Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Print your own Photo Book

Most people these days are happy with storing their photos as digital images on their on their smart phones or tablets. Even photographers are leaning more towards digital portfolios. However, these do not leave the same impression as a printed book or portfolio. Holding and paging through a printed book is a far more enjoyable experience, and for photographers they can be a valuable marketing tool.


AdoramaPIX is currently offering a 25% discount on photo books until September 30, 2015. Just head over to the AdoramaPIX website, design your photo book and use the discount code "PKBKAFF20" when you place your order.


I only recommend services that I use myself. I tried the AdoramaPIX design interface to make my own photo book for my portfolio and it is incredibly simple and easy to use but allows a great deal of customization.


The easiest way to do it is to simply upload your photos, choose your theme, and use the auto-arrange feature to have their system place your photos into an attractive layout instantly.

Or you can add the photos yourself and customize the layout. Customization options include moving and resizing photos, changing the numbers of photos on a page, adding different background, stickers, and borders, and adding text.

The books are well priced, starting at $26 for a 10 page hardcover book. Different covers can be chosen including faux leather, leather, and fabric. And extra pages can be added as needed.

Extra options which AdoramaPIX give you are adding blank pages at the beginning and end of the book and color correcting images for you.


Here are some suggestions for when you make your photo book:


  • Decide on the purpose of your photo book and select a theme, book size, and photo paper that best matches that.


  • Upload your highest resolution images to allow for possible cropping and maintaining the best quality.


  • There are many layouts and options for additional stickers and borders. These might be fine for family or memento photo books, but I suggest avoiding them for portfolio books.


So, if you are itching to hold your own photo book in your hands, head over to AdoramaPIX and use the photo book discount code “PKBKAFF20” to get 25% off your Photo Books until September 30, 2015.




Thursday, August 6, 2015

Images for Book Covers on Arcangel

I recently started getting more interested in fine art and conceptual photography, but I had no outlet to sell this kind of work. So I was happy when Arcangel Images agreed to represent my work.

Arcangel is an agency that focuses on fine art and conceptual photography for the publishing industry, mainly book covers. A lot of  the images on the covers of bestselling novels came from Arcangel.

My portfolio there is currently quite small as it is a specialized agency with a specific target market, so it takes longer to build up a portfolio there.

All the images in my Arcangel portfolio are Rights Managed for sole usage worldwide so I cannot submit the same work to other stock agencies. See my collection of Rights Managed images here: Images by Kenny on Arcangel


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan, July 23, 2014

With Super Typhoon Soudelor set to hit Taiwan this Friday, I thought it is a good time to show the power of Typhoon Matmo from July 2014.

Stock Footage of Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan

Typhoon Matmo made landfall in Taiwan at midnight local time, July 23, 2014. It brought severe winds and torrential rain to Taiwan. At least 10 people were injured. It washed out one bridge, and disrupted electricity in Hualien on the east of Taiwan, but it did not cause much other damage.

Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan


Matmo made landfall with winds of over 160 km/h. The heaviest rain the typhoon brought was across the higher terrain of the east and interior Taiwan, dumping 650 millimeters of rain in the mountainous areas in the eastern coastal counties of Taitung and Hualien. Taipei had rainfall of 50–100 mm with wind gusts close to 100 km/h.

HD Stock Footage of Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan