How to Self-Publish a Photography Book

Taught by - Leave your thoughts

Start this course

So, what’s the big deal about photography books anyway? And why should we care about them? Well, if you haven’t noticed, a significant portion of the planet is walking around with cameras in hand, and the number of images being captured has expanded beyond what anyone could have imagined. But what do we do with all these images? More important, how do we make sense of them all?

There are many who consider the book to be the ultimate expression of photography. Creating a book forces the photographer to make critical decisions about his or her work. Choosing the book’s size, materials, and design are all part of the language of visual literacy, and they combine to form something as personal as a fingerprint.

For those who create books for a living, the process of book-making is second nature. For the rest of us, it can feel complicated. When our personal passion for photography is on the line, the book can suddenly feel like an obstacle rather than an object to celebrate. We can’t let this happen!

What you’ll learn in this course

In this course, I am going to provide you with the steps for creating your best photography book. Before we are said and done, you will learn:

  • How to choose the right book size
  • How to choose the right format, or formats
  • Tips on layout and content
  • How to determine your best paper option
  • How to think about photography
  • Considerations for print vs digital publishing, or both
  • How to share and sell

Already a Reedsy Learning student? You can subscribe to a new course by opening up any previous Reedsy Learning email. Scroll to the bottom of the email and click on "update your preferences" to choose a new course.


Brought to you by

Hello, my name is Daniel Milnor and I’m Blurb’s Creative Evangelist. My goal in life is to travel the world as the “Blurb Guy,” while helping authors make the best photography books they possibly can. I’m a photography geek, a book geek, and when you combine the two, a self-publishing geek of the highest order. Learn more: Blurb’s website.

Start this course

Discuss this course

Continue learning

People who enjoyed this course also looked at the following:

How to Write a Novel

So, you want to write a novel? That's great news, but where do you go from here? Bestselling fantasy and historical fiction author Ben Galley will show you how to plan out your book, before revealing …

Taught by Ben Galley

View course

How To Get Your Books into Libraries

US libraries spend hundreds of millions on new materials like books every single year. If you're not with a publisher and you aren't listed with a wholesaler, how can you convince librarians that your book is …

Taught by Amy Collins

View course

The Ten Commandments of Writing YA Novels

It's strange to think how so many popular books have protagonists in their late teens—but there's something undeniably compelling about teenagers, caught in a web of fraught emotions and growing responsibilities. Perhaps this rich, emotional …

Taught by Kate Angelella

View course

How to Self-Publish a Photography Book

So, what’s the big deal about photography books anyway? And why should we care about them? Well, if you haven’t noticed, a significant portion of the planet is walking around with cameras in hand, and …

Taught by Blurb

View course

The Non-Sexy Business of Writing Non-Fiction

Having a great non-fiction book idea is one thing. Writing a book and having it accomplish what you want it to for you and your readers is another. In this 10 day course, publishing coach Azul …

Taught by Azul Terronez

View course

Book Design 101

Book design is that under-appreciated step of the publishing process that can make or break a book. A book's cover is going to determine whether the book gets picked up in a book store, or clicked …

Taught by Emmanuel Nataf

View course