Book Review – Zen in the Art of Street Photography – Free Ebook – A must read for all Photographers

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This is the very first ebook on Photography, which I enjoyed reading.

Eric Kim speaks in the book, as a friend.

Street Photography is the topic Eric writes on this. But, Instead of talking about the technical details on choosing the camera, it various settings, post processing etc, he talks about the lifestyle of a photographer.

Every photographer wants to get more fame. We constantly upload our works on social media, flickr, 500px, etc. We are looking for likes and comments from people. We want this more and more. When we get less comments, likes we go sad. We feel bad. We compare with other photographers follower count.

We always want to upgrade our gear. Bigger DSLR, More and more lenses, More new model cameras. We never satisfy with our current cameras.

Do you feel the same ever? This book is the answer for you.

I learnt the following from this book.

  1. If we can not satisfied with our current camera, no camera in the world will satisfy us.
  2. Spend money on getting books, travel, experiences, workshops instead of buying camera items.
  3. Stick with one camera, one lens always.
  4. Dont upload all the photos you shoot, Kill your products yourself. Show only your best photos to the world.
  5. Dont think on comments, likes, followers count. People will be flying always. You can not be a hero forever.
  6. Shoot for yourself. Enjoy the process of walking on roads, shooting, post processing.
  7. Have few friends, who care on you and give real critic comments.
  8. Be grateful whatever you have. All you have are, still a big dream for someone.
  9. Keep on learning. Failures are common.
  10. Practise Daily. Have your camera always. Be prepared to shoot the great moments.
  11. Be very slow on uploading photos. No need to upload all you shoot everyday. Take one week or more time to process them and upload really good photos only.
  12. Know your camera well. Read it manual. Your small Point and Shoot camera can create magics.
  13. Learn from good photographers. Follow them, read them.
  14. Practising Zen and Taoism can change your entire lifestyle.
  15. People wont remember you for the millions of photos you upload. One good photo for a month, one good photo for a year, one good photo for your lifetime is enough for people to remember you.
  16. Work on Projects instead of random photo shooting.

This is a free Ebook. Get your copy from

All of the content in this book is β€œopen source”— meaning you can edit, translate, remix, or distribute it openly and freely however you would like.

I recommend this book to all the photographers. This will change the way we see the world.

Thanks Eric for sharing all your experiences with the world for free. Your site is a nice gift for all the photographers.

About Eric:

Eric is very good at writing. Follow his website and read all other articles. He lst his job and then found his interest in street photography. Now, he makes life with the street photography, workshops etc.


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