Now Available!  The Friedman Archives Guide to Sony’s Alpha A9 by Gary L. Friedman!

Includes updates covering new features introduced in Firmware v5.0 and v6.0!

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Gary’s Ebooks on the Sony cameras are renown for being the most thorough, detailed, and enjoyable to read. This latest edition goes into even more detail of the advanced autofocus features everyone is asking about.

In this 563-page (!) full-color book you’ll learn: 

  • The new exposure modes, including the ability to have the spot metering following your focus point, and how “Highlight” might eliminate the need for spot metering altogether.
  • All the different focusing modes explained in an intuitive way
  • 4K shooting and choosing a bit rate for video
  • Video features explained in a way that a non-videographer can understand
  • My personal camera configuration
  • NFC, Wi-Fi, FTP, and step-by-step instructions on using them
  • A set of “Cliffs Notes” cards you can print showing the recipes for common shooting situations, and Gary’s Personal Camera Settings

Get the most out of your investment, cut through the clutter and optimize your camera to match the way YOU work best!

A9 back just the photos

This e-Book is available in two different formats:

1)  As a bundle of 3 electronic formats: A full-color .pdf file (with the nicest-looking layout 🙂 ), a .mobi file for your kindle, and an .epub file for your Nook or other e-reader.  (Note: Currently only the .pdf is available, but if you buy now you will automatically receive a free download link once the other formats become available.)  ONE PRICE GETS YOU ALL THREE DRM-FREE FILES!  563 pages of information, knowledge, and wisdom in multiple formats for ONLY USD $31.45!!!   (Click here to order)

2)  For those of you who prefer traditional printed books, this work is also available as a printed and bound book that will be mailed right to your door.  It’s available in both color and Black-and-White from print-on-demand publisher  The color version is a little more expensive than your typical book, but as some readers have reported, significantly cheaper than printing the .pdf file on your inkjet printer.

What others are saying about this and Gary’s previous e-books:

Wow! I stole a few moments this morning to delve a bit into your book. I chose your section on focus modes. Once again you’ve provided incredible detail and surprises such as the fact that [fact deleted because we don’t want to give away the ending – Ed.] – David Scott

“I want to say a huge thank-you to you for writing one of the most entertaining and educational manuals/guides I have ever read. Having seen and enjoyed a number of your videos on Youtube I was pleased to find that the book more than lived up to my expectations and captured both your humour and intelligent sense of application I had hoped for, explaining not just the tool and its features but the application of those features, a factor so often overlooked by others and so fundamental to getting the best from such a guide.” – Simon Thornton

“I just downloaded the subject book with some skepticism but, on an initial look, it is really impressive and well beyond anything I have seen in stores. It even includes a link to download “Quick Reference Cards” that you can carry with you in your bag.” – bobabend from this thread on dpreview

“I must say I find your books the best camera camera guides by far. I was just trying to read the [competitor’s] book and had to give up half way though the 3rd chapter having got sick of being talked down to. Your’s always seem to tell me stuff I didn’t know, need to know, and never managed to find out from any other source.” – Julia Lacey

“I downloaded your .pdf e-book this afternoon and completely missed a board meeting! It’s not a quick read by any means, but WOW is it interesting! Many thanks for your newest Sony “bible.” – Perry MaGill

“I have not been able to find any other book where the author has conveyed such comprehensive information so easily to the reader. Well done, Gary!” – Chew Ly

“This is the best aftermarket camera manual I’ve read. The language is surprisingly lithe, and 100 pages in, I find there is just the right amount of explanation, not the usual attempt to explain the entire photographic process in reference to why different controls are included. – Osceola Refetoff

“I’ve been taking pictures for about 50 years and thus know quite a bit about photography, and therefore any book that I pick up will contain many things I already know. However, with a camera as complex as this there is always something new to learn, and Gary’s books do a superb job on that sort of thing.” – John Treibe

“Your ebook Sony A7rII is the ONLY one of many photography books I have read that I have perused from cover to cover and continue to return to frequently. Using your suggested camera settings has has released me from frequent trialling of different settings without full understanding of the consequences.” – Trevor Cooper-Tydeman

