Creative: August Self-Publishing Project, Chapter Thirteen


This was shot by a five-year-old. It’s ALL about the gear people. If your images suck it means that you suck, not your gear. (She shows promise.)

1. I still have a lot of work to do on the book because being in Wyoming forced me, in a good way, to change things up. Having said that, making decisions about the book BEFORE I began the trip was CRITICAL in making this is a fun and doable backend of the project.(I can’t stress enough how important this is.)

2. I am filthy and so is everything I brought. My truck looks like it was in the Baja 1000 and when I opened the bag carrying the Fuji gear a small cloud of dust flew out.

3. The ONE time I didn’t carry my camera I missed two really solid images. NEVER again. I should have known better. Rookie mistake. I hung a curve over the plate and reality took me yard.

4. Less is more with gear. YES, you already knew that but your inner geek isn’t listening. But it’s true. I could be very happy with the 35mm only.(50mm equivalent) I used the Fuji with the booster the entire trip. I thought it would feel too big but I got used to it within a half day, and damn it was nice knowing I was never going to run out of battery.

5. Photography still needs to be explained, and this is a huge part of being a professional. Nobody cares about your work. They don’t, and that’s okay. You must educate as to what you are doing and why it’s important, and often times you are working with people who see the world differently from you. TIME and PATIENCE are required.

6. I made 282 edits from about nine days of shooting. Within that are MAYBE a dozen images worth considering for something. Nothing would make a final portfolio of my life. However, for this project, several of the images are perfect. Again, this is not a photography audience. Just family.

7. I have four major tasks on my plate for Blurb. Not major in a massive, strategically important way, but tasks none the less. They take priority over finishing the book.

8. You need to gather about ten times the amount of information you want to put in the book, then edit and edit and edit and edit and edit.

9. I will spend more time in Wyoming in the future.

10. I feel responsible for telling this story. In a good way. Pressure even. When other people are involved it comes with the territory.

I’ve got eclipse paintings to my left, Wyoming images on my screen, a journal full of notes and little time to put it all together, but the next post on this project will be about a finished book.

7 Comments on “Creative: August Self-Publishing Project, Chapter Thirteen”

  1. Again, what a inspiration!

    The mind is struggling and trying to sort all the experience but this is the beauty of it right? That makes life so worth living! I love this kind of struggling and at the end you have book in your hand as reward!

    I will travel next week to Spain with a rough idea of a small book and of course I send it to you! But today I am on my way to a wedding and guess what!? Mr. Frank Jackson joins me and makes it for me so special!

    Daniel see you on the road!

    1. Wim,
      I just saw his ugly mug on IG! He gets around. Have fun at the wedding. Don’t hit on the bridesmaids!

    1. AM,
      Actually, you are right. She is good. I swear to God she figured out my camera after watching me run through the controls ONE time. Her framing is solid. The crazy thing is that you can spot someone with natural ability very quickly and easily. Whether they stick with it, who knows. She doesn’t have a camera, so when I left her photography stopped.

  2. Send her a Fuji Instax. That’s what I’ve given each of my four kids. They love them and take them everywhere.

    I also have two old DSLRs laying around (D50 and a D80) the house that I leave fully charged and available for little hands and getting knocked around. I love looking at their photos after each season.

    If no one encourages the natural talent, it lays dormant until the next spark. What if the spark never comes?

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