July 7th, 2012, 03:21 PM
Free Photography eBooks
I've just begun reading some I've collected over the past year, some were referenced first somewhere in this forum but I havent a clue where that thread is, so I thought I would start one thats specifically for eBooks as opposed to hard copy. I'm reading them on my iPad3 with Goodreader. The following are all free.
Thomas Leuthard on Street Photography. His ebooks are free, easy reading and there's a bunch of really decent photographs as well. I've only just downloaded Street Faces a few moments ago.
1) Going Candid
2) Collecting Souls
3) Street Faces
Chris Weeks' Street Photography for the Purist. Not sure what to make of this guy, really crappy attitude: if you dont use Leica or a rangefinder at least, and a film one for preference, you can't call yourself a street photographer... and he's really rude about it. But he's a well respected photographer, it seems.
And there are many many freebies listed here. Most seem to be of the how-to type, and Weeks is also referenced there, as well as a truckload of other photography related stuff, and links to more free ebook sites.
July 7th, 2012, 03:56 PM
I don't eRead, but if I did, I'd skip that Weeks fellow for sure. There's plenty enough negative attitude in daily life without adding more from some snarky "artiste".
July 7th, 2012, 04:17 PM
Just found another (I'm on a mission)
The Shy Photographer's Guide to Confidence (sounds like something I need)
July 7th, 2012, 04:20 PM
I see one of them is called "the camera buying guide" which I imagine Armando could do with reading
My photostream at Flickr.com is here
"We can not shake the illusion of the truthfulness of photography" - William Gedney
July 7th, 2012, 04:28 PM
Not sure he needs to read it..... it's my understanding that he's quite accomplished at camera buying ;)
Originally Posted by pdh
July 7th, 2012, 04:34 PM
Now to find one by Robert Frank, preferably called "The Americans" and anything by Andre Kertesz
"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd" ~ Voltaire
July 7th, 2012, 04:52 PM
Rajiv, mate these installments, like most quality photobooks, don't translate well to the electronic medium. Honestly do yourself a favour and buy them in the form the photog intended - tangible and oh-so-real and ever-present paper. No need for calibration of monitors and experience the wonderful high only achieved by inhaling deep on the smell of a book.
Originally Posted by Boid
By the way, having read both of Thomas Leuthard's first two street-photography how-tos (Collecting Souls and Going Candid) I must say that I, frankly, abhor his approach to photography. I sincerely believe that he should be gifted with an injury (physical, emotional, spiritual - who cares as long as it hurts) administered by his subjects....and on top of that his photos are average at best on every level. But your mileage might vary.
Last edited by stillshunter; July 7th, 2012 at 05:30 PM.
July 7th, 2012, 06:51 PM
MUAHHAHAHAH. I think he deserves certification for his accomplishments :)
Originally Posted by Luke
July 7th, 2012, 06:55 PM
MARK, geez...! For those of us who are not street photographers, and who find it intimidating, his stuff is just fine. As are his photographs. Given that he himself admits that he's only been doing it for a couple of years, and actually doesn't hold himself up as an expert, but rather, "heres what I do, it might help you too, or not" rather than Weeks' "this is what you must do because I said so and I *AM* an expert and you are just a fool if you dont pay attention"... I like Leuthard. So there (but then, my photographs are also average, at best).
Originally Posted by stillshunter
July 7th, 2012, 07:48 PM
He could have very well wrote the article himself
Originally Posted by Luke
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