With great travel, come great images and hopefully, great travel books. We asked Blurb Photographer-at-Large Dan Milnor for his tips on creating great books of his travel photos.
Blurb: When should you start thinking about that travel book?
Dan: Even though it can be difficult, I try NOT to think too much about a book until after I’ve made the photographs. To make your best possible images you have to connect with what you are photographing and this is easiest when your mind is clear and focused. Travel is full of unexpected twists and turns so practice doing ONE creative thing at a time.
Blurb: How can I make my travel book stand out?
Dan: A standout photography book begins with standout imagery. To make standout imagery you need to be extremely comfortable with your equipment. If you are thinking about your equipment, or staring at the screen on the back, you will miss pictures. I’m a huge fan of one camera, one lens. Remember, great photography is about light, timing and composition, not the latest gadget.
Blurb: How should aspiring travel photographers decide what to photograph?
Dan: Most of us are limited on time, so find a theme and stick to it. This could be anything from portraits to things of a certain colour or street corners. Committing to a theme allows you to work on your “story” no matter what time of day or where you are. This is also very helpful when it comes to making a book because your book becomes one cohesive story as opposed to random imagery.
So with Dan Milnor’s feedback in mind and after taking a look at his books, you’ll have plenty of inspiration for your next travel book.