FREE ebook!!!!!

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This book is a sampler of my other books. It contains excerpts from my first 12 books. This will give you a chance to evaluate before you buy.

It is available for FREE on Smashwords. If you have never been to Smashwords, it is very easy to download this book in a number of different formats. Master Digital Photography in Record Time at

Unfortunately, Amazon Kindle Direct will not allow me to list it for anything less than 99 cents. I am hoping to find a way around this, but I have included a number of Tips and Tricks in the book and some special offers so that it should still be worth the 99 cents if you prefer to download it from Amazon.
Master Digital Photography in Record Time at

A third option is to send me an email with FREE Book PDF in the subject line and I will send you a copy as a pdf.


In addition to my own Photography Books, I have included my favorite Photography Books by other authors, Photography Accessories, and Camera Equipment plus several other categories of products. Amazon has done a terrible job with the menu, so please take note of the navigation menu titled "Browse by Category" on the left of the page. Also, scroll down a page to see if there are additional pages in the category. The links will be directly below the product page.

Select categories by clicking on the links at the left of the page.

A quick browse of the store might save you some research or tell you about a product that might be valuable. Some of the items in the store might be out of stock or no longer sold by Amazon. They recommend purging the store of items that they no longer sell, but I think that it is more important that you know about the products. So if you can't get it through Amazon do a Google search and get it somewhere else.

I have also added a link for Amazon Prime. The hype is about watching movies, but I never use it for that. My main reason for having Amazon Prime is the FREE two-day shipping on most items. Often the item gets to our house in less than 24 hours. It is truely amazing. We save a small fortune on shipping every year. The second thing I use it for is to borrow eBooks from the Kindle Library for free. Overall, Amazon Prime has far exceeded my expectations.

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Win a metal or canvas Fine-Art print valued at $250.

Besides writing books about photography, I am a Fine-Art Photographer. Some of my work is hanging in several locations in Sedona, Arizona. The Pop-Up Sedona Gallery in Hillside Marketplace is my home base.

When I display my art in a gallery, I can only display 5 to 10 images at any given time. With several hundred images in my portfolio, this makes it very difficult to discover the images that have the greatest appeal. If you would be willing to help me discover these images, I will enter your name in a drawing for a Fine-Art Print.

Here is how it works:

1. Click on each link under “Galleries” in the menu at the left of this page.

2. As you look at the images in each section, jot down the name and number of your favorite images.

3. Send me an email with your name and preferred email address to with 250 Drawing in the subject line and your 3 picks in the body of the email.

4. When I get 250 responses, I will draw a name from a hat and that person will get a print of their favorite image.

If you are the winner, I will contact you by email and discuss the details. You can choose a metal or canvas print. The exact size will depend upon the image chosen but the print will be valued at $250 or more.

I have never done this before and have no idea how long it will take to get 250 responses. I will continue to pick a name for each additional 250 entries and offer the same prize, so you will still have a chance to win even if you weren’t picked the first time.

There will be a maximum of 10 drawings a month.


Some people find that a printed version of one of my ebooks can be a handy reference.

If you would like a chance to win a printed copy of one of my books, please let me know by sending an email to with Printed Book Offer in the subject line and your name and preferred email address in the body of the email.

I will pick a name from a hat for every 200 entries. If you are the winner, I will contact you by email and send the book of your choice. Currently, there are only 4 photography books in print, but I am planning to publish the others in printed form very soon.

There will be a maximum of 10 drawings a month.

I respect your privacy and will never share or sell your contact information with anyone. I will only use this email list to let you know when I have published a new book and when one of my books is offered for FREE.

What if you only got one really good image a month? How would you feel? Maybe great!

When Ansel Adams died, he left nearly 40,000 negatives that had never been printed.

Not only was he a great photographer, but more importantly, he was the master of the dark room and insisted on personally printing every image that bore his name. He spent most of his professional life printing the same images over and and over again. His most famous image Moon over Hernandez, New Mexico was not only reprinted but actually changed and evolved over a thirty year period. Adams was committed to improving it every time it was printed. Landscape photographer Alain Beloit says in his book Mastering Landscape Photography that a single image was so successful that he was able to pay cash for his first house based on sales of that one image alone. The irony is that he did not consider it his best image. He marketed two other images from that shoot before finally trying the successful one because it was the only one left of a specific event of exceptional lighting in the Grand Canyon.

I have also noticed that most successful photographers only exhibit a few of their images on a regular basis. They have discovered what sells and limit themselves to those images. If you were to capture one truly exceptional image a month, in a year or two you would be in a position to compete with the best and most successful.

So what if you planned one great image every month and devoted all your energy to doing the absolute best you could with that image. For example, if the image is a sunset at a particular location. You could do your first shoot and then study it for composition and lighting. Then you could return in a day or two and reshoot from a slightly different angle or a little earlier or later. Repeat the process and think about what else you could do to improve your image. Then consider the weather. Try the same shot on an evening with a lot of cloud coverage or totally clear skies. What about a moonrise instead or even a sunrise. With enough dedication you will put yourself in a position to capture a truly exceptional image when the lighting is just perfect. You will know where to set up your tripod, what lens to use, how to set the exposure, etc.

Over time you will develop an impressive body of work.

Website Links

Book Marketing & Selling Tips for Authors
NAPP — National Association of Photoshop Professionals
Darlene Jansen Photography
Pop-Up Sedona Gallery
MarketPlace Cafe Art Exhibit


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