I’m happy to announce that Ben Long’s next book, The Practicing Photographer, is now available in both print and ebook form.

Here’s the official blurb on the book, from the back cover:

In The Practicing Photographer, Ben Long’s message is clear: if you want to become a better photographer, you have to think about practice. Musicians, dancers, actors and other artists incorporate practice into their work, yet most photographers want to talk more about camera settings and gear than they do about their practice.

The short essays contained within this slim volume are designed to help you develop your own photography practice. It lacks a single photograph between its covers, and there is no mention of a camera company, a camera type, or any other type of gear. The goal of The Practicing Photographer is to help you think about practicing your photography in a more holistic way, from field to print, and in between. The result is quite different from the standard “how to” photography book, but one that can be as important to enriching your craft.

At 124 pages, The Practicing Photographer is a small book, consisting of 53 short essays (1 to 2 pages each) that, when taken as a whole, are aimed at helping you build your own photographic practice. The book is divided into six primary sections: Practicing, Before Shooting, Shooting, Mind Games, Post-Production, Presentation. A final section includes specific ideas for practicing, as well as an essay on how to gauge the success of your practice. (See the Table of Contents for a complete list of the essays.)

The first essay in the book, “Why Practice?” can be read here on the CDP website.

Which formats will you offer, and how much will it cost?

The print version is $13.95, and should be available from our store by the 19th; the ebook version is $9.95, and is available now in ePub, PDF, and Kindle formats. We’re accepting orders for the print (US and Canada for now) and ebook (ePub/PDF) from the CDP store.

Amazon currently has both print and Kindle versions available for sale worldwide (Amazon link).


The Practicing Photographer, CDP Press. ISBN 978-1-7326369-4-1 (print); 978-1-7326369-5-8 (ebook).