I love freebies. Picking one up is liking buying something nice, only without the cost. For a limited time, you can download a free copy of Android Photography by Colby Brown. It's a simple primer for learning how to take photos using a, preferably stock, Android phone or tablet.

Book1 Book2

The basics, and I do mean basics, are covered here. The book opens with a description of the best way to hold a phone for both horizontal and vertical pictures, and while this may seem obvious to some users, there's no shame in admitting if your picture-taking form could use some work.

This book is written with the Nexus line of products in mind, and it's geared towards users running Android 4.2.2 or higher. If you have a Nexus 4 and are moving over from an HTC or Samsung product, this is a good way to get familiar with the latest version of the stock Android app. Brown provides pictures and goes through all of the app's options. Once you've taken your photo, there are sections dedicated to both sharing it and editing it using third-party applications such as Snapseed.

Android Photography is a pretty quick read, so have at it. Did I mention it's free?

Android Photography from Google Play

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Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    It's times like this when I wish Google Books was available in my country.

    • Elizabeth M. Lane

      like Brenda implied I am alarmed that some one can make $5824 in a few weeks on the internet. have you seen this web link w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Please, don't be one of the idiots that are rating the book down because you need to put a credit card in to get it off the Play Store. It's not an issue with the book it's an issue with store policy.

    I understand your pain if you don't actually have a credit or debit card but rating the book down is not the place.

    • Bernard N

      Kind of sad that people dont recognize that they are using an online store. Its technically a purchase of $0.00...

      • Liam Higgins

        To be fair the Google Play Store doesn't require a card to download free apps. Still stupid though.

    • Michael

      I just downvoted all of those reviews! Can't fix stupid.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        I personally marked them as Spam. They aren't actual reviews of the book so I felt that was more accurate. I have no idea how that system works though.

  • http://ubuntu-su.blogspot.com/ Kleverson Royther

    Could anyone out there give this to me as a gift. I can't seem to find this in brazilian Google Play and the Store Link there doesn't show the button to buy...

    • Leonardo Baez

      me too

    • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

      You can give something in Google Play?
      If so, I haven't found how yet..

  • Leonardo Baez

    google books is avaible in mexico, but not this tittle.

    • Dairox

      I have the same exact problem...

      • arturodelac

        Thank god I have a USA account

        • Jaime

          I may have to do the same. Thanks for the idea.

  • SSG

    Is it region specific? Can't seem to find the book at all on the Play Store. :(

  • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

    Got it just in case, I'll probably read it later.

    • Yash

      Please send it :-P

    • Matthew Fry

      Kind of like, "I'll probably play this ridiculously discounted Steam game."

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        This is truer than I'd like to admit..

  • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

    could someone able to get it on Play Store share it with those of us who are less lucky plox?

  • Bruno Felipe da Silva

    Unfortunately does not appear a buy icon on the brazilian store ... =/

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    There's no such thing as smartphone photography...

    • PhilNelwyn
      • qu4ttro

        the intelligent world disagrees...

        • Truth

          "Photography" is defined as the act of taking and processing photographs. Your phone has a camera. It can take pictures. Move on, and get off the elitist high horse.

          • PhilNelwyn

            I think that's what he meant, like: "it's not only Nikon that disagrees."
            It's a little harsh though.

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        Eat more poop - a thousand billion flies can't be wrong.

        • PhilNelwyn

          If you were talking to a fly, that would actually be right.

          The equivalent statement, for a man, would be: "eat more food, billions of people can't be wrong," and that would be right too.

          Do you think people who practice photography with a smartphone are some kind of inferior race? Because that's what your comment sounds like...

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            They don't practice photography, they take pictures.
            These two things have a lot in common but aren't the same.
            And I'm not talking about image quality or megapixels or any other nonsense.
            I'm talking about controlling variables.
            Using a smartphone, you have no control over the shot.
            Shutter speed? Aperture?
            Noes... You're taking snapshots then.

            By the way, the same applies to people who use their 5k$ DSLR in auto mode.

            Your inferior race comment doesn't make you appear any smarter, by the way. Pretty tasteless.

