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Over 40 Free eBooks For Every Photographer

By Michelle Bird on August 19th 2014


Photo by Ines Njers

Thousands of pages worth of information, and not one tree killed in the process, oh, the wonders of eBooks. You won’t need to clear-up any shelf space for these either, perhaps just some on your hard-drive after you look at the list.

Photographers in every field will be able to find something to read-up on, from: studio lighting, copyright, Lightroom and Photoshop, landscape photography, HDR, black and white, creating a photography website, marketing and other essential topics.

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Most of these eBooks come in PDF format, others might require your email for registration and download. You’ll be able to build your own portable library and read at your leisure thanks to the folks at Light Stalking.

Below are some of my top picks from the list:


Ultimate Field Guide To Photography, by National Geographic

This ultimate guide by National Geographic covers the basics of photography and is perfect for any beginning photographer that is looking for in-depth information on lenses, exposure, metering, use of flash, quality of light, color balance, etc.


Bicycle Touring Photography, by Paul Jeurissen

The author and his wife travel the world in bicycles, and combine bicycle touring and photography, providing better techniques on capturing cyclists and the road they call home, while focusing on the details and composition.


31 Days To Overcome Your Fear Of Shooting Street Photography, by Eric Kim

Street photography can be intimidating for some, but with Eric Kim’s tips you’ll be able to improve your shooting skills and gain confidence for your craft along the way.

To download the eBooks, you can visit these two links: 23 Free Photography eBooks and 23 More eBooks For Photographers

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Michelle Bird is a Southern California based freelance photographer and writer, with a strong focus on music, editorial and portrait photography. She is the founder and creative force behind the music+culture online blog Black Vinyl Magazine, and can often be found in the photo-pit shooting the latest concerts in town. She has a strong passion for art, exploring, vintage finds and most of all animals. Connect with her through Email,
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Q&A Discussions

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  1. mugur ic

    Great ebooks. Thanks for sharing with us

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  2. Michael Stagg

    Wow! How cool is that?! Some of these are familiar to me and better still, some of them I’ve been waiting to pick up. Thanks Michelle! :)

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    • Michelle Bird

      You’re welcome Michael! I see you spend your time continuously educating yourself to better your craft, good stuff, hope you find something new to learn with the few you haven’t read. :)

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  3. Derek Schwartz

    As an adjunct professor who teaches an online Technology and Ethics course, I found the “Photojournalism: Tech and Ethics” eBook particularly interesting as an intersection of my teaching practice and my photographic practice. Thanks!

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  4. Jose Lopez Moreno

    Great stuff Michelle, honestly I am very scared of shooting street, the thought that I might be invading privacy hunts me bad. But, I need to overcome that and your suggested literature surely helps. Thanks for the info!

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    • Michael Stagg

      I was very interested in the street photography literature as well. I hope we both learn some great stuff through these eBooks!

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  5. Kurk Rouse

    Sounds like a plan Michelle… TY

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  6. Kurk Rouse

    I clicked on the links and was like “do i really want to bombard myself with more reading material when i should be out practicing ?” . Guess it can’t hurt to get them and just get around to them when ever I can. Thanks for sharing .

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    • Michelle Bird

      I know, so much great information out there, haha! Well, you can always set a goal for yourself of reading perhaps one photography book or eBook a week, that way you can still be productive and hit the streets to shoot.

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  7. James Matthews

    Great post! A lot of options here…although I can’t remember the last time I read a tutorial book, either real or PDF. It’s all video training for me. This will be a nice change :)

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    • Michelle Bird

      You’re welcome James! It’s always good to alternate a bit, at least this way you don’t have to skip through the 1-2 minute gibberish some videos can contain haha. Hope you find some good reads :)

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  8. Christine Eisele

    Thank you for posting these very helpful and insightful links! The eBook on Street Photography offers so many great tips and strategies.

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    • Michelle Bird

      You’re very welcome Christine! Happy to hear you found something that suits your craft.

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  9. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks for sharing a book on Street photraphy. For many is a way to overcome some fears people have.

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  10. Rich Taylor

    This is Great, I found some greats reads and information. Great post Michelle!

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    • Michelle Bird

      Thanks Rich! Glad you were able to gather some good info, feel free to come back and post some of your favorites here in the comments section. Always great to read other people’s suggestions, helps out the community too.

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  11. oscar campos

    great resources, thanks!

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  12. Brandon Dewey

    Thank you, I am always look for more books to read and free is always the best price.

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  13. Austin Swenson

    …too, many, products, and great, stuff, MUST NOT PRESS DOWNLOAD… BRAIN OVERLOAD… AW SCREW IT!!!! Here I go to download them ALL!!!

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  14. Raoni Franco

    Niiiice, thanks!

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    • Michelle Bird

      You’re very welcome Raoni! Hope you find some good information to apply to your craft.

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