Ben Long

The Practicing Photographer

Essays on developing
Your photographic practice

About the Book

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.


The Practicing Photographer is available as a 124-page printed book, and as an ebook in ePub, PDF and Kindle formats. The print (CDP store link) and ePub/PDF versions (CDP store link) will be available here from the CDP store. Amazon is selling both print and Kindle versions worldwide ( link).

Regarding shipping, we currently will ship books to US and Canadian addresses; we’re looking into affordable shipping options for the UK, Europe and other countries. Contact us if you’d like us to give you a shipping quote, but Amazon will be selling the book in most of the world.


Want to check the book out before you buy? Read the first essay in the book, Why Practice? or check out the Table of Contents for a full list of the essays in the book.

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Table of Contents

The Practicing Photographer is divided into six sections, each of which contains a group of short essays on that topic:

  1. Practicing
  2. Before Shooting
  3. Shooting
  4. Mind Games
  5. Post-Production
  6. Presentation
  7. Coda

The complete list of the essays in the book can be found on this page.

What People Are Saying

This slender book is chock-a-block full of useful guidance and advice on how to become a better photographer. ... An excellent guide and thoroughly enjoyable read.

Daja (Verified Amazon review)

It's not a coffee-table photo book that will impress every random guest to your living room, but it will make you a better photographer.

Andy (Verified Amazon review)

About the Author

BenBen Long is a San Francisco-based photographer and writer, and is the author of over a dozen books on digital photography. He is also one of LinkedIn Learning’s top-ranked video instructors, with more than 50 courses covering all aspects of photography.

Book Specs

  • ISBN 978-1-7326369-4-1 (print)
  • ISBN 978-1-7326369-5-8 (ebook)
  • Published: August 2021
  • Format: Print (6 in. by 9 in.); ebook (ePub, Kindle, PDF)
  • $13.95 (print); $9.95 (ebook)
  • Pages: 124