One is a SoFoBoMo warm-up book. I wanted to severely constrain myself and produce a work based on the number one. I’d appreciate any feedback that you’d be willing to give. The size is about 2 MB, so if you are using dial-up, you might not want to do this. I’ll work on getting an html version.
My point was to try to see how easy, or perhaps difficult, it would be to put a quick project together with my current tools. I cannot afford Adobe InDesign, or even Adobe Acrobat, for that matter. Well, I could probably afford it, but didn’t want to come off of $600+ at this time.
So, using Scribus, Lightroom, my camera, and one hour of my time to shoot, an additional hour to make edits and put the book together, I came up with what you see here. Actually, it took more like 45 minutes to shoot, 1 hour to edit and export, and about 30 minutes to put the book together. What a journey that was.
The part that took the longest was discovering that somehow I had switched my export settings in Lightoom from 72 pixels/inch to 72 pixels/centimeter! I was wondering why all of my pictures were way too large!
What I learned:
- Wow! An hour goes quickly, especially when editing and trying to think of something to say!
- I need more time to think about picture titles, so I skipped them.
- I like Scribus. It’s very powerful and, once you get used to it, rather easy to use.
- I need to think a bit more about the format of the book. I like 8×8, but need to think more of how to fit the pictures in the book.
- Shooting from the hip, so to speak, is fun. Turn the brain off, find a nice spot, and react to life.
I shot exactly 100 pictures. From those, I picked the ones that I liked best, or that spoke to me within the time constraint. There are 12 pictures in the book.