Photography by the Letter

A sequel that's better than the original.

The eBook-only second edition of Photography by the Letter has been updated with more than 50 additional terms, plus more photographs, diagrams, exercises, tips, and interviews with photographers — over 300 pages of photography education and inspiration.

The Second Edition

From Aperture to Zebra Stripes.

With a visual style inspired by vintage camera manuals, Photography by the Letter is more than 300 pages of terms, photos, diagrams, tips, exercises and interviews — perfect for the photographic beginner or the seasoned pro.

“It is really quite beautifully designed and very well printed. I honestly cannot think of a self-published book that I have seen better production values on. Nicely done!”– Ted Waitt, Publisher, Rocky Nook


Practice is the best instructor.

Sometimes, it’s better to be doing than just thinking about doing. Photography by the Letter contains 30 exercises to put the theory you're learning into practice and help you make better pictures.


Take a peek behind the curtain.

In addition to the terms, the tips, and the exercises, Photography by the Letter also includes five-question interviews with 10 terrific photographers, each at the top of their respective genre.


There’s always a bigger picture.

Because we believe in the value and importance of the arts, we’re donating 50% of the proceeds to non-profits that focus on the arts, including arts education. While the suggested retail price is $20, we invite you to pay what you can beyond that and be a part of that effort. Thank you.


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one more thing

They say it's all about who you know.

Also new to the second edition is a section called ICONS, a listing of 72 photographers whose work has elevated both the art and craft of photography. Photographers are listed by category, such as Early Masters, Photojournalism, and Street and the list includes names like André Kertész, Eve Arnold, Garry Winogrand, and dozens of others.

“Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.”-Garry Winogrand

About the author

Jeffery Saddoris

Photography has been a part of my life for more than 40 years—since my grandfather first handed me his Yashica Mat 124G (similar to the one on the cover of the ICONS section of the book) loaded with Tri-X. This book is a love letter to a craft that has provided me with decades of pleasure. I hope that it inspires you on your own photographic journey. If you’d like to learn more about me or what I do, click the link below.

© Jeffery Saddoris All Rights Reserved

Just the FAQs.

Is there a print version of the second edition?
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