Thursday, March 19, 2020

Exhibition Photos from "The Poetry of the Ordinary"

I have a photograph currently on display at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont. Here are a few photos from this Facebook gallery of images from the exhibition "The Poetry of the Ordinary:"

My piece.

Here's the entire gallery of images from Facebook, and here's my post about the exhibition catalog from last month.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Shoewear for Photographers

This would be super handy. Practical too.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Monthly Challenge 2 of 12: a "4 a.m." Portfolio Book

For my February challenge, I created my first portfolio book. I've created my own self-published photo books a few times in the past, but they were never created with the intention of being a "portfolio." I received a coupon code to make a photo book through Saal-Digital (and they asked that I share my experience). So I got to work and downloaded their book-making software.

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Inside their software. Pretty simple and relatively intuitive.

Previewing the book as it's nearly complete.

Note that once you pick a book style and start adding photos and pages, it continually updates the price in the lower right: $142.59 right now (which was great because I had a $150 coupon code). My book ended up being 40 pages with a total of 51 images. About my only issue with the software was that it didn't have (or I couldn't find) a "fit frame to object" -like option when inserting images. I was constantly re-working their frames until they were about the proportions of my photographs. (I got an email from someone at Saal asking how I was doing and if I had any questions, and I asked about that, but got no response.)

The software - along with the saved project - is small. Once I completed my order, it then sent the design and the files along, and that took just a few minutes as it uploaded the full size image files from my computer:

It was shipped, and actually came a few days before expected. It was just over a week before I got my book. Here are some photos of my new "4 a.m." portfolio book:

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The cover is under 1/4" plexiglass, so here's a close-up of that detail.

Another image to show the thickness of the plexiglass cover.

The first spread: a full bleed on the left (that's just the edges
of the cover peaking around) and some small borders on the right.

Some full bleed Minneapolis bridges.

Some of my 4 a.m. "mini mural project" from a few years ago. Click here for more on that.

Three 4 a.m. images from my mini-photo residency this past spring.

Two more recent images to close out the book.

Notice from those photos above that it's nearly a true "lay flat" design - there's no forcing pages open or losing detail in the gutter. And the pages are very thick and glossy. The book is quite a presence as one flips through it. The print quality is what I had hoped (and I had high hopes) - no complaints there. As mentioned above, the book contains 40 pages and 51 of my "4 a.m." pieces from the last 6 years, arranged (loosely) in chronological order.

Nice work, Saal-Digital! Thanks for helping me with my February "monthly challenge."

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