“The information given in your book and your site is in remarkable detail but the way you present it is so ‘user friendly’ that it feels as though you’re sitting in a room with a friend trying to help you learn how to use your camera.” – Sprague Theobald

“Read the book last night this is the BEST book for the A7RM2 by far. All your questions answered about configuration.” – Wenzej from this thread on dpreview

“Amazing work! Sony should really just hire you to be their manual writer-in-residence as their instructions (which I have side by side) are completely inadequate. It’s clear you have an engineering background but are able to explain complex math very clearly. I also appreciate your contextual references to film days (like in your metering section) which explain why I’ve always been baffled by how unnecessary some features are. And your explanation of the software vs. hardware exposure compensation is priceless” – Toh Ne Win .

“Congratulations!!, you did an amazing job. I’ve never seen a document that explains the operation of any device so detailed, so much complete and entertaining. It is like reading a good novel, you can not stop until you finish it. Really worth every cent.” – Martin Zamora

“I have read manuals for over 40 years and have seen the worse and the best, yours ranks a little higher than the best I’ve read – really.” – Franklin MIller

“Despite being an advanced user I find your books very enlightening and complete sources of reference. […] You may have seen [a competitor’s] book on the A series cameras. I bought this because I like his website but it is pretty basic and hardly qualifies as an “alternative manual”. – Martin Paling

“Love love love this book!! I also purchased the one by [a competitor] and yours far surpasses it! Thank you!” – Alice Gonyar

“Whoa! Again I’m mesmerized by the sheer amount of thoughtful detail you provide in your camera ebooks, most recently the one that addresses the A7/A7r. Well done.” – David Scott

“While I was waiting for you book to come out I tried “Sony A7 / A7R: From [X] to [Y]” It was the tired old formula of basic photography advice sold on the back of a little information on a new model of camera. Yours was exactly the kind of detailed explainations I was looking for.” – Chris Brown

“Let me say that my investment in your Sony A7 and A7 II books was the best thing I did this year. Your clear, concise, matter-of-fact explanations (with accompanying pictures) is something I would insist every A7 purchaser buy if I was selling the camera. It would also save me from a lot of follow-up questions :-).” – Bob Sharpe

“The contrast is night and day between the authoritative and rich information ABOUT THE CAMERAS in the Friedman book and the highly general introductory photography information in the Smith book. If you want to better understand the A7 and A7R cameras, buy the Friedman book—no question.” – Tex Andrews from this thread on

“I just wanted to let you know that I bought your book on the A7 last night and in less than 30 minutes reading you solved several on my functional “stumbling blocks” in using my A7r. […] Sony should include your book with every A7 they sell, they would have fewer customer service requests and a much happier customer base!” – Jim Modrall

“It’s a fantastic book and I highly recommend it to anyone who really wants to discover the ins and outs of working with these great Sony cameras. I also downloaded Brian Smith’s book. It’s not bad either. However, the Friedman book is more suitable for my uses and answers more of my questions about the Sonys.” Drmarcus from dpreview

“I appreciate your elegance and complete coverage. Your ebooks leave no questions behind. You write as an adult talking to another adult and don’t dumb down the presentation. I hope you never retire from this.” – Duane Moore (Also see his review on the Amazon Kindle store)

“Hands down, your book is the best photography book I’ve ever read. I finally understand concepts that I’ve wanted to know about for years. Seeing the link to the tip cards was icing on the cake!” – Richard Abrams

“I wish to express my compliments for this comprehensive great work. It’s not just another version of the manual as some other authors offer. It will help me for a better understanding of some functions of this very versatile camera (and some principles of Digital Photography as well). It’s great too, that you trust your customers und offer the book without restrictions like Kindle uses. This allows to print out some helpful pages easily.” – Paul Bänziger

“I have been buying camera guides since the early 1970s and Gary Friedman is in my opinion easily the best author in this genre.” – newellj from this thread on dpreview

“I was afraid of one of those “puffy” camera books that litter the shelves of bookstores, but yours is fantastic! It’s written intelligently and clearly and you explain things very well!” – George Entenman

