Oftentimes, when I mention to people that I’m an aviation photographer, they look at me as if I’m either “touched” or some sort of Superman…or both. (Depending on who it is, I’ll let ‘em think that too…just for fun.) Thus it is when I recently mentioned that I was commissioned by AOPA Turbine magazine to photograph a pilot who flies to/from Africa, carrying patients with the Ebola virus.Read More
Not long ago I had the need to create a catalog for a recently mounted exhibition at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. A catalog is a book that outlines, explains, and elaborates on the artwork in an exhibition. It's also a great way to preserve the memory of an exhibition, especially if one can't actually attend.
I had planned on using Pages (the Apple version of Word) to lay out the book, and later upload it to one of the online print-on-demand (POD) printers. While toiling in frustration with the lack of flexibility in Pages, I stumbled upon Blurb's plug-in software for InDesign, Adobe's flagship graphic design software. Not being a graphic designer myself, I was a bit hesitant to learn yet another set of software, especially since I probably wouldn't use it all that often. But since I already own InDesign, I figured I should give it a try nonetheless.
Installing the plug-in was easy, and once I opened it up, I began working with Blurb's plug-in almost immediately. My subscription to Lynda.com proved invaluable in bringing me up to speed, and in short order, I was able to create a catalog that I was proud of. There are several sizes available to choose from, and of course hard or soft covers. Different end-paper colors allow for minor customization, and several different types of paper allow one to maximize the appearance of your images, especially if it's primarily a photo book.
To get a feel for Blurb's quality, I went ahead and ordered a copy of the 7x7 soft cover edition. The last time I used them was in 2009, and I'm told they've come a long way since then. If you'd like to take a peek at the layout for yourself, or to order a copy, head on over to Blurb and take a look.
I recently received a call from a potential new client. Like a lot of calls from folks I’ve never met before, she began with the phrase “We love your work…” Usually this is a good indicator, but there are times when it can have a double meaning. Such was the case with this call. At this stage of my career, I’d consider myself an experienced business owner, and so I’ve learned to take a cautious stance when evaluating a potential client’s candor.Read More