Gayle Vehar of the blog Momandcamera.com first heard about Blurb through her cousin and she quickly jumped on the idea of self-publishing her own photo books with our platform. Over the years, she’s made books with Blurb BookSmart® and Blurb Bookify™, and recently she’s used the new Book module in Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 (also known as LR4) to make some great books.
For anyone not familiar with LR, it’s the only tool built specifically for photographers and it’s great for organizing photos, doing post-production work (basically just about everything you can do in Photoshop), and managing your workflow.
Not only did Gayle take it upon herself to write a great step-by-step blog post about how she created a book using LR4 and Blurb, she also took some time to answer some of our questions about LR4 and her book making. Read on and consider trying Blurb and LR 4 yourself.
Blurb: When did you start using LR? What do you like about it?
Gayle: I started using Adobe Lightroom with Lightroom 2. I was an immediate fan of Lightroom because it had taken me about five years of using Adobe Photoshop every day to learn to use it proficiently and make it do what I wanted it todo. In contrast, I felt like I was able to get great results in Lightroom after only afew months of using it! Software should simplify our lives, right?! I certainly felt like Lightroom did that for me!
Blurb: What are your top tips for bookmakers?
Gayle: Keep it simple and let the photos speak. If the books are of/for yourfamily (and many of mine are) then add a few thoughts here and there sothose who view them in the future will understand you and the experience you are sharing through your book.
Blurb: What is your favorite Blurb paper and why?
Gayle: I love the Premium paper. I love the thickness. I want my books to be able to stand up to many years of enjoyment and that includes many years of little hands turning the pages again and again. I’d love to try the ProLine papers – I’m sure I’d love them, too.
Blurb: Since LR does such a great job cataloging one’s photos, do you have any tips about how people can organize/file name their photos to make creating their book in LR easier?
Gayle: I LOVE how Lightroom helps me keep my photos organized. Everyone has a different way of doing this. I organize my photos by year and month. Then I give really descriptive names to the folders within those months. For instance, I just got back from a family trip to Yellowstone. Those photos are organized in folders like this: 2012>July>Yellowstone Family Trip. Many photographers I know rename each file using these file naming conventions too.
I use Lightroom’s “Smart Collections” to help me quickly grab the photos that I want for my book. I have a smart collection that automatically grabs any photo that I rate with a certain number of stars. Before LR 4, I would then export those photos and upload them to Blurb. Now I just use those photos and create my book all in LR 4.
Gayle: Just that I LOVE that I have found a place (BLURB) that makes creating beautiful books so simple! There is no reason not to have my pictures in books for all to see!
Blurb: Find out more about the differences between Photoshop and LR, and then considering giving Lightroom a go. It’s more affordable than ever and we guarantee that you once you give it a try, you’ll be hooked – especially now that you can make books and ebooks using LR4 and Blurb. Plus find out more about how you can make family photo books with Blurb.