Focal Press Releases “Michael Freeman’s Photo School Fundamentals”

Book presents curriculum-based lessons, challenges and critical evaluations for beginner photographers

BURLINGTON, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2013Focal Press, a leading publisher of media technology books, announced the release of a new book designed to engage photography enthusiasts and beginners in a proactive learning experience. Written by esteemed travel photographer and author Michael Freeman, the book provides technical instruction with comprehensive examples, as well as an opportunity for readers to share their own work with an online photography community in real-time.

Michael Freeman's Photo School Fundamentals” combines Freeman’s photography expertise with the knowledge of fellow experts to teach important photo techniques and the history of the craft. Following the structure of a college course’s amassed knowledge and collective learning environment, the book demonstrates photography fundamentals through lessons and exercises.

“This book teaches the fundamentals of photography in a foundational course before moving on to teach specialist areas. The goal is not only to instruct and educate, but also to motivate and inspire,” said Freeman. “To that end, many of the topics will be punctuated by a challenge to get out and shoot in a specific scenario, practicing the skills that were covered along the way.”

This book features the profiles and photography of some of Freeman’s real-life students, paired with his review of their work to ensure that core concepts are grasped at every step. Readers are encouraged to take their learning beyond the book by sharing their work with peers via the title’s dedicated website, “Michael Freeman's Photo School Fundamentals” will be available for purchase by May 28 in stores and online at,, and ($39.95).

Freeman is a long-standing Smithsonian Magazine photojournalist and the author of more than 40 books. His recent, photography-inspired books from Focal Press are “ The Black & White Photography Field Guide,” “ Digital Image Editing & Special Effects,” “ The Photographer’s Story,” “ The Photographer’s Vision,” and “ The Low Light Photography Field Guide.”

For information about “Michael Freeman’s Photo School Fundamentals” and other books from Focal Press or Michael Freeman, visit

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