Are digital photography books really the best way to improve your photography skills? When researching the topic “how to make money as a photographer” a method that came up a few times was to write photography books, which surprised me somewhat. Sure, in the days before the internet and digital media I would totally agree that budding photographers would read, and buy, photography books to learn their craft however in this day and age I am not so sure.
Okay, there are those people out there who claim to “prefer reading a physical book than looking at text on a monitor” however as these people sadly depart the next generation seem to have different values and opinions and actually embrace the digital age. It may be a sad fact but the fact is times are changing, we are evolving and physical books are starting to become a thing of the past. I have to admit that I like reading books however I wouldn’t dismiss some photography tutorial just because it was in electronic format, and I fully embrace the digital age.
Personally, I can’t remember the last book I bought and I can only guess it is a fair few years ago now. In my opinion, if you want to learn about photography and develop your digital photography skills there is no point in buying a book. There is a wealth of information available online and all over the internet, and whilst you do have to trawl through a bit of rubbish to get to the good stuff, there are some exceptional tutorials out there.
As well as the electronic books there are hundreds and hundreds of video tutorials on various video sites, such as Youtube and the like. I am a great believer a picture tells a thousand words and a short video clip tells the entire story in a few short sections. Yep, it is far easier to watch a demonstration of how to do something than read about how to do it, and the internet makes this possible and it is all free.
Whatever genre of photography you want to learn about you will find something on Youtube and it is a great resource that you should use.
For those of you who do not wish to embrace the digital age, and I totally get that – it is each to their own after all, I would still never recommend buying a photography book. The basics of photography have been around for years and hundreds of people have written about the same subjects and topics that the market is so saturated you can access the books for free. Don’t bother going and spending your hard earned cash on digital photography books, there really is no point when you can join your local library and borrow the books for free.
So, can you make money as a photographer writing books? I don’t think this is possible unless you have a whole new angle on a particular genre and have something innovative and exciting. Even if you do have a great new idea what’s the point in putting it in print? I mean, the internet will get your information out there a lot faster and to a larger audience than you can with printing a physical book, and you won’t have to spend a lot of money in the process.
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