15 Excellent Free eBooks for Photographers

free ebooks for photographers

Photography is an incredibly rewarding hobby. Seeing the pictures you captured is almost indescribable. But to stay at the top of your game it is important to continuously improve and learn. Starting with new cameras and finishing with undiscovered and new methods of photography.

If you want to be on the same level as the best you have to keep progressing. People may be led to believe that having a better camera will make you a better photographer, but that is false for the most part. Better equipment helps, but knowledge and experience help a lot more. That’s why we put together a list of the best free eBooks for photographers.

These books will help you learn photography skills first hand from some of the best photographers in the world.

1. Explore Flickr by Thomas Leuthard

free ebooks for photographers

Explore Flickr is the ultimate guide to using Flickr as a new photographer. The book is loaded with photographs, information, and tips from Flickr. Also check out our top sources of photography inspiration post to see a few more great sites to discover and share photography.

2. Ultimate Field Guide to Photography by National Geographic

free field guide to photography ebook

Learn the National Geographic’s photography basics in this excellent free guide. In it you’ll find tips on camera settings, shooting techniques, and more.

3. Insights from Beyond the Lens by Robert Rodriguez Jr.

beyond the lens

Insights from Beyond the Lens is a short new ebook from landscape photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr that explores the art and craft of landscape photography from a wide perspective.

4. The Photographer’s Guide to Depth of Field by Varina and Jay Patel

The Photographer's Guide to Depth of Field

Learn everything you need to know about depth of field and how you can apply it to your photography with this amazing ebook from Varina and Jay Patel.

5. 11 Ways to Improve Your Photography by Craft and Vision

improve photography ebook

This ebook by Craft and Vision team is a practical guide which can help to improve the photography skills of beginners and amateur photographers. If you’re just starting out or looking for some beginner tips, check this out!

6. Starting a Photography Business by Matt Whatley, John Harrington, Greg Smith and Frank Meo

Starting Your Photo Business Guide

If you are looking to start a photography business this ebook is a great place to start. Learn expert tax and business advice from veterans and hear first hand lessons from college students just starting out.

7. The Street Photography Bible by Michael Ernest Sweet

street photography bible

Experience street photography and all of it’s intricacies through Michael Sweet’s own words. This ebook shows you Sweet’s approach on the streets, and also talks about other great subjects like film vs. digital, color vs. black and white, composition elements, etc.

8. Street Photography by Daniel Hoffmann

street photography ebook

Daniel Hoffmann’s ebook channels more into the artform and photography of shooting street photography, rather than the equipment. Less gear talk, more pictures with in-depth commentary.

9. Macro & Close-up Technique by Michael Erlewine

macro photography ebook

The Macro and Close-up Technique ebook is for photography enthusiasts who love to take macro and close-up photography. This ebook shows you the techniques and skills required to get great looking macro photos.

10. The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook by Photoshelter

photographers guide to facebook

The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook is a guide of tactics for using this platform to attract, engage, and get referrals from your audience. The best part is, this ebook contains a lot of examples from actual photographers who have had success with Facebook.

11. Good Photos in Bad Light by Darwin Wiggett

good photos in bad light ebook

Light will no longer be your excuse for bad photos. Darwin Wiggett’s ebook gives you plenty of tips and techniques that you can learn to create great photos in bad outdoor light.

12. Post Exposure by Ctein

post exposure ebook

This ebook helps you understand and learn post-processing work and its importance in photography. It does a great job of comparing the differences of the human eye and the lens and how that contrast balances out.

13. A Photographer’s E-Guide to Making Sharp Photographs by Scott Bourne

A Photographer’s E-Guide To Making Sharp Photographs

In this ebook, photographer Scott Bourne gives you tips to get sharper images and avoid blur. While it’s true that image sharpness should not be the ultimate gauge of a photo’s merit, it should also be remembered that sharper images can have a much higher impact than their blurred counterparts.

14. Collecting Souls… by Thomas Leuthard

free photography ebooks

Collecting Souls… is the second ebook of Thomas Leuthard in our list. It is a passage through the mind of Thomas and his best tips for street photography.

15. 31 Days to Overcome Your Fear of Shooting Street Photography by Eric Kim

street photography ebook

Photographer Eric Kim provides a road map for beginners in street photography by laying down 31 days’ worth of tips. Each day there’s a new lesson to apply to your photography and see gradual improvement. After a month of learning, Eric is confident you would have learned the craft quite well. A great guide for the budding street photographer.

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Hope you enjoyed the free ebooks! If we missed any good ones, leave a comment so we can check them out. Also don’t forget to save this post for later on Pinterest.

8 Replies to “15 Excellent Free eBooks for Photographers”

  1. Mike says:

    Nice list! Here are lots more free photography books: http://shotkit.com/free-photography-books/

    1. Mike says:

      Thanks so much, great roundup! :)

  2. John says:

    A great list of books. I downloaded and used a few of these over time. I have just made my ebook called 20 Photos from the East Side Gallery available for free from http://www.johnhuttonphotography.co.uk/free-stuff

    1. Mike says:

      Thanks for sharing John!

  3. Marvin says:

    Awesome lists…Well detailed and educative.

    1. Mike says:

      Thanks a ton Marvin!

  4. Nick says:

    Michael Ernest Sweet released a new version of his street guide in 2019. It is much better. It’s a free download over at StreetPhotography.com.

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