Blurb.com lets you make books about anything that interests you. I’ve used them to fill orders for my book December Rose as well as some other titles. Their selection of papers and covers is exceptional; high-quality books made to order.
Whether you’re interested in fashion, family or photographing your life, you most likely have a Blurb book in you just waiting to get out. Although the price of good-quality digital cameras are low enough for almost anyone to purchase, their automatic settings can be helped with attention to the following details:
1. It’s all about lighting: photography literally means writing with light.
To make your subject pop, choose natural light or studio light with a soft box (you can even make one from a lamp and last season’s white t-shirt). If you’re using a flash, you’ll probably want to bounce it or stick a diffusion filter on it. Anything that avoids the dreaded ‘red eye’ (or other colour in certain pets) and the flatness that comes from a bare flash striking your subject head on.
2. Make a shot list
It’s easy to overlook a shot you want, or run out of time, without your list. This is a critical step if you are photographing models. Even if your model is just your best friend who owes you a favor, they’ll appreciate it if you know exactly what you want to shoot. Think about the poses you want to capture, the outfits you want them to wear, and the details that you want to highlight in every shot.
3. White balance (WB)
Accurate color and skin tones come from making sure the WB function on your camera is set to your lighting situation; our eyes and brain adjust what we think we see while a camera just records what is actually in front of us. For example, sunlight is very yellow compared to light filtered through the leaves of trees or bounced off a building.
4. Choose the right lens/zoom setting
If you’re using a wide angle, you’re going to lose your beautiful lines (and your model may never forgive you). On a ‘full frame’ camera the lens or zoom setting used for people portraits should be at least 70mm- cameras with a slightly smaller digital sensor may work with a 50mm lens. Unless you know what sort of distortion a shorter lens will give and specifically want that effect. If you are using a zoom lens try to avoid using the extremes on either end; the middle of the range will give you better results.
5. Keep it interesting
Whether a fashion shoot, pets or family- play music or chat with your subjects to keep things moving. Don’t be afraid to try new angles. Attitude, attitude, attitude.
6. Dress it up
Make your book as fashionable as the images featured inside. Choose a simple design that doesn’t upstage the subject, but still looks chic. Pick a size and paper type that showcases the work brilliantly. Remember the focus should be on your images, not the crazy quilt background on the page. If you are giving a special gift or preparing a portfolio, invest in the quality papers and added features that Blurb has available.
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If you are taking photographs of dogs or cats, also check out my Photo Tips for Rescues.
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