“Terrific! Your writing style is friendly, clever, often humorous and highly informative. Very well done.” – Robert Eves

“Thanks for your prompt answer. You are such a trustworthy person and it’s a pleasure to buy and read your publications. What I like most about you is the way you describe complex functions with such a simple and comprehensible language. This is a divine gift which makes you so distinctive among other writers who have serious problems of communication! Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.” – Fariborz

“Like the camera, I give the book a “Gold” award. ; )” – a1z26 from dpreview

“I purchased [a competitor’s] book. It’s OK… but the Gary Friedman book is awesome…not only does it go into a more personal level with the adjustments but he gives you advice with a tiny bit of humor throughout the book so it keeps it real and not boring.” – tdwin2000 from dpreview

“I have both books, For my taste, Friedman wins hands down. I find his book to be much more useful and direct. He describes the functionality and also what, in his opinion, the best choices are (and why) for given shooting conditions.” – earlymorninglight from this thread on dpreview

“Purchasing your book should be cumpulsory with every Sony that is bought. Honestly, Gary, you are a godsend for all of us!” – Dee Lange

“Yours is the first book I’ve run into on any digital camera that actually discusses the interaction of camera settings with raw files, which is a terrible omission in every other book I’ve ever read, and I go back a fair bit in digital photography.” – John Newell

“[Your book] is magnificent on so many levels. Not only is it giving me exactly what I need, but it has dramatically expanded my understanding of the “art” of photography. Thank you so much for writing this manual. Yours is not only the MUST read.” – Jim Godlove

“Gary’s book is brilliant, I have found setting I would have never have known existed; today out with my camera I was doing things that for years have perplexed me. Thanks Gary.” terrytoweling from this thread on dpreview

“Been glued to this book since morning. Unlike most other guides that are more user manuals this one is pure insight to using the camera in photographic situations.” Rui from (opens new window).)

“So far, this guide looks OUTSTANDING. I cannot believe you let this go for the price you do. It’s incredible!” – Ferdinand Lucero Jr.

“I’m amazed at how much value this book offers. Few hundred pages in and its kind of clear that my old fashion way of setting values is not doing the camera justice, some of the P&S type features really do have value and some of the tips are just brilliant.” – Hugo600si from

“I have to say that your book was the best manual i can remember reading on any device. I think it is admirable how eager you are to share your knowledge and help people develop their own process for acquiring knowledge. It was a pleasant surprise to learn so much about photography in general from what i was expecting was a camera manual.” – Steve Newman

“I bought your book about three weeks ago and can only wish that more books were written with the true love you have for the subject matter that is therewith explained.” – Mauro Jimenez

“Have started reading your book and I am very impressed! I really enjoy your writing style which is both friendly and interesting whilst simultaneously providing a great deal of technical information. Well done! ” – James Cox

“I want to say Thank You Very Much, not only for your personal assistance, but also for writing such a cohesive and clear book spoken in an easy to understand and implement manner. You pointers and insight with in depth practical knowledge of the camera I’m using to start my career as a photographer / photo journalist has allowed me to vastly shorten my learning curve.” – Lee Shatto

“I learned more by reading the first four chapters of your book than I did from the whole of the other two books. Not only that, but you explain exactly which controls to use to achieve the desired result — How simple is that!?!:” – Simon Daw

“I want to tell you that, like countless others, I am a big fan of your ebooks because of their plain language and conversational approach to highly technical topics.” – David Drake

“Your book is a Godsend – I would’ve been completely lost with the manual.” – Dave Gerard

“I couldn’t resist contacting you to express how THOROUGHLY delightful / informative I’m finding your book. Outstanding! doesn’t begin to cover it, especially given the gentle humor scattered throughout to take the edge off of the technicalities. I adore it when an author pays attention to, and accommodates, the psychology of the reader.” – Pam Gaines

“GREAT JOB! Very, very, informative and written in a way anyone can understand. This is the first book I have seen that explains things so clearly and easily. This will help bring back the joy of taking pictures that I lacked when I was struggling with the settings on my camera.” – Cesar Borges

“Your pictures are an inspiration for me to be as good as you. The Sony book you wrote is excellent and I’ll make sure other Alpha owners know it too!” – Michael Rutkowski

