• Author Bio Photography
    Book marketing,  Photogrpahy

    Guest Post: Author Photos: 6 Tips for Taking Flattering Bio Pics You’ll Actually Like

    Your bio picture holds a lot of power. It will become one of your most-prized assets in a book cover, website, or marketing materials. In this article, we’re sharing tips for taking flattering bio pics you’ll actually like, and that can best represent your writing style and genre. Bio pics should be realistic yet memorable. With some research, preparation, and proper equipment, you can have several professional-looking bio pics that can speak to your target audience and gain new readers. 1. Identify Your Message An author brand consists of a book cover, book description, author biography, and bio picture that showcase your personality, tone, and genre. Since this picture can…

  • fantasy story writing
    Fantasy World Building,  Macro Photography,  Nature Photography

    World-Building Inspiration: Macro Nature Photography

    She didn’t know how she got small enough to use a mushroom as a house. The answer sat on the edge of her memory but no matter how hard she concentrated, it wouldn’t move within reach. It has been years, maybe centuries. She watched the tall people grow up and grow old. She never changed. She screamed for their attention but her small voice never touched them. She climbed a tree but something stopped them from hearing her cries for help. But, that was years ago. It wasn’t supposed to matter anymore. Maybe the stories were true. Maybe the people underground did make you remember unpleasant things. She was close…

  • Hiking Adventures,  Landscape Photography

    Life Lessons While Hiking to Bull Hill/Mt. Taurus Overlook

    Don’t look at someone on top of the mountain and forget they had to climb to get there. Thoughts like that kept crossing my mind as I hiked up Mt. Taurus/Bull Hill near Cold Spring, NY. Living in NY for 11 years, the crowds and the closeness are starting to get to me. More often, I spend my weekends hiking the Hudson Valley. I haven’t done it in months because everything was closed. Since NY is opening, so are the trails. But COVID isn’t gone. I had to be careful. I left my apartment earlier than usual to avoid any crowds on public transportation. I chose a trail said to…

  • macro nature
    Flower Photography,  Macro Photography

    Spring Macro Photography

    I stumbled onto some little spring treasures on my walk with Oreo. Flowers are pretty in general, especially during the spring when they’re everywhere. But, it’s more interesting to find unusual ones. My neighborhood has a lot of red and yellow tulips so when I see other colors, I get excited. Photographing these flowers straight on creates a beautiful shot. Beautiful but boring. Fortunately, no one was on the sidewalk at the time so I didn’t have to worry about being in people’s way. I parked myself in front of those flowers, got as close to them as I could and experimented. Sometimes, a straight-on photo will work if I…

  • beautiful landscape photography Hawaii Waimea Canyon
    Hawaii,  Landscape Photography

    Travel Photography: Changing Perspectives in Waimea Canyon

    You can stand in front of a beautiful scene and be bored photographing it. That happens, a lot, at least for me, when I’m in a touristy place. Brooklyn Bridge is nice but I’d rather shoot something else. Something that hasn’t been photographed millions of times. It’s also super annoying when you can’t get a good people-free shot. On top of that, fences often limit you to a certain perspective. When I want to Waimea Canyon in Hawaii, we were perched on top of the canyon. I don’t have a wide-angle or telephoto lens so my shots were further limited. After taking some landscape shots, I was bored. The scene…

  • Fantasy Photography
    Fantasy,  Landscape Photography,  Photogrpahy

    What Is Fantasy Photography?

    Ever come across a scene that looks straight out of a fantasy book? I guess that may be different for everyone. From what I’ve seen, most see it as photos of people dressed as elves, royalty, fairies or other fantasy characters or people being digitally altered to look like mythical creatures. Here are some examples: This Photographer Builds Her Fantasy Worlds by Hand, No Photoshop Ethereal Portraits of Women Who Look Like They’re Straight Out of a Fairy Tale I didn’t know that until I did some research. I had my own definition of fantasy photography. Quaint houses surrounded by nature, making you think you’re about to step into another…

  • Uncategorized

    Building Immersive Fantasy Worlds from Failed Photos

    You’re in a new place, exploring it, taking 100s of photos. At the end of the day, you look over the photo and delete ones that don’t work. World builders, you might want to think a bit before you delete those bad photos. It’s like when you’ve written a terrible story. You don’t delete it. You just set it aside for spare parts. I currently have way too many photos on my computer. I’ve been spending the last couple of weekends deleting those that don’t work. Recently, I revisited my trip to Italy. As I was deleting photos, I realized some of the bad ones could still inspire my story,…

  • Uncategorized

    Photography Inspiration: Magical Trainscape

    Ever have moments on your creative journey where you just don’t feel like doing it? It’s not that you don’t enjoy it. You don’t have the energy. I haven’t been taking nearly as many photos as I used to. I just haven’t felt inspired. I know you’re not supposed to wait until you’re inspired. I’m waiting for something interesting to photograph. You’re not supposed to wait for that, either. You go after the interesting shots. I was working on The Week in Links when I came across this post Photographing the Same Red Cabin Over the Years on PetaPixal. The photographer took pictures of the same subject, a red cabin, at…

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    The Week in Links 1/5/19: January Book Releases, Bird Box, 2019

    Welcome to the Week in Links, a roundup of the latest articles for fantasy, sci-fi and horror readers and writers. It’s a day late, not on purpose. Yesterday was pretty busy. Writing and Book Marketing Novel Writing from A to Z: The Alphabetical Elements of Writing Fiction 10+ Marketing Predictions for 2019 From Top Marketers How to Set Writing Goals for 2019 — the Right Way Questions to Consider When Plotting a Scene 10 creative branding trends for 2019 Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi Read Ken Liu’s Introduction to Broken Stars, a New Anthology of Chinese SF How The Lord of the Rings Changed Publishing Forever The Best Comics & Graphic Novels of January…

  • Book marketing,  Book Photography,  Photogrpahy

    Book Marketing: Your Guide to Photographing Books in Nature

    I like to photograph nature. I’m also a bookworm and journal collector. Why no combine the 2? I post the pictures on Instagram but, mostly, I do this because it’s fun. I love planning what books and journals I’m going to pack. I get lost in looking at a scene, setting up the book and photographing it at different angles. It’s fun to look at the results and see that they came out better than expected. Even if the experiment failed, I know what not to do next time. These kinds of photos could be great for a book marketing campaign. View this post on Instagram A post shared by…