Your Books in Pictures | Fall Edition
Hey there friends, Rikki here, coming at you with a seasonal guide to photos and styling to improve your documented reading life. It's not about being perfect or reaching professional standards, but more about learning to love the photos you have in your camera roll and ensuring they're timeless and worth keeping. Be sure to start off by reading our original Photography Guide, and as always, share any tips you've found useful in the comments below!
Fall is one of the most wonderful times of the year, and most readers tend to agree (not to minimize the luxury of summer warmth, spring beauty, and winter coziness). Not only are there great books to read in every season that help encompass the feeling of seasonal changes, but foods, drinks, and weather shifts are worth soaking up too.
When you think of fall, what comes to mind? I tend to reflect on warm drinks, spiced treats, pumpkins, and leaves changing to beautiful hues of red, orange, and yellow. Now mix in your reading life, what does it look like now? All the good stuff mentioned before, plus mystery novels, campus settings, and thrillers are on our TBR's.
When thinking in terms of photos for this season, there are two important things to consider:
- The light inevitably changes and our daylight hours are cut nearly in half. A little planning can make a big difference when documenting anything with a camera because of the light.
- Embrace the season, and let it show. A sunny beach picture doesn't really give off the fall vibe we'd like to showcase. Think leaves, warmth, sweaters, pumpkins, hot drinks, and cozy mysteries to set the tone.
When it comes to styling photos, I tend to have a picture in mind, or at least begin to as I start shooting. In my opinion, this is the hardest part of taking a good photo. Much like posing people, you have to visualize how it will look in that little camera frame. The slightest adjustments in the frame of what you're photographing can make all the difference. Play with the spacing between them, move things closer or further together, adjust the distance between you and the subject, etc. This is very much a trial and error process, so don't get discouraged.
Remember you're using everything from the natural light (window light when indoors), to incorporating flowers, plants, or other seasonal outdoor elements to create an atmosphere, a mood. We talk a lot about our love of seasonal reading, and highlighting that in your pictures draws the viewer in even more, because it's authentic; it shows viewers your reading life in real time, reflecting your season and surroundings. Nothing says fall like rich autumnal hues, leaves on the ground, and curling up on the couch with a good book. Seek out books and outdoor spaces with tones reminiscent of fall. Even your coffee mug and sweater can help bring these colorful tones and cozy vibes in.
Lastly, HAVE FUN! Overthinking things and adding stress or pressure just kills the joy of what you're doing. Whether you follow our prompts to help motivate or inspire you, or you simply want to work on your picture taking skills, the whole idea is to keep it FUN. And sometimes, things get worse before they get better. But trust me, they will get better with time and practice!