          • PhilNelwyn

            That's not my comment but what yours sound like, and more than tasteless, it's disgusting.

            No matter how hard you want photography to be elitist, it's just the process of making still images by capturing light, regardless of the tool used.

            Oxford Dictionaries:

            [mass noun]
            the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.

            a picture made using a camera, in which an image is focused on to light-sensitive material and then made visible and permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally.


            Definition of PHOTOGRAPHY
            the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or an optical sensor). [...] As technological advances improve photographic equipment, materials, and techniques, the scope of photography continues to expand enormously.


            Photography (derived from the Greek photos- for "light" and -graphos for "drawing") is the art, science, and practice of creating durable images by recording light or otherelectromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor.[1] Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. The result in an electronic image sensor is an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing.

            You won't find a definition that says photography requires "controlling variables."

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            There's nothing elitist about photography but there's more to it than taking a snapshot.
            By the way, there are many great photos taken with smartphone cameras. There's nothing wrong with taking pictures with a point and shoot either.
            But when I grab a pen and a sheet of paper and quickly jot a few lines across it, I wouldn't be arrogant enough to call the result a proper drawing either.

          • PhilNelwyn

            I didn't say there's something elitist about photography, I said there's something elitist about your comments.

            Nobody here said they were great photographers.
            Still it is photography.

    • NexusKoolaid

      Well Damn! What am I to do with all the photographs I've taken with my smartphone?

      • Thatguyfromvienna

        It's like sketching a few lines on a sheet of paper and calling it a painting.

        • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

          it's like sketching a few lines on a sheet of paper and calling it a sketch.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            Wow, that was seriously funny! You should have your own show, nationwide.

          • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

            thanks! my mom says the same!

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            Always believe your mom! ;-)

        • NexusKoolaid

          Zoom lenses, exposure controls, large image sensors and such are excellent tools, but composition is the foundation a good photograph. A good photographer who knows what he's doing could make just about any camera sing - even smartphone cameras.

          • Thatguyfromvienna

            I totally agree! Composition FTW, that's what makes or breaks a photo. Heck, I take almost as many pictures with my Galaxy S3 as I do with my hyperamazing DSLR and some of them are really good!
            Yet to me it's taking photos, not photography.

          • PhilNelwyn

            [mass noun]
            the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.

            Oxford Dictionaries.

            It's not because I'm not as good as Rembrandt that I'm not painting.


    I was mildly surprised that the book featured the very latest camera interface. The "crescent" interface really is much better than the "circle" one.

  • Matthew Fry

    Yay! Freebies!

  • evertjr

    Why make a book region restricted? Play books is available in Brazil but this book is not.

  • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

    Oh, the intelligence. I feel ashamed to even be shopping in the same online store as all those idiots. Colby's probably lost a few customers by now from all the talk about scams going on in the review section.

  • Martim

    Wow, for once I actually feel lucky for living in Portugal when it comes to this stuff! We just got Play Books a few weeks ago and the book is available here! So this is what it feels like to be an American...

    On the subject of free stuff, why can't Google finally allow developers to change the price of their apps from paid to free and back whenever they want? It's been shown on more than one occasion that they can easily implement it, and consumers and developers would benefit tremendously from this possibility.

  • Олег Цой

    Hmmm... doesn't load in GBooks on my Note2.

  • Zach Blackwood

    The author, Colby Brown is one of my favorite landscape photographers. Also does a lot of great stuff with organizations like The Giving Lens. Definitely check out his work if you haven't.

    Pretty cool that it's free for who knows how long and I hope it's pretty good.

  • Omar Al Matar

    Guys, DroidVPN + A play store gift card, voila, i'll probably screenshot the whole things, OCR & upload it somewhere :/

  • zzzzz

    Wouldnt read it, even if you paid me to.

  • Yalla Tschikowski

    Play Store sometimes is just stupid. You can load free apps without a working credit card, but you can't get free books without a working payment method.

    • Morrissex

      I liked that book too, but Play Book is not available in my country. I could bypass it though, but I don't have the credit card to "buy" a free book.

  • http://cometeelmundo.net/ Cómete el Mundo

    Let's take a look :)

  • Peter

    not available in Australia