How to Self-Publish a Photography Book

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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 importantly, 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 worth celebrating. In this course, Blurb's Creative Evangelist Daniel Milnor will provide you with the steps for creating your best photography book.

What you'll learn in this course

  • 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 sequencing and editing
  • Considerations for print vs digital publishing
  • How to share and sell your book

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Daniel Milnor is a Creative Evangelist at Blurb, the world’s first platform for creating, printing, and publishing independent books. His goal in life is to travel the world as the “Blurb Guy,” while helping authors make the best photography books they possibly can. He is a photography geek, a book geek, and when you combine the two, a self-publishing geek of the highest order.

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