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!
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.
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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