Book cover photography in its’s simplicity is often the best route to take in creative photography.
Shot on location with no special equipment.
No need for complicated lighting or huge set up location shoots, frequently it is the simplest detail that makes the shot. Take for example this image shot for the Plain Picture Library.
It has been used across Europe as the cover shot, CD case image etc. for Jusi Adler Olson’s new thriller novel “Takeover”.
But where was it shot ? how can you create images for book cover photography.
Well it was shot whilst on a dog walk in the fields around Cirencester, a chance glance down, about 20 seconds of shooting time and it was done.
This is probably one fo my biggest selling stock images.
Proof if any were needed that photography is not about equipment.
When starting out we all tend to want more kit, a new lens or gadget.
but what si most important is creative skills.
the ability to see things around you in a different way.
We call this pre visualisation.
If you can see the world around you in scenes set piece scenarios you are half way there.
The next step is to be able to turn those vignettes into creative imagery.
Many people would just walk past an old bit of bramble in the hedge.
but I saw the potential in this and made out of it the image used for the book cover.
keep looking, hone in on the detail.
the lands ape si not just the grand panorama but the detail.
it’s seeing this detail that matters.
So one needs to train ones self to move beyond the normal.
So make sure you do not overlook the detail, in a single panorama there are hundreds of possibilities, you just need to observe.
This is what a photographer as a trained observer should do.
Someone who sees the potential in any situation that others may just pass by. See the cover and the original shot here