How To Not Drop a Camera

Other Resources

Go learn more from other, arguably better, resources.


There are a lot of photography books out there. I recommend heading to a used book store and checking out what photography books there are, and pick a few up on the cheap. Do that often enough and you can, like, have two shelves of your bookshelf reserved for "Photography".

I recommend this approach - You get to read many perspectives, and every book has some nugget of insight or unique perspective that is soley its own.

The Print, The Camera, The Negative, Basic Techniques of Photography. - Ansel Adams

Concisely written, but pertaining exclusively to film photography. Find them at a used or independent book store on the cheap.

Photography Q&A - Zach Arias

Photography Q&A on Amazon

Questions you didn't know you wanted to ask. Aimed at aspiring professionals, but full of useful information for everyone.

Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting

Light Science and Magic On Amazon
This textbook on light will make you a better photographer, even if you never shoot with light. You can't be a great photographer without a solid understanding of how light works.

50 Portraits - Gregory Heisler

50 Portraits on Amazon

Buy the hardcover, dont buy it for ipad or kindle.

From Strobist:

Greg Heisler's 50 Portraits is the Gold Standard for going deep inside the thought process of a world-class portraitist. It's built around (as you might guess) fifty different portrait sessions.

This is very much a 360-degree book, covering planning, idea generation, thought process and, yes, lighting. The full review is here. It's not a beginner's book. In fact, it is ideally suited for the person who is beginning to feel like maybe they already know everything that's important to know about lighting and photo. Because they don't, by a long shot.


Ken Rockwell

Ken Rockwell's writings and reviews are a classic resource almost every photographer has landed on at some point or another. The website has been around and updated forever, it feels like, and is fuill of great information.


David Hobby's Strobist is the place to go to learn lighting. It's description of itself is accurate:

Strobist is the world's most popular resource for photographers who want how to learn to use their flashes like a pro.

Video Series/Channels

Filmmaker IQ

Filmmaker IQ is among the best at not giving yout shortcuts or easy solutions, but actually diving into the important information with detailed breakdowns.

Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera

This old series from DigitalRev TV is well worth a watch. Stop worrying about gear! These photographers certainly had to. Puts a button on the point that knowledge of fundamentals will allow you to work with any gear.

The Art of Photography

Nice, concise videos, with focused topics. And, unlike most of photography youtube, this channel is not just about making money from sponsored gear reviews.

Not sure there I can recommend any of those "complete photo courses" from whichever learning service these days. Some might be fine, I don't know.

I did want to recommend Zach Arias's 'OneLight 2.0' series, but the site he created '' died a while ago. Zach Arias is around and teaching workshops, and there's at least a video of a long workshop on youtube. Not the high production level of his proper videos by any means, but he's still an excellent communicator.