Creative stock photography used in publishing and for Book covers from European publishers shot and sold through my photo library.
The work is both commissioned / library briefed and self motivated.
As an observer of the world around us it is up to the reportage photographer to present this in new ways, to make people look again at the day to day.
Most the the library work I undertake is shot while out and about, I don’t normally set up images.
This means carrying the camera with you all the time.
The reportage photographer is well used to working this way and as such is always ready to capture the shot.
Moreover the reportage photographer has an innate ability to “see”.
As a result even the most mundane of scene consequently contains many opportunities.
Hence this image used for Jusi Alder Olson’ recent book as cover and for marketing collateral was shot on a winter walk, it took may be 30 seconds from stopping to leaving the location.
Hence this is key to making the best from any situation, the ability to pre visualise.
It becomes a habit, its almost second nature.
Once you have it set in your head that you need to create a portrait orientated image that has some space for copy / title and is relatively simple in its composition and content you are half way there.
With emphasis on composition that black and white photography emphasises anything can work for a book cover.
Shooting camera RAW files allows many ways to work both in camera and in post production.
Most noteworthy in relation to shooting B&W images if one is working with a mirrorless camera you can usually set the EVF (Electronic viewfinder) to B&W.
This can help with composition, concentrating the eye and mind on the scene rather than getting distracted with colour.
Shooting RAW camera files means that all of the data COLOUR as well is recorded.
When it comes to post production you then have the choice of creating B&W or colour images.