5 Tips For Shooting Book Covers

Photo: © Deborah Kolb

Photo: © Deborah Kolb

In celebration of #NationalBookLoversDay, we’ve asked Premium photographer Deborah Kolb to share some of her wisdom on just how she nails the perfect shot every time. With 12 book covers under her belt, we couldn’t think of anyone more appropriate. Take it away, Deborah!

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1. For romance novels my first preference is to get a real couple – chemistry is key. Even a real couple can take a little time to feel comfortable with the camera on them while they cuddle and kiss. So make it fun!

2. Often when the description is really specific you need to just go out and recruit for the look in the brief. So it means really looking at a number of models. I like to recruit actors as they get into role playing. Giving them the story really helps.

3. Wardrobe and location are key. I ask models to bring several sets of clothes just in case. Even with proper guidance you may not get what you need. So I also bring some clothing choices.
As far as location, I am always keeping an eye out for interesting places and try to match the brief description as much as possible.  

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4. I often offer models a trade and then if we win the brief/cover, I will pay them an agreed amount. Sometimes it is a trade for head shots (actors always need new head shots), and other times I just pay them first if I really want to shoot them. 

5. When shooting I tend to fill my frame with my models and then step back as well to get as many chances of capturing the vision. Even horizontal shots can work – as long as you are shooting at your max size and in RAW a horizontal image can work.

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Simon Moss is the CEO and Founder of ImageBrief, Inc. Simon has 16 years experience across photography, image licensing, influencer marketing, startups and creating products from ideation to execution and then taking them to market.

Simon has presented on Crowdsourcing Creativity at Vivid Festival, Sydney Opera House, Mumbrella 360, AIMIA Summit, New York Photo Festival 2012 and Crowdsourcing Week in Singapore 2013. Simon was a panelist at the DMLA conference in October 2015 discussing on-demand photography and a panel member at the IDG Capital Conference in Beijing, China.

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About Simon Moss

Simon Moss is the CEO and Founder of ImageBrief, Inc. Simon has 16 years experience across photography, image licensing, influencer marketing, startups and creating products from ideation to execution and then taking them to market.

Simon has presented on Crowdsourcing Creativity at Vivid Festival, Sydney Opera House, Mumbrella 360, AIMIA Summit, New York Photo Festival 2012 and Crowdsourcing Week in Singapore 2013. Simon was a panelist at the DMLA conference in October 2015 discussing on-demand photography and a panel member at the IDG Capital Conference in Beijing, China.