“I’ve bought your book and I just HAVE to send you a personal email to tell you how great that book is. Not only does it cover virtually everything about the camera including everything the original manual left out, it covers interesting and meaningful help about composition, lightning and using flashes. And for the price it is offered at, it’s nothing short of fantastic. It was and will continue to be a great resource to me, many many thanks!” -Kristian Tigersjäl, Sweden

“However the main reason to mail you is to thank you for your True Jewels. For me your attitude as well as the style of your narration is the greatest value I find in your guides. Thank you also for the excellent documentary about my country – Latvia. Your travel diaries show you not only as a masterful photographer, but also as highly concerned, responsive person.” -Gunars Severs

“Your insights are invaluable (and your level of service second to none).” – Winston Llamas


“Last night I finished reading your e-book and enjoyed it immensely. Thank you so much for such an in-depth and to-the-point book loaded with information you can really use. I will be sure to mention it highly on chat lines and other locations I frequent.” – Barbara Lodge

“I purchased the color version of your Sony e-book last night and started reading it with the intention of reading the intro and quickly skimming through the rest. About 4 hours later, I realized that I was reading through every single page of the first 6 chapters. Needless to say, this is a wonderful book, very informative and well laid out. Thanks!” -Anil

“There is no way that I would have got to grips with it without your amazing ebook. The amount of work that it must have taken to produce it I can’t imagine. Many thanks.” – Bob Johnston

“Thank you so much for making this e-book! So clearly done in such a way that, yes, I got some of those “Aha!” moments! I certainly will pass this on wherever I can. You have just taken a big chunk of anxiety out of my learning curve!” Veronica

“Your book is excelent. Really detail, clear, useful… an EXCELENT guide.” – Kurt Marlow

“I found your book to be indispensable. I love your books; your tutorials are a godsend, and your work…omg…total inspiration.” – Charles Neinnger

“The manual that you have written is truly comprehensive and must have been a monumental undertaking. […T]he many tips on the various function settings and especially the flash guide have shown me that there is more to this camera than I thought at first.” – Bob Johnston

I just purchased your Sony guidebook, and absolutely love it. You have a great talent for writing and describing things most people would not understand without you! I can happily say that you have made me a better and more knowledgeable photographer.” – Jeff Childers

“I have to admit, it is a great guide. I couldn’t stop myself from finishing it last night, I didn’t get to sleep because of it actually. The amounts of insights, hints, tips and clues in every section covered every single question I had in my mind since I bought my camera and opened a whole new horizon for my photography. Thanks a lot for the enlightenment.” – Adham El Deeb (Egypt)

“I purchased and downloaded your guide earlier today. I took a few minutes to look through it during lunch and I am blown away. The pages I looked at contain incredible how to information, wonderful tips, and a wealth of information about digital imaging generally. Thank you so much. I can’t wait to have more time with both your book and my camera.” – Avi Freund

“I dare say that you are a genius and heaven sent. I love the ebook. I finally found a resource material that helps me understand what I need to know about the basics of photography and how to best enjoy the camera. I believe in your book and would recommend it to any Alpha owner out there; even to the more experienced photographer. Very concise yet easy to understand. All my other resource materials are now gathering dust in my library at home. I don’t need them anymore.” – Roberto Ramon Concepcion

“I wanted to say how INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED I am with the Sony book! Brilliant work, mate! Having read through the tiny Sony manual many times, this has to be one of the best-written books that gives CONTEXT to how / why you would want to do something and the examples and anecdotes are great! I will most definitely be recommending the book to all my friends. Most enjoyable!” – Geoff Elwood

“All this ‘ol gent can say is: WOW! You make everything so utterly simple, and the form of your writing keeps one totally interested. I am really excited with what I have already learned about my one-year-old camera, in just the first several pages of the book!” – Ed Schwing

“I don’t know how you do it, but your style of writing is so enjoyable, friendly, and incredibly informative all at the same time. I read the entire book from cover to cover in one sitting with the camera by my side the whole time, and as I went through it, I started to realize that I finally understood what all of the formerly cryptic numbers and symbols on the LCD meant and it’s such a great feeling! […] I can’t thank you enough for getting me out of “Auto” mode! – Stacey Jarasa

