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Author Spotlight: Molly Carroll
04 Sep 2015

Author Spotlight: Molly Carroll

When Molly Carroll, a therapist in Bend Oregon, decided that she wanted to share her story of overcoming the obstacles that were keeping her from the life she wanted to have, she faced the same challenges that many indie authors have—but she didn’t have to go it alone. She knew that she wanted both a printed book and an ebook in order to reach the broadest...

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Black or White
03 Sep 2015

Black or White

  Okay, you’ve probably seen these books before but I wanted to share them once again because I keep hearing this same conversation when I do talks and workshops. The conversation really centers around black pages. “I’m a serious photographer and I do documentary work, guess I need black pages in all my books.” No. You might not. This isn’t a “better or worse” scenario....

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The Blurb Road Show Begins
02 Sep 2015

The Blurb Road Show Begins

Ahhh, the Pacific Northwest. A place with tall trees, strong coffee, and—most importantly—a lot of very creative people. It seemed like the perfect place to kick off the Blurb Roadshow, a 12-month creative spree that will takes us across the continent, and the world. First stop: Portland, Oregon. We’ll be engaging with the folks at the XOXO Festival. We’re still working out our exact plans,...

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Creating Beautiful Food in Photographs
28 Aug 2015

Creating Beautiful Food in Photographs

We use all of our senses when eating. We eat with our eyes first. We anticipate what our experience is going to be at first sight. Then we use taste and smell, of course. But the texture of food, the sounds it makes, are just as important. All of the senses have to be indulged when looking at a food photo. The photographer has to...

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Live (almost) from PDX
27 Aug 2015

Live (almost) from PDX

Two weeks back, I’d been sent up to Portland to do a seminar with Blurb photographer Dan Milnor. The class was suddenly canceled, but flight and hotel were booked. We had to scramble to make the trip worthwhile. So, I emailed longtime Blurb book-maker and photographer Nate Matos. He does a podcast in Portland called Pdexposures that’s largely dedicated to analog photography. I thought maybe...

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Five Tips to Publish a Great Summer Photo Book Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
26 Aug 2015

Five Tips to Publish a Great Summer Photo Book Using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

This summer we travelled to Northern Spain for a two-week holiday—Cué, Picos de Europa, Bilbao, and San Sebastián. After two surf-crazy and food-filled weeks, I unpacked our bags and downloaded 1,019 images into Lightroom. That was June and it’s now August. Those images have been sitting in the “Spain 2015” Lightroom folder on my laptop. Sound familiar? With the end of summer approaching, I need...

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