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You love photography.

We have that in common. You also recognize that there’s no end in sight when it comes to how much you can learn about being a photographer.

I’m right there with you. No matter if you’re a hobbyist who merely strives to make amazing photos for pure pleasure, an aspiring pro trying to break into the industry, or if you’ve been working at it for a few years and are struggling to move past that initial hump, you know full well that you’ve signed on for the long haul.

We’re talking the rest of your life if you stick with it. Pretty exciting thing if you think about that concept, because it means you can always look forward to learning something new every time you pick up the camera.

However, in order to stay focused and keep our passion high, we sometimes need a few tips and intellectual tidbits that can help guide us along and save us some time and trouble. Usually, we look for those tips from people who’ve been there before; people who have been through the trials and have found success.

ZEN PHOTOGRAPHER is a collection of essays, photographs and insight that have been pulled from my 26 years as a photographer, almost 20 of which I’ve spent as a working pro in a very tough industry. My goal with this book is to help you turn your passion for photography into a dedicated focus and reduce some of the bumps along your own journey.

Consider ZEN PHOTOGRAPHER a well-rounded education from someone who dove in head first many years ago, fought his way to the surface and is still swimming in an ocean of very big waves.

There’s something for everyone in this book, regardless of style, ability, gear or pro/amateur status, because it’s not about hardcore technical information that’s specifically targeted to one level or another. It’s about ideas, concepts, approach, methods and general attitudes towards photography and the craft of image making, whether for fun or profit.

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Here’s an excerpt from the foreword, which was written by a professional photo industry editor, who also happens to be an amateur enthusiast photographer. She found the book to be highly motivational and useful on both levels.

“This book conveys the true energy of Dan. It is honest, straightforward, inspiring, and—quite frankly—a motivational kick in the butt. The pages you are about to read are a culmination of years of photo journaling, self-teaching, ups and downs, and epiphanies that Dan has kept track of and is now able to share with photographers asking similar questions in an ever-changing industry. 

You’ll learn very quickly some of the life and business lessons that Dan had to learn the hard way on his career path… You’ll read this book over and over if you start to feel stuck or lazy. I hope your camera battery is charged because you’ll want to run out and shoot immediately after consuming these honest and open thoughts from Dan. Listen to him.”

This was a great little ebook filled with advice and essays from photographer Dan Bailey. It was a quick read and I enjoyed all the encouraging essays best.