Photographer as Designer
Besides photography I am a writer so with the advent of self publishing through Amazon I decided to put out some novels and short stories. The process is very much "do it yourself" from typing, to layout, to cover design. So I have taken on the role of designer for the books and it has been fun to look at photographs for cover illustration from a different point of view. The first book I did was fairly easy since I knew where I wanted the cover photo to be from and I kew it when I saw it. Short stories are a little harder bacause the cover art could go a lot of different directions. The there is the problem of finding a photo that has the elements in the right place for a title, isn't too busy, has the color I want for the fonts etc.
It's been fun to look at Dreamstime photos from the point of view of a designer and I hope it will influence what I shoot pictures of. Here are some of the shots I am considering for the new book cover.