The Essentials of Street Photography: eBook

Learn the Art of Street Photography

Do you want to improve your street photography or learn what it’s all about?

Explore the streets with The Essentials of Street Photography. This 169-page guide is not only about teaching you how to technically approach street photography, how to edit your work, how to overcome your fears, or how to get sharp, close-up candid shots in an unintrusive manner, although it will teach you these things.

It is about teaching you how to conceptually approach your work so that it has something to say.

Also included is Street Photography Conversations. Learn from eight talented street photography veterans in this 130-page book of interviews.

Learn first-hand the techniques of Matt Weber, who prowled the gritty, pre-Giuliani streets of New York in a taxi and is the focus of the documentary, More Than The Rainbow. Hear from Blake Andrews, who does beautiful work in the quiet city of Eugene, Oregon. Learn how Richard Bram, Alison McCauley, Charalampos Kydonakis, Jay Maisel, Mike Peters, and Dave Beckerman all approach the streets in their own, diverse ways.

New York Street Photography Tours

Gain insight into the tips and techniques to be able to consistently take meaningful, beautiful, and technically stunning street photographs. No matter your skill level, there will be something important for you to learn in this book.These books are not only for beginners. They have helped thousands of photographers improve their approach on the streets.

No matter your camera, from a mirrorless to a camera phone, you will be covered.

Inside Version 2 (2020 release):

  • Rewritten and edited.
  • 40 more pages.
  • New Advanced Topics section with 8 additional chapters.
  • Over 50% new photographs.
  • Interviews with Alison Mcauley and Charalampos Kydonakis

The Essentials of Street Photography, E-Book

“I used to think that street photography was unteachable. Obviously, I was wrong, and that’s a credit to you for thinking of and answering every problem one could possibly encounter out there on the mean streets of any city…”

Matt Weber, Photographer.


The Essentials of Street Photography, E-Book


Inside These Two Downloadable E-Books You Will Learn About:

  • How to overcome your fear of photographing strangers.
  • How to capture street photos with meaning.
  • All the tips for capturing close-up candid images.
  • Camera settings and focusing techniques.
  • Composition and lighting.
  • Street portraiture.
  • Capturing gesture, expression, and emotion and telling stories with your images.
  • How to foster themes within your work and create projects.
  • How to edit and organize your work and pick your best shots.
  • Post-processing and printing techniques.
  • Advanced topics.
  • Street photography learning exercises.
  • Interviews with Matt Weber, Blake Andrews, Mike Peters, Richard Bram, Jay Maisel, and Dave Beckerman.
  • And so much more!


60-Day, No-Questions-Asked Money-Back Guarantee

100% Money Back Guarantee

If you are not satisfied, if you have not learned anything that you did not already know, or if you did not receive sufficient inspiration from this book, then I will send you a full refund.

I am confident that these books will help take you to a new level in how you approach your street photography conceptually, technically, and in your editing abilities.


James Maher BioAbout James: James has lived in New York for his entire life (besides a 5 year stint in Madison, Wisconsin, but he doesn’t want to talk about that.) Like many Manhattanites, he is a terrible driver and cook, but he’s an excellent navigator. He has been practicing the art of street photography since he first picked up a camera, has worked as a portrait and fine art photographer in New York since 2005, has had a regular feature for the NY Daily News reporting on different neighborhoods of the City through street portraits and interviews with locals, is a certified New York tour and workshop guide (so get ready for some history!), and has sold and licensed his photography of New York to collectors and companies from around the world.

James is the author of The Essentials of Street Photography and The New York Photographer’s Travel Guide.

Read James’ article on exploring and photographing New York, featured in Digital Photographer Magazine.


“I found out about this book through TWiP (photography podcast) and immediately wanted to check it out. I was unsure about the purchase, but it’s been worth every penny. I’m not a street photographer in particular as I live in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I find it hard to really focus on this kind of photography in a place like this where not too many things happen. This book has given a whole new perspective on street photography, with a whole interview with a street photographer based out of a small town in Oregon. If you are like me, and live in a moderately to sparsely populated area, this book is for you: it will encourage you to pursue street photography in a different but no less exciting way.

The Essentials of Street Photography will also teach you about technique, equipment, etc. It will not go out recommending expensive gear or anything, so that’s also a big plus for those in a budget. And last, but not least; I had a technical concern about the book before purchasing so I decided to contact the photographer. To my surprise, he responded very promptly and has been beyond helpful. His availability and involvement are outstanding. Very thankful for that. Great and easy read. Will not disappoint.”

– I. Arenzana-romero


“Ordered and downloaded Essentials of Street Photography and just want to tell you it’s wonderful! Love the conversations with the photographers and hearing about their approaches and the tips are really valuable! There are not a lot of books out there on this subject, at least presented in this way. A worthwhile purchase! Thanks!”

Barbara Oliver


“The first and best available book on the market for street photographers of all levels explaining in layman’s terms the ways of improving your street photography, and very well priced!”

Des Byrne


“Dear James, I just finished reading ‘The Essentials of Street Photography’ and I found it amazing. It was almost as intriguing as a novel for me. I love street photography and I found your ebook to be a really comprehensive guide.”

– Alberto Cabas Vidani, FotoComeFare


“Full disclosure, I’ve been visiting James Maher’s daily blog for about 3 years. I visit James’ site to get a daily pic of life on the streets of New York. Visiting has became a part of my morning routine. I bought the books because it was available electronically, I live in rural Australia and appreciated not having to wait for delivery. “Essentials of Street Photography” is 181 pages, so I thought it was substantial enough to buy and wouldn’t be a regurgitation of articles I’d read previously on his website. Over the years, reading snippets of James views on photography I believed if he had put something together to sell, I was convinced it would be a quality product. The second book that’s included, “Interviews”, I viewed as a bonus. I’ve been reading The Essentials of Street Photography on and off for about 5 days. I started reading the chapters in order, then began jumping to chapters that interested me at the time. I’m not sure if I’ve read the entire book or not now! I’ve found the book to be inspirational and educational. At times I’ve read things that I’d known, but either forgotten or hadn’t put into use. And there’s been a surprising amount of advice I hadn’t come across before – I really feel like I’ve learned something that I can put into practice straight away. I can see me going back to the book time and time again, taking something different out of it each time – whether it be seeking motivation, new ideas or looking up a specific issue and ideas on how to resolve it. James has a passion for photography. He doesn’t work in a vacuum, he shares his own learnings and credits others, which can give the reader further leads for additional reading. I have enjoyed reading about the concepts of street photography. I’ve learned more than I thought from the technical issues sections. And the closing segment of the book about editing, which goes as far as printing and writing about your work, is a great way to finish and pushes into areas I hadn’t considered. Essentials of Street Photography is not just about improving at photography, it discusses that last step many people don’t take like how to display or what to do with all these images, whether its privately in your own home with a photo album or canvas print up on your wall, or more publicly like a web or blog. James’ work finishes by giving the reader a big push forward. There are practical exercises that I was keen to take on after reading the book and direction to further readings on the internet. So even after finishing, I felt like there was a lot more information for me to follow up on and actions I could take. I won’t be burying the ebook away on my hard drive; I can see I’ll be constantly referring back to it. I’m glad I made the purchase and think I got value for money.”

– Kristen Clark


“Just finished both ebooks James, excellent works! Enjoyed very much and worth the price many times over. Both are wonderful reads and great references.”

Peter Mclean


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