The Joy of Photography [cover, spine, and back]

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    I redesigned the cover and several spreads of this classic book for school. The book was my choice; the content in the book is still great, even for non-beginners, but the design is rather dated (set in Zapf International, for starters), and some of the photos are no longer up to par. So I set about to clean it up, and replaced some of the more dated shots with some of my favorite images from flickr. One issue: my instructor really wanted some 'joy' on the cover, so I gave him the jumping girl—but, as lovely as she is, it's a little cheesy for my tastes.

    1. tobyharriman 60 months ago | reply

      Looks good to me! I agree with you on the girl being a little cheesy. But It certainly shows joy. You would have to be a photography to appreciate all the other shots as joy, because we have go out and had the joy and experience in taking them. If it wasn't a photographer, the jumping girl would be the right fit. I guess it depends on your traget market! Great cover though.

    2. Andrew Schröer 60 months ago | reply

      Thanks. That was my point exactly—the joy is in the experience, and in producing a near-perfect shot.

    3. schromann 60 months ago | reply

      the setup looks excellent. very nice. As to the image choices, we could talk.

    4. schromann 60 months ago | reply

      just to clear things up, I really like your choice of images, but they are rather one-sided as to the approach. The *classical approach*, which I prefer, don't get me wrong, but there are other approaches which, if one was planning a book for 'today', then perhaps other aspects need to be represented. I don't like HDR, but it is out there, for example. Or things like a 'camera-toss', or images where people are 'floating'. Know what I mean?

    5. Andrew Schröer 60 months ago | reply

      A 'floating' shot would've been pretty great to include, actually. You know, like a flying cat. :)

    6. wleif 57 months ago | reply

      Great project.

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