Photographing Books?

In my years of blogging, I have seen many bloggers (and Instagrammers and BookTubers) mention that they would like to become better photographers. Given my own experience in both photography and writing, it makes sense that I would write a series of how-to posts about the basics of photography.

But every time I sit down to write about it, I am stymied. What, exactly, are the basics of photography?

woman using slr camera

“How do I focus this thing?”    Photo by Matt Hardy on

Sure, learning about aperture, shutter speed, and ISO (or ASA if you’re using a film camera) is vital, but what if your questions are more basic than that? Where do you start if you’ve never used a camera before, or if you just want to take better pictures with your smartphone’s camera?

To help me get past this roadblock, I’m going to turn this over to you. What questions, basic or not, do you have about photography? What would you like me to discuss when it comes to posts about taking better pictures for your blog, Instagram account, or candid family photos in general?

Ask away in the comments section, or feel free to email me via the contact page.

6 thoughts on “Photographing Books?

  1. Honestly, I would love a guide with a picture…like, what the picture looks like in automatic setting, then what the pic looks like by changing one increment…do you know what I mean? Almost like a step by step through the f thing. And I want a basics…if it’s dark out, try these three things first. I know what I need, I just don’t know how to explain it

  2. Good morning! I havr time before today’s events so let me pick your brain. Lighting is my biggest hurdle. Especially living in Portland. Natural lighting can be nonexistent some days, and I work from my phone a lot. So I would love to see some tips for countering lack of light and positioning. Angles are apparently another issue for me (more so when photographing my kiddos). When taking pictures of actual people, do you have recommendations on positioning them with the light? So I guess really I want to know about lighting and positioning. I would also love to know if you ever snap pics from your phone, are there any helpful settings are features you use? I am sure I will have a ton of camera questions when I break mine out!

  3. Great idea to share tips! I take book pictures on my phone and they are — well, let’s just say, not impressive. So I think some basic tips on getting great results with a phone camera would be great!

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