I have mentioned a couple times now that one of my strategies for building passive income in 2014 is going to be writing and publishing a ebook. This notion still scares me a lot because it's brand new territory, and it may not go anywhere, but I need to make the plunge. I'm getting my initial outline together in a readable format that I can now develop. Before I go much further, I want to get some input.
The book is going to be about product photography, specifically SMALL items. It won't necessarily be jewelry specific even though that's what I know best because that's too narrow. But it will not cover photographing items like clothing and paintings because I have no experience with that whatsoever. So the first question is what keywords / phrases should I include in the title for a small item product photography ebook?
The very first section of the book will be a what this book is / what this book is not thing. These are my thoughts thus far.
What this book is
- simple advice that is accessible for both new and veteran
- advice and personal recommendations for purchasing both point
and shoot and DSLR cameras
- basic information about shooting product photos including
lighting, styling, multiple angles, and highlighting different
- specific examples for props and backgrounds / backdrops
- easy to follow tutorials for basic editing programs,
Lightroom, and Photoshop Elements
- tips for Etsy and similar websites include the photo format and thumbnails
What this book is not
- pushy advice about buying an DSLR and expensive software and
other photography products (i.e. props, lights)
- advanced tutorials intended solely for DSLR users who have
Lightroom and/or Photoshop / Photoshop Elements
I'm also considering including a terminology section early in the book. It's extremely easy for me to forget that I had no idea what common photography terms like ISO or RAW meant a few years ago. If this book is going to be accessible for new photographers, I think that terminology would be beneficial. Thoughts?
From there, I've roughly outlined the following sections. I'm keeping it pretty bare bones here, not because I don't want to give anything away but because I don't want to limit the suggestions. I think that it will be easier for people to brainstorm their own ideas without my own initial thoughts getting in the way.
- Why good product photos are important, even if you don't sell online
- My recommendations / advice for purchasing point and shoot and DSLR cameras
- Getting started (learning the settings, experimenting)
- Lighting basics
- Shooting multiple angles / highlighting different features
- Props / backgrounds / backdrops / styling
- Creating a permanent shooting spot which may or may not include a lightbox with tips about building or buying a lightbox
- Cropping / editing basics
- Etsy-specific tips
- Should I upgrade to a DSLR?
- Tips for shooting with a DSLR
- Editing in RAW
Thank you in advance!