The Practicing Photographer: Essays on Developing Your Photographic Practice


The Practicing Photographer is all about practice: why it is so important, how to get started with it, how to use practicing to improve your skills, and how to evaluate the results of your own practice over time. Ben’s goal is to help you build your own successful practice, one that you can own, and one that produces clear results over time.

Striving to understand what makes a successful photograph work.

None of the practices discussed in The Practicing Photographer follow any rules or theories. They are not things you can learn by rote, but they are necessary if you want to move beyond the simple, process-oriented, “eight ways to improve your photos” type of instruction that you find littered around the web.



Ben Long has spent his career as a photographer, teacher, and workshop leader, and his message has always been 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 talk more about camera settings and gear than they do about their practice.

This short book consists of 50 short essays split into seven sections, covering all aspects of the photographic process, from shooting to post-production to building a portfolio of your best work. Ben also talks extensively about training your eye, not only to consistently see the world photographically, but as a route to discovering the unique characteristics of your way of seeing the world, so that you are expressing your own ideas rather than simply copying someone else’s.