I have just finished creating a book for the final paper of my Photography Diploma. I chose my home town of Dunedin, NZ as the subject and have focused on the Land, the architecture and the people of the city.
This was a fantastic challenge and I have learnt a lot from the process. We could chose to do a book, exhibition, or website and had about 6 weeks to take and process at least 50 photographs. Originally I had thought I would do an exhibition, but when it came down to it a book seemed like a nice keepsake from the Diploma.
I have used Blurb for publishing and I’m still waiting for the final hard copies to arrive, but it was really easy to use and integrated seamlessly with Lightroom – I had a collection that I used for all the photos to be in the book and then just created the book from that collection. There are lots of different page layouts you can use, but I tried not to get too carried away and used only about 3 or 4 different ones in the end. The hardest part was working out the layout of the images in the book. I would have an image I liked, but then when I sat it next to another image the clouds wouldn’t match, or the horizons were at different levels and they looked funny. There were a lot of trips back to some locations trying to reshoot photos to get what I wanted.
In the end, I’m happy with what I have created, and if you would like to check it out you can do so here: http://www.blurb.com/books/5414984-dunedin