Welcome to the ultimate collection of totally FREE photography eBooks! Whether you’re after some general digital photography advice, looking to increase your photo editing skills, want some specific street photography tips, or even have a desire to take amazing shots of dragonflies – whatever you’re looking for, we have you covered.
As well as all of the below ebooks being offered at the fantastic price of zero, they are all in PDF format, and thus viewable on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone and, well, anything else that can read PDFs. They’re all full ebooks, too – no ‘preview’ or ‘sample’ books here.
I’ve mostly linked to the pages on the corresponding websites where you can download the eBook – that way their website is getting the much-deserved exposure and publicity, rather than you being able to download the book directly from this post without ever visiting their site (although a few sites have updated their links, so have had to include some direct downloads as the number of broken links was getting silly!). Seems fair to me! I’ve only linked to sites where the eBooks are explicitly stated as being free – I did come across more books in my search, but I couldn’t vouch for the legality of some, so I didn’t include them in this post; download any of the eBooks below safe in the knowledge that they are all available online for free, and legally so.
General Photography eBooks
This is a really nicely illustrated guide from the folk at Photoanswers. It contains lots of handy hints on starting out with your DSLR.
Everything you need to know about lenses, from sharpness, to telephoto, wide-angles and more.
Want help on how and why you should be shooting RAW? Check out this guide – it contains lot of great info that’ll have you using RAW in no time.
Improve your black and white photography skills with another great eBook from Photoanswers. Includes info on filters, RAW conversion and Photoshop.
Learn to make the most of your lenses, including focal length facts, aperture answers, selective focus skills and more.
Take your photography skills to the next level with more great advice from Photoanswers – including focus points, metering modes and more.
Scott Bourne writes about inspiration, creativity and ‘vision’ in his free ebook. A great ebook from one of the most-followed photographers on Twitter.
Requires a free sign-up to PhotoExtremist’s newsletter (top-right of his site) to get an instant download. Recommended, as the book is lengthy and full of creative ideas.
Want to shoot in Manual mode but not sure where to start? This great eBook by Kimberley Gauthier will get you up to scratch in no speed.
Requires a free sign-up to Makeuseof.com – very easy, and registering enables you to download instantly. This ebook is a great overview of digital photography.
Street Photography eBooks
Thomas Leuthard shares his tips, tricks and advice on street photography, including lots of examples of his stunning work.
Leuthard’s second book about street photography goes deeper into the subject, including more advanced techniques and thoughts.
Street Photography For The Purist
160 pages of great street photography insight and images. Note the download link is at the top-right of the page.
David Hobby’s (aka The Strobist) fantastic Lighting 101 series of posts, compiled into one great ebook. Essential reading for anyone interested in flash photography.
A great DIY guide to building your own studio lighting rig. Includes step-by-step guides and diagrams.
A great guide to using your flash to get professional results. Including bounce flash, the use of reflectors and more.
Darwinn’s great guide on how to make the most of any lighting condition, coming away with a great photo everytime.
Digital Editing eBooks: Photoshop
Requires a free sign-up to All-Things-Photography’s's newsletter (top-left of their site) to get an instant download. It’s a nice, beginner’s guide to Photoshop.
Requires a free sign-up to Makeuseof.com – very easy, and registering enables you to download instantly. A great Photoshop ‘how to’ guide for beginners.
Requires a free sign-up to Makeuseof.com – very easy, and registering enables you to download instantly. Covers more advanced Photoshop skills.
Digital Editing eBooks: Lightroom
A great collection of Lightroom tips and tutorials – can’t believe this is free! Over a year’s worth of Lightroom guides and advice, compiled in one great ebook.
More fab Lightroom guides from Joe Barrett. Includes workflow, rating, sharpening, mask adjustments and more.
Travel Photography eBooks
Improve your travel photography with the great advice and examples in this eBook. Includes a nice section on creative composition techniques for iconic places.
A lovely photobook and journal; covering the authors’ trip to the Glacier National Park – lovely landscape photography.
Requires a free sign-up to their newsletter (top-right of site) in order to download. Beautiful photos and stories from around the world.
Nature Photography eBooks
Exactly what the title says! Includes tips on getting the right exposure, composition, how to get butterflies in your photos and more.
Want to photograph dragonflies? Then this is the eBook for you! Includes info on equipment, composition and behaviour.
Food Photography eBooks
Requires you to ‘Like’ their page on Facebook to get instant download. A fantastic guide on getting great food shots.
Advice and tips on how to earn money from photojournalism. First half of an eBook; the second half is yet to be written!
Requires a free sign-up to Makeuseof.com – very easy, and registering enables you to download instantly. Learn how to set up your own photography website.
Portrait Photography eBooks
Our very own free Self-Portrait eBook, made in conjunction with 28 Flickr photographers. Viewable on PC, MAC, iPhone & iPad.