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PopPhoto lists and briefly reviews their Best Photo Books of 2008. This is a good place to learn a little about what other photographers are reading/viewing.

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s post (Scott Kelby showing readers how to create a “travel workflow”) here he suggests videos to watch if you’re considering making photo books.

I had so many requests last week to show how to create Photo Book layouts (like the one I did for my trip to Turkey, Greece, and Egypt), that I did three short videos for you (below), to show you how, but using different applications. The three videos are:

  1. How to create them in Apple’s iPhoto
  2. How to create them in Lighroom 2
  3. How to create them from scratch in Photoshop CS4 using Smart Objects [via Photoshop Insider]

Read the rest of the story and get the links to the videos.

Photography books. I love what David Auer says about the many out there:

Photography is such an expansive subject and it’s quite impossible to cover everything in a single book. Some books focus on very specific topics, but contain in-depth information. Other books are broad, but just skim the surface. Regardless of the style, many informational photography books drone on page after page, leaving the reader in a haze of technobabble and jargon. [via Epic Edits]

Yet there is hope. It appears that Tom Ang’s Fundamentals of Photography is at least worth it’s price.

I received a copy of the Fundamentals of Photography by Tom Ang, and I must admit that I was skeptical of the book before I opened it. I assumed it would be one of those “talk about everything” books with a very shallow offering of knowledge. I was wrong.

I don’t know how he did it, but Tom Ang managed to pack an incredible amount of information into this small handbook. Not only is the information valuable, it’s extremely concise and well laid out. The book would be great as a front-to-back read or as a reference book for the occasional information search. Oh, and it covers both film and digital photography! [via Epic Edits]

You can read the review here or get your hands on a copy–Fundamentals of Photography.

Jörg Colberg of Conscientious discusses the pros and cons of self-publishing a photobook. Later he consults with a number of photographers/artists who offer more suggestions on self-publishing.

In an earlier post, I looked into the kinds of problems one can get with “on-demand” book publishing – where you send off your book (actual the electronic version of it) to be printed somewhere else (only to then get it back with strong magenta casts on thin paper, for example). What appears to be somewhat forgotten is that before on-demand publishing existed, photographers published their own books simply (or maybe I should write “simply”) by printing photographs and then by binding the pages into a book (or getting this last bit done by someone with the necessary skill set).

Needless to say, this type of self publishing seems to require a fair amount of work – but then, the photographer is in full control of the final product (and I’ll take a book produced this way over any on-demand book at any given time – if you’ve ever seen examples of both types you know why); and who says that producing a book should take no time? But how much work exactly? How much does it cost? What does one have to do to create a book like this?

Several photographers/artists were kind enough to send me information about the process etc., which they allowed me to share here. [via Conscientious]

PhotoInduced has a guest speaker today. Debbie Zeitman discusses how to liberate your photos.

I’ve become a big fan of liberating my photos and designing photo books to be printed and kept on my living room shelf. Memories become more precisely organized and the feel of a book in my hand can’t be beat. Sitting beside someone on a couch and looking through a book together simply feels better than sitting in front of a computer screen as images flash by. At least to me. In moments of computer sharing I start to feel as if I’m treating a visitor – even an eager viewer – to one of those slide shows of ‘Look at my vacation’ mocked in countless movies to reveal the obliviousness of the host. [via PhotoInduced]

Click here to read the entire article.

Digital publishing-on-demand services are completely changing the way photography books can be envisioned, created, distributed and sold.

New online services for self-publishing photo books have finally attained the level of quality printing that rivals traditional book publishing — and they are turning the economics of publishing on its head.

The new books look great, they’re amazingly affordable, and the technology makes it easy for photographers to get creative and experiment with different sequences, designs, and formats.

In short, we are beginning to see some remarkable photo books that never would have seen the light of day five years ago, simply because it was neither technically nor economically feasible to create them until now.

To celebrate this newfound freedom, Lens Culture (www.lensculture.com) has teamed up with the Rhubarb-Rhubarb Photography Review in Birmingham, UK, and Blurb.com to create an all-new international photo book award. All photographers who have registered to present their portfolios at this year’s event (August 1, 2, and 3) will be eligible to win the prize, which will include publishing their own monograph, and getting international publicity and promotion to help sell the book. [via Lens Culture]

For more details visit the website.

So you’ve taken tons of photos and you wonder what to do with all of these. How can you make money from the photos you’ve taken? Here’s some good advise from PhotoPreneur:

Moving from enthusiastic photographer to income-generating photographer is now easier than ever. The photography world has a wide selection of open entry points, from microstock sites to Flickr networking and from websites to art fairs.

But while the roads towards professional photography are broad, the room at the top is narrower than ever. Media companies are laying off photojournalists and increased competition is removing the shine – and the profits — from traditional stock sellers.

Of course, the rarity of being a leading photographer just makes the accomplishment even more impressive. It’s why print magazines like JPG can sell copies even though the Web has thousands of pages offering similar content, and it’s why companies like Blurb succeed even though any photographer can show off their works online.

There remains something special about seeing your photography published, in print and in your hands.

Click here to read the rest of the article and find out how to make your photobook sell.