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Best Photography Ebooks

I love photography books, I have many, mostly monographs by specific photographers but I also have a few ‘how to do it’ books. The trouble with the latter is that once you have mastered what is on offer the book is a bit redundant. The cost is part of this concern but also that any book published this week was probably written 2 years ago and in the days of digital everything moves more quickly than that.

I have bought ebooks since they were first available, I really like take instruction in this way, I find the quality of reproduction a joy and if you manage to hit upon a series or writer you like and trust then even buying a number of books costs next to nothing.

I am a great advocate of the Craft & Vision ebooks, these cover technical and visual matters in clear and well presented publications and cost only about £3.25, at that price I feel it is worth taking a chance but I have to say I have never been disappointed by a Craft & Vision ebook. Have a look at what they have here

Here are some of their ebooks

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Making the Print  Printing Techniques For the Digital Photographer (A Masterclass) Martin Bailey

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Beyond Thirds A Photographer’s Introduction to Creative Composition Andrew S. Gibson

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Up Close A Guide to Macro & Up Close Photography Andrew S. Gibson

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Close To Home Finding Great Photographs in Your Own Backyard Stuart Sipahigil

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Vision is Better Free the Mind, Free the Camera David duChemin

See the full catalogue of ebooks here, remember they are only £3.25 each or cheaper if you buy 5 or more

Slow a new ebook from Craft and Vision

We really like the Craft and Vision ebooks, incredibly cheap £3.25 ($5), for such useful and inspiring books, beautifully illustrated and absolutely hit the marks for people who are photographers, those interested in photography rather than just those who happen to own a camera. If you like taking pictures then all of the Craft & Vision books would add to your skill and vision.

Looking to explore the creative possibilities behind the slow end of the shutter dial? Looking for some new ideas, or want a primer on intentional camera motion, panning, long exposure techniques, and the equipment to help you make it happen? SLOW is an excellent place to begin.

Andrew S. Gibson’s SLOW is 64 spreads of teaching and inspiration on the techniques and aesthetics of using a slow shutter to create expressive images skillfully captured through exposure and movement. To complement his own work, Andrew also includes two case studies from photographers Doug Chinnery and Joel Tjintjelaar, which help to provide tangible insights on the subject of long-exposure photographyGet further details on this new book here

Other books in the series include these titles

This is an inspiring and beautiful eBook that teaches just about everything David’s learned about landscape photography while chasing the light across seven continents. As a landscape eBook for all levels, photographers will find the education and inspiration to make beautiful photographs of their own, no matter what adventure awaits them.

This massive eBook boasts 65 spreads (130 pages if you’re still counting the old way,) is broken down into sections on Gear, Composition, Light, Land, Water, Snow, and Detail Shots, and is accompanied by large, beautiful photographs, all with complete EXIF data, many of them previously unseen, from travels on all seven continents. There’s also Behind the Shot sections that discuss topics like exposure blending, maximizing sharpness, using ND and polarizer filters, and shooting in weather, like fog. Whether you’re new to landscape photography or looking to hone your craft this eBook will be a valuable and inexpensive addition to your library.

Portraits of Earth An Introduction to Landscape Photography David duChemin

Your camera phone is always with you, and whether you’re an amateur or vocational photographer, it only makes sense to know how to use it to your advantage. eyePhone: Making Stronger Photographs with your Camera Phone is a stunning 45-page PDF eBook, full of inspired insights, invaluable tips, creative considerations, and must-have resources to help you take your photography, and creative life, to the next level.

Whether you shoot and process hundred of images each month or you just take the casual snapshot, you’ll discover exciting ideas and concepts that are sure to turn your camera phone image gallery into a portfolio you’re proud of. This is a game-changer for photographers. It’s photography that fits in your pocket and the avid photographer will benefit from knowing how to wield its potential.

“Thanks to Al Smith I learned more about the camera on my iPhone in 10-minutes than I had in two years. My iPhone has made me a better photographer.” – David duChemin

eyePhone Making Stronger Photographs with your Camera Phone Al Smith

There are more than 30 excellent ebooks in this series and discounts available for multiple purchases might be the best £3.25 you ever spent on your photography, see the full series of ebooks here

Craft & Vision ebooks

You know I always say in class that if you don’t like your pictures don’t blame your camera. I meet so many people who would love to make better pictures and their route to doing so is to buy ever more expensive equipment. Don’t misunderstand me, I recognise that good equipment is important but one of my favourite photographers, Jane Buekett,  still only uses her Pentax K1000, that is not the digital Pentax, that is the the film one that is at least 30 years old. Actually that is not exactly true, the bit about Jane ‘only’ using her ancient film camera, I recently converted her to a bit of digital and now she carries a Canon G10 too. This is all beside the point, which is that on our courses we stress that the route to better photography is not through spending more money on cameras or lenses but by learning how to use them properly and how to improve your ‘eye’, your vision, your craft.

I have purchased many of the Craft & Vision ebooks because for me other peoples’ version of the things I do is valuable, another viewpoint, a different way of expressing is uplifting and re-affirming. It is for this reason I recommend you read Tom Dinnings Blog. One of the great things about the internet is the ability to engage with others who you may never meet but who share your version of being creative, your vision. That doesn’t mean they take the same pictures as you or that it is a mutual back slapping club but that you share attitudes and thought processes about how you make pictures. In class last night on our Intermediate Photography course a student, Sarah, explained that in German the term is distinctly to ‘make a photograph’ rather than the ‘take’ that we consider here in England. I definitely prefer the idea of making a photograph. What do you say wherever you are in the world, I would be very interested to hear, and does it infer a difference of approach?

Another photographer whose attitudes I concur with is the man behind Craft & Vision, David du Chemin, his work is completely different to mine, how I would enjoy his life for a short while, traveling almost continuously making images with the intention of making a difference. Go and have a look at his site, sign up to his blog.

So the Craft and Vision ebooks. As I said I have purchased a number, they cost almost nothing, are beautifully produced and interesting and informative.

Here is a link to their pages, go and have a look, save money on equipment, make better pictures