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Creating a Picture Book using Amazon Comic Creator

Creating A Picture BookCreating a Picture Book using Amazon Comic Creator

If you try to make a picture book and get it published the more pictures you add the more expensive the book. It is so easy to price yourself out of the market with publishing anywhere that I know a lot of photographers have basically abandoned creating picture books for themselves. Previous versions of the Kindle, and the problems with creating an e-pub also mean that our pictures basically sat on our hard drives or in places like Smugmug or Flickr where we were lucky to sell anything.

The good part is that when Amazon moved into the comic book market allowing independent comic book creators to self publish to Kindle directly, that opened the door to photographers using the same tools to create an awesome picture book along the way.

Some caveats, your pictures need to be 800 X 1260/1280 in size, and have a max size of 126K, so you need to set your DPI at 96 to make sure you can keep your pictures at the right size to work with Amazon Kindle. Over the last couple of days I have gone through my archives of China and some of the cooler photo shoots to create books for Amazon Kindle. The fun part is that one of them sold within the first 24 hours of being posted so I am really hoping to see how sales go with Amazon Kindle.

The book I used for this project is FU We Are: Seattle Punk Rock, a picture book about the Seattle Punk Rock scene I have been trying to get published for the last two years. It took an hour or so to build it for the Amazon Kindle system, without having to argue with publishers who are becoming increasingly gun shy about taking on projects that might not have any economic output. Now given the price of publishing, I can understand that. The Seattle Punk Rock book is somewhere on the order of 130 pages, and there isn’t a popular band in there, but there is a lot about the Seattle Punk Rock scene.

Even if you never sell a copy you are only out about 2 hours of your life, and using Amazon Comic Creator for picture books is about as easy as anything I have encountered in online printing anywhere for any reason. No haggling, no pain, easy to use, there is also a really handy video of about 15 minutes that walks you through the whole process. I did pre-stage everything for this, but honestly, set aside an hour or two to make this happen and you will have your kindle ready picture book uploaded and for sale very quickly.

 

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2013 Year in Review for Studio5Graphics Top 10 Galleries

Chantal Water Nymph

2013 Year in Review for Studio5Graphics Top 10 Galleries

2013 is basically going down as the best year ever for sales, views, gallery show, and love. It has been a great and wonderful year and all because people found me and decided they liked what I was doing. Of course there are a lot of Y-Chromosome pictures this year, but also some surprise sleeper hits along the way. Overall this is has been my best year, and I owe it all to you, a couple of walled gardens, some of the most amazing models to walk the planet, and finding time to do this.

Top 10 Most Popular Galleries for the year

1. Chantal Water Nymph – one of the most stunningly wonderful and talented models I worked with this year coming in at 200,000 picture views for the gallery alone.

2. Steamcon V Cosplay – the most outrageously fun three days I had this year was at Steamcon and you should go if you get the chance clocking in at 122,000 picture views

3. Pinup Model Ange

e in a Bikini – this was the surprise sleeper hit of the year, taken over another photographers shoulder and just hanging out because I was between models, the lovely Angee is clocking in at 86,000 picture views. I am sure this will tick off the primary photographer but then there we are, this happens when you are at a group shoot.

4. Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con 2013 – they let me hang out with the regular show photographers and ended up with thousands of amazingly cool pictures. They were surprised that a photographer would show up from the west coast, so the good folks at Wizard World made me feel right at home and I can’t thank them enough for that.  They are clocking in at 82,000 picture views.

5. Pinup Model Anika in front of an Impala – beautiful model, beautiful car clocking in at 66,000 picture views for the year. Sometimes you have to choose between the car and the girl, in this photo set you didn’t have to.

6. Jet City Comic Show photo booth – this is my favorite shoot of the entire year, there is nothing that compares to running the photo booth for a comic con. Lots of good people lots of fun and some amazingly good charity work with Comic Book Characters for Causes. They clock in at 62,000 picture views.

7. Grid Girl Rebel – ok, anyone who has shot Rebel knows that she is one of the most amazing young ladies out there. She runs Femme LTD here in Seattle getting people together so that they can make cool art and pictures. She clocks in at 61,000 picture views, which in my opinion just isn’t enough, she is that amazing.

8. Marilyn Outdoors Part 2 – another wonderful model clocking in at 57,000 picture views.

9. M.O.d and a Vintage Car – I know she didn’t like some of these, but darn it I am not photoshopping out things in a picture, or otherwise. The only thing I am using photoshop for is balancing color and exposure or resizing an image. She is a wonderful pers

10. Pinup Model Inspired – wonderful, simply a wonderful young lady and probably goes into the top 10 list of people who I really think are simply very cool for 2013. She clocks in at 54,000 picture views for the year.on to begin with and she clocks in at 57,000 picture views.

