Learn by Example in my new eBook!

Today, I’m happy to announce that my new eBook, Examples, is now available. It’s a collection of 23 of my images and the stories of how those images were made.

The idea was inspired by my firm belief that the best way to learn something is by example. As Albert Einstein put it, “Learning by example isn’t the best way to learn. It’s the only way to learn.”

I remember countless times back in school when I was struggling to understand something, but as soon as the teacher gave us an example or stepped through a problem detail by detail, I finally began to understand.

Examples help us pull concepts together and see how those concepts apply to actual problems. And, that’s my goal for this eBook. Throughout the book, you’ll find a number of links to blog posts I’ve written, or other helpful websites I’ve found that explain a concept I used to create an image.

For each image, you’ll learn about:

  • Camera settings used (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc)
  • Equipment used (camera, lens, filters, etc)
  • How the composition was chosen
  • Lighting conditions and how they affected the image
  • Special considerations for wildlife (e.g. the importance of knowing their behavior)
  • Summary of any post-processing actions
  • And, many more lessons I’ve learned from making these images!

Each image and story is presented on the same page, so with the table of contents and everything, the book is a total of 30 pages.

Preview of the eBook

Download the free preview (8-page PDF)

What other readers have said about the book

I sent the eBook to a few readers of PhotoNaturalist to get some feedback on it (and to make sure it all made sense!), so here’s what a few of them had to say:

“I consider myself to be a somewhat experienced outdoor photographer, but in reading this eBook I was surprised at how much I learned.  While I cannot speak for the master photographer, anyone below that level will benefit from its lessons and a beginner should consider it essential. The author’s writing makes you feel like you are right there with him.”
–Dick Rabun

“Steve Berardi’s new e-book is really terrific. Steve uses 23 beautiful images he has photographed and explains the background of the image and how he captured it. He not only has the camera’s technical information but how the shot was set up and executed.  His friendly and self-disclosing style makes this book very informative and a great read.  I highly recommend this book for beginners, hobbyists and professionals.”
–Frank Damon / www.frankdamonphotography.com

Buy the eBook now for just $8!

The eBook comes in the standard PDF format, which you can view with Adobe’s free Reader software. Feel free to print the eBook, but please do not redistribute copies. 🙂

If you experience any problems with payment or downloading the eBook, or would like a refund, please contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Also available as a print edition for $13

I realize that not everyone enjoys reading eBooks on their computer screens (or if you’re lucky, an iPad!), so I decided to offer this book as a magazine style print edition as well, through the MagCloud print-on-demand service.

The print edition is printed on high quality magazine style paper, and is available for $13.

Buy the Print Edition – $13.00 (link to MagCloud)

Note: Since I’m using a “print-on-demand” service, it may take up to two weeks to print and deliver the magazine. Although, most orders take less than a week.

How to become an affiliate

If you’d like to tell your friends about this eBook and earn a 50% commission for any sales you refer, then please consider signing up as an affiliate. Here’s how it works:

  1. Sign-up to be an affiliate seller through e-Junkie (the service I use to handle purchases).

  2. You’ll earn a 50% commission on every sale you refer. I pay affiliates within the first week of each month via PayPal.

  3. Feel free to use photos from the book to help with promotion (check out this set on Flickr for higher resolution versions).
  4. Consider writing a review about the eBook on your blog or share your thoughts on Facebook. But, please do not spam anyone about the book. Nobody likes spam!
  5. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Note: this affiliate program only applies to the eBook version–it is not available for the print edition.

steveb2About the Author: Steve Berardi is a naturalist, photographer, computer scientist, and founder of PhotoNaturalist. You can usually find him hiking in the beautiful mountains and deserts of Southern California. His photographs have been used by Nature Photographer Magazine, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Sierra Club. He’s also written numerous articles for the Digital Photography School and PhotoYou Magazine.


  1. I can’t wait to read/see the book!

  2. Excellent book! Love the story of each photo.

  3. Hi Steve,
    I’m looking forward to perusing my ebook (I’m ordering after I finish my comment). 😉
    The preview is gorgeous! I’m your neighbor here in California and have always loved the flora and fauna of this beautiful state.

    Cheers to you for putting this together, I’m impressed by your professionalism and candor.
    Thumbs up!

  4. Cathy / Nikhil – thanks!

    Lori – Hope you enjoy the eBook, and thanks for your nice words on the preview! 🙂 We’re lucky to live in such a beautiful state, aren’t we? 😉

  5. Congratulations Steve! The preview of the book looks amazing!

  6. As a growing photographer, I always appreciate when pro’s share their thought process as to how they achieve a specific shot. This assists not only to inspire newbies like myself, but encourages entry level photographers to go out there and get an amazing shot with the lessons learned. And for that, I think this is a great eBook! Thank you 🙂

  7. Love the book! Can not beat the price. The concept is great sharing experiences is a great way to learn.


  8. PS. Love the links in the book as well. Great resources.

  9. @Ani – thanks for your nice comment!

    @Lyn – thanks so much for your kind words! I always feel I learn/remember more when someone tells me a story of how they solved a problem [or made an image, heh], so I’m glad to hear this style of learning helps other people too 🙂

    @Chris – Thanks! I feel like it’s starting to get hard to find all the blog posts here on PN, so I thought those links would help new readers discover old posts… hopefully you found some new ones that way! 🙂

  10. Hi Steve,

    Hope this finds you doing well.

    I’ve been a professional for over 15 years, photojournalism, and I can tell you one thing: I love reading your site.

    The articles are informative, straightforward, easy to understand, and very helpful.

    Thanks Steve.

  11. Hi Steve.
    Thanks very much for the generosity you extend throughout this site. I’m new to the digital photo world and your tips are greatly appreciated … within a few minutes of discovering your site I purchased “Examples” and I am delighted with each example and will find myself thinking of your words as I try to track down some Hépatique trilobée (not sure about the spelling) tomorrow morning.
    BTW I started to leave a comment earlier and it ‘went away’ (pilot error I’m sure) so my apologies if another similar comment appears.

  12. Carlos Hurtado says:

    Interesting ebook and very useful for nature photography.
    Beautiful pictures also.
    BTW, if you take a trip to Costa Rica, do not forget to bring your camera and lenses. It’s a natural paradise for a nature photographer like you.

  13. Glenn Travis says:

    I am looking forward to read your book. I noticed that this site is selling it for $8 but the example states it is $7. Either would be a great price but though that it should be consistent and someone might want to know the discrepancy.

  14. Glenn – Thanks a lot for pointing that out. I just recently changed the price of the book, and forgot to update it in the preview. Thanks again!


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