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If I told you I had over a dozen free photography books to give you, is that something you would be interested in? 

Well I do – sort of. These are online live previews of books.  Think about the old days when you could sit in a book store and page through books before deciding if you wanted to buy them…  Well with Amazon and other online book stores, you basically guess if you like a book.  And who has time for bookstores anymore?  When I do get to go to the bookstore, my kids want to be in the “children’s area.”

And on the off chance I make it to the photography section, the selection is usually poor at best and the prices higher than online.

So today at MCP Actions Blog, I bring you a bookstore – a small one of 18 books.  I have read and own about 1/2 of these.  The rest I just added in for you to decide. I would love after you have a chance to read through some to come tell us your feedback in the comment section.

The top row are MUST HAVES!  The Bryan Peterson books – especially Understanding Exposure.  In my opinion, every photographer needs to own this one.

These books below are called Limited Previews – basically they skip a page or two here and there – but most of the book is intact for you.  So you can scan and see if you get enough from it this way – or if you want to buy it so you can hold it and embrace it.

I hope you enjoy – and I hope you will twitter, stumbleupon, and digg this post (using buttons at the bottom) so others can utilize this resource.  Stay tuned tomorrow for Photoshop Books!

Thanks – Jodi

 

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  1. Gail on June 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I have about 1/2 of these too.

  2. Heather on June 3, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Awesome… I have some of these but have wanted a few others. Thanks for posting this.

  3. Heather Byrd on June 3, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Wow Jodi!!! Thanks so much! I have a few of them but I’ve really been wanting the Sandy Puc book.

  4. Cristina Alt on June 3, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Awesome list.. will have to check them out, I think you should include this one too: http://fasttrackphotographer.com/ I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book.. and I plan on getting a copy asap. I think if you enter your email you can get the first 18 pages…

  5. Kim on June 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I agree with the Bryan Peterson books.. must haves!!! Great list.. thanks so much !!

  6. Vickie on June 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Thanks Jodi! I teach high school digital photography and use Bryan Peterson’s Exposure book in our 1st semester section. It doesn’t get any better! Loved looking at the others and will add a few to our class books! Love your blog!!

    • admin on June 3, 2009 at 10:38 am

      Vickie – how fun! yes – his book is wonderful! well books – but especially Understanding Exposure.

  7. Rae D Wald on June 3, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Hi Jodi,Which of the portrait/posing books would you recommend for an absolute beginner?Thanks,Rae

  8. MariaV on June 3, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Thank you, Jodi. There is a Border’s around the corner from where I work and I haven’t been there in months.

  9. Tessy on June 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I just want to say I am a new reader to your blog and I love it. I am a teach myself very very amateur photographer so I found this blog very helpful. I have so much to learn and you gave me some great resources to check out.

  10. Lisa on June 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I have Understanding Exposure and gained so much from it. I would love to own the others. Thanks for always keeping us informed. Take care!

  11. Laurie on June 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I have Understanding Exposure and a few of the portraiture books. I would like to look at Learning to See Creatively so thanks for the sneak peek!

  12. Betty Jo on June 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Awesome! It was fun looking through the books I don’t have already. Glad to see John Shaw’s book there, he is my favorite landscape and nature photographer and super nice guy. 仫

  13. Allison on June 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I just spent my entire “allowance” on books – I already own a few, so I will have to dust them off and reread them.

  14. Pam on June 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this, Jodi. I am a book junkie and have most all of the books you listed, but highly agree with you about Bryan Peterson’s “Understanding Exposure”. I cannot recommend that one enough to any photographer, and have given the book as a gift to numerous people when they get a new camera.Pam

  15. Nada on June 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Which one of these would you say is the best for posing?

  16. Marinda on June 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this list, Jodi! I can’t wait to sit down and go through these.

  17. Dianne on June 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks for posting this! I’m excited to look through them. 🙂

  18. Gail on June 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for the fabulous list of books!

  19. SandraC on June 3, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Thanks for this awesome list, half of them are on my wishlist 😉

  20. Gina on June 3, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Wow! Thanks a million! I just ordered the first book and have a few of the others, but have been “eye-balling” the rest! Woohooo, great source! Thanks, Jodi!

  21. angela sackett on June 3, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    so totally cool – tfs! i have some and have earmarked for others, so a preview is fab!!

  22. Tara Pugmire on June 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I just ordered two of them today. I would like to have all of them in my library!

  23. photography on June 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    thank you for your info

  24. Mik on July 4, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Awesome, after many years out of photography the creative juices are flowing and I need to dust off my camera, want to get some photo books so this helps me choose.

  25. arlene david on August 19, 2009 at 9:12 am

    thank you for sharing this…. it gives me ideas how to take more beautiful photos……

  26. Lucas Martling on July 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Very Very cool…who knew that “mastering exposure” was available for free. Remember it being required reading in my grade 10 photo class YEARS ago!Here’s a photobook we put out to share with the community. http://www.thephotoformula.com/photo/Enjoy 🙂

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