Making a Great Photography Book - A Conversation with Alex Nail
As photographers we are often trying to figure out what we should do with our photographs. Of late, it has become more popular to produce a coffee table style book to showcase our work; however, not all photography books of this style are created equal.
Today's guest on the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen Podcast, Alex Nail, is one of my absolute favorite landscape photographers. He authored and produced one of my favorite photography books a few years back and now he's getting ready to release his second book, The Great Wilderness. His second book was a massive undertaking involving hundreds of miles of hiking over more than four years. Alex's dedication to the craft of landscape photography is nearly unparalleled in today's environment where editing used to make up for a lack of amazing conditions has become commonplace.
On this week's episode, we discuss:
- How Alex's opinions have gotten him into hot water over the years and how he's adapted over time.
- Why Alex got involved as a co-founder of the Natural Landscape Photography Awards.
- Alex's approach to making photographs for his latest book.
- The nuts and bolts to making a high quality photography book, including color space.
- How much Alex's book cost and why.
- Alex's approach to shipping his book internationally.
- What to expect from Alex's book.
- Design considerations for a photography book.
- And a lot more!
P.S. The first 20 listeners to use the code “USFSTOP” will get a £10 discount on shipping of Alex's book!
Other topics/links discussed on the podcast this week:
- Support the podcast on Patreon.
- Alex's first appearance on the podcast.
- The ultimate processing debate episode with Alex Nail and Erin Babnik.
- David Ward.
- Joe Cornish.
- Theo Bosboom.
- Sandra Bartocha.
- Natural Landscape Photography Awards (NLPA).
- Kozu Books.
- Watch podcast episodes on YouTube, where we overlay photos with our conversation via video.
Here is who Alex recommended on the podcast this week:
- Mark Littlejohn.
- Kenny Muir.
- Brian Pollock.
- My article about Brian's photography in On Landscape Magazine.
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Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.
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Scroll down to see more of Alex's incredible work!