Monday, April 15, 2013
A lot of people have asked me if I ever hope to have one of my fauxtos on the cover of a book. The answer is an obvious yes, but unfortunately up until now, it's been unlikely any of them would be. I've spent the last year taking very specific photos inspired by books, which has been a blast but since these books already have covers, it's unlikely you'll see any of these shots gracing paperbacks anytime soon.
Therefore, I decided to start taking "stock" photos in addition to the YA inspired ones. (Don't worry, I'm not stopping my original series, just expanding on it.)
These stock photos are still going to have the Real Fauxtographer touch - meaning they will be conceptual and stylized and moody, but aren't specific to any one book. I do plan on taking a variety of photos, however, that are specific to genres.
The intention with this, of course, is not just to make money, BUT FOR THE GLORY AND HONOR [insert battle cry here]. Stock photography is not a lucrative business. Annie Liebowitz is my cautionary tale, so I don't plan on putting all of my eggs into the photography basket. I've never intended on becoming a full time photographer - I'm still and always will be a fauxtographer - but if one of my photos ever made it on the hardcover or paperback of a novel, well then, I can check that off my bucket list.
So, for this new "series" I'm doing, I'm making fake covers. All of the shots you'll see will be available for covers (if you're interested) and I will be adding title treatments to them all so you can get an idea of what it could look like as a cover.
(Important boring info for any designers interested in purchasing: All photos in this series will be shot in RAW. So, yay for you! If you're interested in this shot, email me.)
This shot you see here I thought would be a good fit for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Her expression is slightly startled and a little frightened, which reminded me of Amy and I chose Gone Girl for the title treatment (mostly at random) but also because one of the main characters is named Margo (without the 'T', but I'm willing to overlook imperfections) and I'm partial to any story with my name in it.
The thing I like about this shot and the title treatment is the retro look and feel. Reminds me a lot of the original American Psycho cover. Makes me wish more book covers would take this approach!
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this new series! Would you prefer to see the photo without the title treatment?
More boring technical info for people who are interested in that kind of thing: I shot in RAW (my new favorite thing) in really low, natural lighting filtered through my window and increased the exposure quite a bit. That's how I was able to achieve that nice looking skin. (Maybe it's Maybelline, or maybe it's Photoshop.) I then added my own special cross processing treatment in curves and then did a "beauty enhancement" I recommend all Photoshoppers do: whiten eyes, darken iris rims, darken eyebrows. Voila.