace
- How to sharpen your photos in Photoshop
- How to darken the background in Photoshop
- Street Photography is a genre that can’t be too constrained because it would limit it. But some pickets are needed to understand what we’re talking.
- Street Photographs must be taken in the public realm: streets, subways, museums, beaches, parks, events, countryside, nightclubs…
- Photographs may not be staged or posed by models.
- Photographs do not need to include people but should at the very least imply human existence or a human condition.
- Street Photography can be colour or black & white. Partially desaturated images can’t be considered street photography.
- Add or remove elements from street photographs is not ethic. Street Photography is a challenge for ourselves and the approach to this kind of photography is raw, like the old straight photography.
Street photography has helped me become a better person. Before shooting street photography, I would always let myself get pushed around by other people
If you have this problem as well, stand up for your rights and stand your ground. Not only will doing this help your street photography but your own personal life as well.
The first part of this book covers basic ideas and tips on how to improve
your cycling pictures, plus provides links to a number of other inspirational photographers. Since you’ll want to photograph more than just your bike, it also recommends various travel, landscape and portrait photo tip websites.
The second section contains information on submitting images to magazines and companies – including some basic how-to’s, pitfalls to watch out for and information on getting your images published.
Once you have your flash, the question is how to better use it. Briefly, your decisions are:
- Where am I going to put the light – and why?
- How am I going to get it to stay there?
- How am I going to trigger it?
- What will the quality of the light be: Hard or soft?
- What will the beam spread of the light be – wide, narrow?
- How will I balance the strobe’s intensity with the ambient light?
- How will I balance the strobe’s colour with the ambient light?
Why tell stories with your camera? Well, for one thing, people who look at pictures will enjoy looking at a story over a snapshot any day.
Telling stories with your camera forces you to slow down and think about what you are doing. What is it about this scene that makes you want to make a photograph? What moves you or attracts your eye? Is there a point of view that you want to capture and preserve?
Relax. Take a deep breath. This is not life or death. The problem can be exacerbated if you put a lot of pressure on yourself to overcome the lack of motivation.
It happens to just about everyone at some point in time. While this may or may not be helpful, know that you aren’t alone in this problem.
Rethink what you are photographing. Stop shooting ANYTHING that doesn’t excite you. Shoot only things that interest you. Photographing people, places or things that you love may be all you need to get you over this hump.
Today, the profession of photojournalism as we know it is threatened by technological transformation, by the rise of video, by fragmentation of the media.
It’s under fire from a suspicious public – watchdog bloggers, cable and radio pundits, and other critics who question the profession’s credibility and authority to bring us an accurate picture of the world.
The Heart of Portraiture has 20 images and discussions on what I was thinking about when setting up the portrait, what the ‘moment’ was all about when I made the image and what camera/lens I used to shoot it. Very simple gear. There are no lighting diagrams, and there is a reason why.
Any composition will produce a poor image if the lighting is wrong. Bright or dull, hard or soft, sunlit or cloudy, sunrise
or midday; all these give different light qualities that need to be used, in the best way to generate the best images.
In this first lesson, I help you understand what light is, why it acts the way it does, why things don’t always come out the way you hope them to, and how the digital camera goes about controlling the colour of light, under a range of lighting conditions.
Insights from Beyond the Lens is a short new book from landscape photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr that explores the art and craft of landscape photography from a holistic perspective.
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
So why is it important to know about the depth of field and how do you go about implementing it into your photography? Shallow depth of field lets you draw the viewer’s eye into specific parts of the image, creating a visible distance between the subject and the rest of the otherwise flat, two-dimensional photograph.
On the other side, using a large focus point will ensure that things like sunsets or group shots of people are sharp from corner to corner in your image. Implementing these two basic techniques of the depth of field allows you to choose how the viewer of your photograph perceives everything and allows you to be creative with what is and isn’t in focus.
What is a street photograph or for that matter, street photography? There are as many definitions as there are ‘street photographers’. The genre certainly lends itself to considerable flexibility, but I think there are limitations. It’s something more than simply a photograph taken on the street.
Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden is often quoted as saying, ‘If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.’ But this too is open to interpretation.
From an overview of the components of a camera to an exploration of exposure, aperture, shutter speed, lenses, depth of field, composition and more, this book will help you get started on the path to mastering the medium of photography.
Whether you’ve just picked up a camera for the first time or you’ve been photographing for a long time, you’ll find the details of how photography works, both technically and aesthetically from an author with more than 30 years of experience teaching photography at the college level.
You’ve probably tried your hand at portrait photography before—many times—without really thinking about it. Any posed snapshot of family and friends is a portrait, but with a little practice and a few easy tips, you can turn those snapshots into wonderfully flattering portraits that you’ll be proud to share, frame, and hang on your wall.
The best part? You can get started with the camera you already own, no matter how basic.
The first step to becoming a better nature photographer is to understand light.
Discover the 8 types of natural light and learn techniques you can use to increase the quality and dramatic effect of your images.
- BACKLIGHT – make flowers glow, make dramatic silhouettes
- SIDELIGHT – emphasize texture and shape
- FRONT LIGHT – great for sunset shots
- REFLECTED LIGHT – make peaceful water reflections
- DIFFUSED LIGHT – great for close-ups
- DRAMATIC LIGHT – there’s nothing like a storm to create a dramatic image
- TWILIGHT – beautiful blues and pinks in the sky
- NIGHT – great for capturing city lights
- What is street photography?
- Why does street photography appeal to so many people?
- What is characteristic of good street photography?
- What personal skills does street photography demand of the photographer?
- Which photo equipment is best suited for street photography?
Do you want to take better photos?
Lluís Ribes has adapted his tutorial on Photography Composition for iBooks. Download it for free and in 13 chapters you will be able to go over the most important composition rules and take more…
High Dynamic Range Photography by Steve Huskisson shows images captured by Steve in South Florida. Using multiple exposures or bracketed shots, Steve combines the images to make truly magnificent photos.
A book on photography with illustrations to educate on aperture and shutter speed, and how these interrelate. Also provides information on light and ISO.
Have you ever wanted to take a picture that makes other people say “Wow”? Well, you have stumbled upon the right book. Every photo should create or stimulate an emotion within the viewer. This book will teach you about different techniques subjects and settings you can use to do this. It even provides 20 tasks for you to complete. The aim of this book is to teach you how to take good photos and to show you examples of them so that you can become a better photographer.
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