Those are just the galleries; I really should wait for a couple of days before I really start cranking the full end of year numbers for total picture views. But simply put it has been a wonderful year for having people taking a look at pictures, and buying pictures, along with my first gallery show this has just simply been one of the coolest years I could have. Just a big shout out to everyone involved, you are all part of this and should feel warm fuzzy along the way.

 

 

 

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Color Your Own Pinup A Saucy Coloring Book

Color Your Own Pinup A Saucy Coloring BookColor Your Own Pinup A Saucy Coloring Book

Sometimes weird ideas happen, and over my career I have taken a ton of pinup style pictures, and they are generally popular. It is a fun style to take, and a fun style to show off that everyone has the ability to do some form of pinup work. So a friend of mine was commenting on the pictures and said “hey why don’t you make a coloring book” so that people can color their own Pinups? Well, it seemed like an interesting idea, and since I know how to do a line drawing out of a picture, it seemed like a pretty simple project to take on. And about 48 hours later, there is now a Color Your Own Pinup coloring book that you can get on most e-commerce sites.

The cool part is that everyone is going to make something here, I’ll make a little bit, the modes will make a little bit, and yeah I went through lulu so they will make a little off this as well. I did try create space, but the lack of a decent formatting template in PDF, and not being able to make it past their inbuilt checker without spending a few hundred dollars was a drag. I know how to format a book, but getting through create space for a small 30 page book is really something horrific to go through. They are fine for regular narrative print books, but I really just wanted a cheap happy fun little saucy coloring book. Not a major production, cheap is good, but getting past the system for anything like a comic book sized book is a pain in the butt.

So here it is, ready to go, you can pick up a copy at Lulu, and in a couple of days everywhere else you can think of. In the long run through, as always interested in hearing what you think and if this is worth going ahead and doing something like this again. There are tons of pinup pictures out there, making a fun happy saucy coloring book is sometimes something you will want to do in the future as a photographer. And honestly, making money off of pictures is generally hard enough to do, if you can come up with a simple straight forward idea like a coloring book for you pinup pictures, why the heck not? The good part is when everyone wins, and money gets to go to everyone who is involved in the book. And the people who helped come up with the idea and encouraged you to do something a little silly, a little fun, and a little weird like this.

 

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Wizard World Philadelphia Cosplay

Wizard World Philadelphia CosplayWizard World Philadelphia Cosplay

I had an opportunity to do some Cosplay photography at Wizard World Philadelphia and literally had a blast. It is the rare show where all I have to do is run around and take pictures of the cosplayers, and generally get to have fun at the convention. I went as a private person, not affiliated with Wizard World in any way. Surprisingly I found that I didn’t post this set up, and I should have a while back.

Wizard World is one of the larger industrial comic book and pop culture conventions on the planet. They do multiple conventions but this was my first time there. The good part is that the show literally let me run around on the main floor taking all the pictures I wanted. I teamed up with the official photographer group for the Cosplay contest, and the Imperial Star Wars sets. The fun part was that as the show went along it was amazingly cool to run around and just take pictures of people on the floor, some candid’s, and otherwise get involved with the show in a way that was much more entertaining than a general person visiting the show.

The thing I was most impressed by was that the Cosplayers really just owned their own Cosplay. There was none of the snarky BS that I have seen at other shows where purity matters. No these people took the idea, and then made them theirs. From Black Superman all the way through the Doctor Who process, people were dressed up and ready to show off. There were some professional cosplayers there as well to help people feel more comfortable dressing up and showing off, and that made a huge difference in how the Cosplay kept on going throughout the three day show.

In all Wizard World Philly ended up being a really fun event to just go run around and take pictures of. If you are working on getting into Cosplay photography, take a 55-200MM lens with you, and you do want the UV Filter for bump protection along the way. Take a flash but use it as a fill rather than as a primary light source. Your white balance should be set to the incandescent lamps that are used all over convention centers. If you decide to take pictures outside, remember to set your white balance back to daylight full sun. You might also want to take something like an 18-105 lens as well for the larger group shots, as you can see in the pictures, when you get to the group shots of 100’s you want to have the widest angle possible to try to get everyone into the same shot.

Wizard World Philadelphia Cosplay

 

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