Cool find by my old pal Billy Baque:

As a guidebook for the NASA Photography Training Program, it not only describes the operation of the Hasselblad 500 EL/M cameras used on the U. S. Space Shuttle but is also a concise manual on photography to assist astronauts in creating the best possible space photographs.

As Billy says, “[i]t makes working on the shuttle seem less glamorous and a lot more like hard, hard work.” The PDF is hosted by Hasselblad itself.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Peter Simpson

    The manual also gives some real practical guidelines for composition, focus and exposure that are applicable for any camera and any subject. Well worth reading for anyone who wants an introduction to photography in simple language.

  • Peter Simpson

    The manual also gives some real practical guidelines for composition, focus and exposure that are applicable for any camera and any subject. Well worth reading for anyone who wants an introduction to photography in simple language.

  • http://mattrichardson.com/ Matt Richardson

    Oh wow, nice find! I love this.