Twelve Lessons Learned from Self-Publishing

Pair of bald eagles on the shore. © Tim Boyer
Pair of bald eagles on the shore. © Tim Boyer

An interview with Tim Boyer

Tim Boyer is an award-winning nature photographer based in the state of Washington who specializes in birds. He leads workshops, does presentations, has a YouTube channel, and his photos have been published in many magazines including several editions of NANPA’s Expressions. He also self-published two books, Learn the Art of Bird Photography : The Complete Field Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Photographers and Birders in 2018 and The Bird Photographer’s Guide to Bosque del Apache in 2020. He’s a busy guy, but he took time out of his schedule to speak with us about the lessons he’s learned from self-publishing books.

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Wildlife Photography and Book Design

Page layout for a book with a photo of a leopard and text.
“Claws Spread” in book layout. © Dr. Paul Brooke.

You’ve put your wildlife photos on Instagram and other social media, as prints and on notecards.  What’s next?  Books!  Have you ever wanted to see your work in a book, either self-published or in someone else’s collection?  What’s involved in preparing your files?  What design work must you do?  In a NANPA webinar, Dr. Paul Brooke will walk us through the process of Wildlife Photography and Book Design on January 2, 2020 at 5:00pm EST.

In this 1.5-hour presentation, Dr. Brooke will teach you about the layout and design of photography books using Adobe InDesign. Topics covered include page layout, color palettes, text/image balance, cover design and overall aesthetic.

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High-Fidelity Printing on Uncoated Paper

From the Editor: An increasing number of photographers are also printing their images in books.  While we might know a lot about printing our images, most of us aren’t going to know much about what considerations go into printing books.  Friesens, a sponsor of NANPA’s 2019 Nature Photography Summit, is Canada’s largest printer of hardcover books.  Founded in 1907, Friesens is an employee-owned company that also operates Friesens Press, a self-publishing subsidiary.  In this article, Friesens give us a primer on paper choices and high-fidelity art books.  Their website and blog contain a lot more information.

 

We continue to see a growing number of high-fidelity art books, photography books, cookbooks, etc., on uncoated papers. While every job is treated with the same care, expertise, and attention to detail, we do know that certain markets/projects and customers have different needs and expectations.

In general, the term “high-fidelity” colour describes a variety of techniques used to make printed pieces look better. If you are willing to spend extra money on special papers and print techniques, we know that your needs, expectations, and requirements are more than just having colour ink on paper.

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