August 16, 2010

Updated and Expanded DSLR eBook Coming Soon

Because of their low prices and dual-functionality, DSLRs are going to be around for a while -- regardless of whatever new cameras come out in the next 12 months. To that end, I'd like The DSLR Cinematography Guide to be the #1 resource for anyone interested in making movies with DSLRs. If you're reading this site you've already discovered the guide, but there are millions out there who haven't. So in an effort to improve the guide, I've been working for quite some time now on a new eBook version (PDF or ePUB), that will be updated, expanded, full-color, high-resolution, 100+ pages, and will be perfectly portable and perfectly printable. How much will I charge for this longer, offline version? You might be surprised:

Nothing! A lot of people would try to sell something of this length -- or even something that's much shorter -- for good money. But I'm more interested in building a community and sharing what I learn -- which I believe will create greater long-term value, both for myself and others -- than I am in making a buck in the short-term. Plus, the guide has attracted enough traffic by virtue of being free that I think it's been more valuable in term of intangibles than it would've been had I erected a pay wall around it. Finally, every time someone donates I get a warm and fuzzy feeling, since the content's already available for free online.

On that note, for anyone who's donated, you'll probably notice that the current PDF isn't 100% up-to-date with the online version, and it's not the nicest on the eyes either. Rest assured that you'll be the first to get ahold of the new version when it's done (I'm working with a designer on the eBook, since my print design experience amounts to laying out my high school yearbook). Which means if you're interested in getting ahold of this new PDF, now is the perfect time to donate! Thanks again to all of you who've already done so.

Your Comment


Awesome! Looking fwd.

August 16, 2010 at 11:23AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I did notice the PDF was a tad out of date. Will look for the new version in my inbox -- thanks very much, Koo.

August 16, 2010 at 12:37PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


You're just too awesome...

August 16, 2010 at 3:20PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Vistor Q

But if you COULD charge good money for the guide, why wouldn't you? You already have the free version available.

August 16, 2010 at 4:23PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

James P

I'll be incentivizing the PDF version, just not with money... like all things here at NFS, it's going to be an experiment. You'll see!

August 16, 2010 at 11:43PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Ryan Koo

Don't undersell yourself you have more than enough great info for a low cost app.
Credibility will sell it, keep expanding on it, knock out that feature and you will sell it. It's a perfect forum for updating as technology changes monthly. Great info but only complaint as laid out on site just a bit confusing.

August 17, 2010 at 2:44AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM