Hand made books for photographers

Hand made books for photographers

“A super fun few half days under the guidance of Lizzie and Alex who led the group through everything one needs to complete your first hard-backed, concertina book - from links to where to purchase all the required materials, to a significant online pre-recorded video resource which takes you step-by-step through every detailed aspect of making your first book.  Alex and Lizzie go through all the necessary detail again during the 2 half days and were forever supportive and encouraging, including presenting ideas about how to choose and sequence images for your book.  A hugely enjoyable few days with a great sense of accomplishment which can repeated time and time again.”

Whilst producing a single print is incredibly gratifying, creating a series of prints is even more rewarding. Creating a hand-made book is a wonderful and relatively inexpensive way of displaying your work. I'm now delighted to be running book making courses with my friend and colleage Alex Hare. Course 1 covers an introduction to some of the types of books you can make and then we cover the steps required to make a concertina book with hard covers. For this course we will be sticking our photographs into the book, with our pages made from watercolour paper, rather making the pages about of pre-printed inkjet paper. However, we are going to run a second course that will cover how to create templates to allow you to print direct; as well as covering how to make a Japanese stab bound book.

Covid 19 makes face to face group learning impossible at the moment, so we wanted to find a way to deliver this content to our clients online, whilst still being able to enjoy the group dynamic and intereaction with our fellow photographers. We ran our first course in April and found that the ability to interact and to share our images and ideas was a really valuable part of the course. However, we are also happy to offer a more remote learning experience through use of the videos and supporting documentation and 1-2-1 support. Please get in touch if this is a better option for you.

If you don’t have the kit yet, don't worry. As part of the course fee, you receive a free kit list (and links to buy items).  Once your kit arrives you are ready to attend a course!

You will also receive supporting documentation and free access to a complete video tutorial on book making.  This video is your companion to the workshop and demonstrates the whole process and all the techniques so you can refer back to it at any stage you need to.

The course will run over two consecutive mornings, from 9.30am to 1.00pm. We will invite everyone to become a Zoom contact and then we use this platform for our group sessions. We break up each morning into little 30-40 minute segments, which helps to keep everyone fresh and allows breaks from the screen. It also means we can break off regularly for a cuppa, comfort break and to try out a few of the techniques of course!

When you sign up to the course, we will send you a kit list with an explanation of everything you need and links of where to purchase. Bear in mind delivery times are slow at the moment so you should order everything as soon as possible. Expect to budget around £80 for the kit you need, though it could be far less if you already own some of the items – cutting mat, scalpel, bone folder, etc.

 The night before the course we’ll send you a link to a series of step by step videos and also a document that shows and describes the steps you’ll need to go through to make your book, with measurements for everything included. The idea is not to make a start until we all go through this together, so we can demonstrate and answer questions as required. However, you may wish to familiarise yourself with some of the content.

 Day 1

Intro to book making and different book types

Series of ‘how to’ sessions so we can start planning and making our book – we will cover cutting and folding the paper for our pages, and cutting the book board and cover material/paper. 

Sequencing session – where we will discuss some of the methods by which you can choose and sequence your images, and show a few of the books we’ve done and share our thoughts behind sequencing the images within. 

Homework! You then have the rest of the day to refine your image choices (if required) and to email us 6 to 10 images that you plan to include in your book. Please size these at 1600 x 1600 pixels. If you can number them sequentially so I can put them into your intended order for us to look through and discuss on day 2. Also you’ll need to measure and cut out your pages, board and cover material ready for gluing on day 2. 

Day 2

Sequencing review. We’ll share each set of images on screen, via Lightroom, and invite each of you to talk about the rationale behind your choices (<5 mins per person).

Continue making our books, step by step – we’ll go through each stage again, then give you time to complete this, gradually working through the remaining steps. Alex and I will always be on hand for any help you may need.

End of day 2 – ideally we’ve all finished our books – if not, then don’t worry as you can finish anything else afterwards in your own time. You’ll need to stick in your images after the course, according to the sequence you’ve settled on. If you don’t have a printer, then we can print the images for you for a small fee.

We’ll try and share what we’ve done over our respective webcams but we hope everyone will be happy to do a little product shoot of their finished book and/or make a little video of it which we can all share through the group in the days thereafter.