“Over the years I’ve read a ton of photo books and I have to say yours is the most approachable and filled with the most usable tips and examples.” – Mark Lynch

“Dear Gary: I am really enjoying your book, it is the best manual on anything I have ever read. You should do the computer manuals, you are a born teacher and clearly you really know your subject.” – Ivan Tentchoff

“I can’t say enough about your Sony guide. It has rejuvenated my photography like nothing else. I just had to thank you again, not just for the guide but also for access to some wonderful topics on your site.” – Karl Jones

“I have read the manual several times, but didn’t understand many of the features. I want you to know that I understand MORE just by reading the first 100 pages of your book than by reading the manual over and over. Thanks for writing a GREAT guide for this camera!” – Janet DeCristofaro

“I have your super e-book and I am highly impressed with the way you explain things. You, my friend, are awesome with words!” Allan Mann

“I must admit I was overwhelmed and intimidated by this powerful and somewhat confusing camera. Having just finished your book, I am now confident that my new friend and I have many exciting adventures ahead. And I know that I’ll be referring back to your book for many years to come. Thank you for opening the world of photography to novices like me! I am a true-believer and a loyal fan. BTW, even if your book wasn’t about photography, I would have enjoyed reading it. You’re an excellent writer.” – Everett Madden

“You’ve done a darned fine job of explaining the functions of the camera with a pragmatic, user-centric approach, answering the questions we have as new users and budding hobbyists. You have saved me hours upon HOURS of frustration trying to figure out practical applications for the various functions of the camera! Your book makes it easy to traverse the learning curve, not only for the KM cameras, but for digital photography in general. I shudder at the thought of the time I could have saved if I’d simply had your book a few months ago!!” – Brian Soregaroli

“I loved the way you explained that the curve tool is a transfer function. You did not use those words but your example of the Centigrade to Fahrenheit conversion was a great way to get the idea across; I have been using the curve tool in PS for a couple of years and never understood it as clearly as I do now, thanks to your book. Thanks, teacher!” – David DeBar

The key thing I want to comment on is simply the style of your writing. It is so easy to read, very down to earth and conversational- it’s like I am asking you questions and you are telling me the answers. Doesn’t have that “textbook” flavor so many beginner’s books have. I especially like the personal touch so many of your topics include- you explain why you are making a particular recommendation based upon your own past experience.” – David and Diane Drake (Read more)

Mr. Friedman, I do believe you’re one of the nicest people for anyone to deal with.” – Dr. Baha Öcal

“As a former teacher I know how hard it is to write something like “The Friendly Manual”. To do a piece of work like that you have to have the gift. Many thanks!” -Sten-Åke Sändh

“Love your book, Gary, as well as all the additions you’ve written. So easy to understand, accurate and FUN! A complete opposite to those user manuals! I am so impressed how I’m absorbing the information so easily. I find I even have a “photographic memory” (no pun intended!) for many of the pages. [… Y]ou have an incredible gift for writing/teaching in a way that the student will truly absorb the material. I also loved the tips in the “Cookbook” that you e-mailed to us.” – Mary Flannery

“[A]bove all I was impressed by the way you make the use of the Sony (and photography in general) a “piece of cake”. Your straightforward and humorous style of writing is addictive and I devoured your book in one night. I just wanted to give you this feedback and I send you my best greetings from Antwerp-Belgium.” – Jacques Werbrouck

Money-Back Guarantee

Okay, here’s the details on the ‘risk-free’ part. Buy the .pdf format and plow through it for two weeks. If you don’t think this book offers the clearest explanations, if you didn’t end up learning anything new, or it is not the single best value in terms of dollars-per-knowledge ratio, just send Gary an email and he’ll personally refund your purchase price. How can you lose? Gary’s books have introduced thousands of people to the joys of photography in a very intuitive way, and his books have been universally praised for being the best out there for the Sony cameras, which makes this an easy offer to make. (This offer does NOT apply to the printed version of the book, for obvious reasons.)

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