Saturday, 3 March 2012
No 4 Publish a book of photographs
I have been a fan of photography from a very young age, when I used to go out with my father and take photographs. We would then spend many a saturday or sunday afternoon in our home-made dark room, developing the negatives into photographs. There was something magical that happened as the photographic paper went from under the projector to the trays containing the developing fluid, the stopping fluid and the fixing fluid. The photographs would then be hung to dry. I can still close my eyes and remember the smell of the fumes given off by the chemicals in the trays. How much things have changed now. Instead of that long and almost organic process of waiting until we got home to see the fruits of our of photography, we now have instant views on the screens mounted on the back of our cameras, and photoshop to make those final adjustments. However, one thing is for sure.... no matter how hi-tech digital cameras get, they will never ever be able to replace black and white film photography.
Where ever I go, I am never very far away from my camera. As I go on my explorations, I get intoxicated by the sights and sounds around me. My camera becomes my best friend as it allows me to capture the things around me, for me to continue to appreciate for many times to come.
As you can imagine, over the years I have built up quite a collection of photographs and have often thought about making a photobook. When I started writing my "40 things to do before I'm 40" list, one of the first things I decided to do was to achieve this goal. This was the perfect task to add to the list.
I did a bit of research into various self-publishers, to find which would meet my needs most appropriately. The best one I could find was www.blurb.com This is a great website with a downloadable package that helps you pull together your book, whether it is a photographic book, a wedding book, a holiday book or even a recipe book.
The next part of the challenge was to sift through my photographs and decide which ones would be included in the book. I was given some help by some good friends on this bit.
Finally, once the pics were chosen and added to the blurb software, the final stage was to add some words to it and then simply upload it to the blurb website. Simples!
If you would like to have a look at a sample of the book, or are interested in purchasing a copy, please be welcome to click on the link at the top of this article, or the link below.