We are always on the hunt for great information on photography, especially if its free. Here we’ve put together a list of FREE eBooks for you to download and enjoy! This collection covers the basics of digital photography, lighting setups, nature photography tips and more.
Strobist, a popular photography resource site created by David Hobby, provides massive amounts of free, educational content about lighting. One of those valuable pieces of content is their Lighting 101 series, also available in PDF format.
PhotoNaturalist, a nature photography blog started by Steve Berardi, has a free eBook about wildflower photography. You’ll learn about lighting, exposure, backgrounds, battling wind, and more topics that will help you make better flower images. There is also their premium eBook ($12), The Complete Guide to Photographing Wildflowers, which is for photographers who feel they need a more advanced lesson.
National Geographic Photography Basics
This 20+ page eBook titled Ultimate Field Guide to Photography, covers basic rules, equipment, technical aspects, composition, and more helpful tips from National Geographic, who is well known for it’s high standards and quality in the photography community.
Following the Light
Visual Wilderness offers a variety of premium photography resources authored by a number of successful photographers, with our favorite being their free eBook titled Following the Light. It’s 15 pages of quality content that discusses the process of getting up every morning and chasing the light to get the best images possible. Other free eBooks on the site include topics about workshops, exploring Iceland, and photographing France.
Photo Extremist, a unique photography tutorial site by Evan Sharboneau, offers this short but helpful eBook called Introduction to External Flash. It talks about using an external flash both outdoors and indoors, equipment needed, and a few basic technical aspects to get a new photographer started.
Thomas Leuthard, a street photographer from Switzerland, currently has 5 free eBooks available for download on his website. They are long, quality reads that cover topics in street photography, portraits, and personal success stories from Leuthard and how he became an established photographer.
Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou, founders of oopoomoo, have been educating others about photography for over 20 years. They offer a free eBook on their site titled Born Creative: 12 Ways to Feed Your Creative Soul. You’ll find a lot more helpful photography resources on their blog and premium product pages.
Starting Your Photography Business
PhotoShelter, a portfolio website platform for photographers, offers a free download about starting your own photography business. It writes about finding your niche, marketing your photos, finding clients, and taking care of your money.
Confidence in Photography
Improve Your Photography
Craft and Vision has a large library of premium, affordable reading material covering a wide range of photography topics. They also offer a couple of free eBooks: 11 Ways to Improve Your Photography and More Great Ways to Make Stronger Photographs.