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BOOKS AS LEGACIES

“Legacy refers to any personal, movable gift in a will.”

I’m revising Wills today. Getting to types of legacies got me thinking. As bibliophiles we spend our time reading and acquiring books.

Books are gateway to adventure. Who gets our legacy of books when we die? Think About it.

📗Will you give certain books as specific legacies to some people.

📚Will your books be general legacies donated to charities that cater to educational needs.

📕Or will you have an auction of limited/signed/first print editions to the public?

📚Or will you prefer to be cremated with your favourite pages or whole books?

📒Or will you have your library made a segment at your local library which will be paid from your Will to house that segment?

Comment below if you will do any or all of these or something else. I’d love to know.

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Setting up a Book Shoot Set; Book Photography Hacks

Hey Gem, find helpful tips and hacks on setting up a book shoot set and taking book photos.

I found a spot in my room at Abuja for book shoots this weekend. I said I’ll show it to you and my other sets in Lagos. I decided to share advice and hacks I’ve learned from setting up book shoot sets for book photos and blogging.

Pick Your Theme and Colours

Three things, you’ll notice about my blog or bookstagram account are Orange, Vibrant Colors, Flowers-beside the books and food of course. Pick your theme in term of colours, background, positions of books. This is what makes a book blog distinct. It’s why we love pictures from our favourite book bloggers. Play with different things honestly. You can always change your theme or introduce new things to it. For example, I tilt my opened pages towards the right. I alternate between flatlays, book stacks, opened pages or pictures with only flowers.

My Feed as at January before some changes.

Lighting

Popular Bookstagrammer, The Guy With The Books once advised to find the Golden Hour in your city. I can attest that natural light is the best to shoot with. For example, In Yola from 8-10am has perfect sunlight. 12-2pm gives extremely bright sunlight and I had to battle with shadows of props, window stills in the picture. Lagos is darker so mid mornings are my best time. In Abuja 9-10am and an hour before sun down works for my selfies and book photos.

HACK– Set up your set or flatlay where the vibrant rays of sunshine hit. In front, beside or opposite a window. Beware of harshness and shadows.

Select your Props

Some props are books, bookmarks, coffee, fairy lights, beddings, figurines, stationery, candles, plants, food, etc. Mine are flowers, balloons, fabrics, stationery and food. Your props can be themed with the pictured book’s lessons, title, etc.

Or something unique like figurines or balloons. It can be whatever you choose. Layer your props. Make sure their colours compliment or artistically contrast your theme.

HACK– Bring everything closer. A camera picks distance differently than the eyes.

Set up your backdrop or flatlay

Do you have your background ready? A draped fabric is a great background for book stacks if you don’t have a bookshelf. Wooden surfaces give a beautiful, unique pop to ones feed. I have infused them into my feed. White wrappping paper or cardboard or in other colours that fit your theme, make crisp back grounds for flatlays. A wall, flower shrub, the floor, a spread of open books are all valid backgrounds.

Rumpled Bedsheets give a romantic, informal ie. reading-in-bed feel. Bedsheets, scarves, books, white towel or a fur carpet are all gorgeous backgrounds or constant props.

A scarf is the background.

HACK– Be consistent with whatever surface you choose. You can pick more than one so you can switch up where you take pictures.

Mobile Photography and Editing.

My advice on camera will be for mobile photography. Check your phone setting for Pro, Focus, Zoom, etc and use them to snap. Play around! Snap with the dimension for the platform you’ll publish pictures on. Eg. Instagram crops pictures closer, so zoom won’t be a good feature for snapping its pictures.

Choose a filter that will add to the general theme of your pictures. Keep snapping and checking what you’ve shot before unpacking the set. I can be very critical so I usually assess, snap more then unpack. Take a break before selecting and edit. Delete pictures you dont need so you can have space. Back up those you select.

HACK– Tilt the base phone outward so bookstacks and their spines appear tall and vivid. For flatlays, tilt your phone so that all the objects appear very flat.

My book corner at my Mum’s house in Ikorodu, Lagos.

Ebooks

This is a creative literary blog. I feature reviews of online fiction, ebooks and share my own stories. I know the struggle to share beautiful images for ebooks or online fiction. My advice is that you get another phone. Not necessarily a new one, maybe for a friend or sibling or your old one.

Apply all the advice and hacks above also. I usually use pictures of flowers or my write pads as images for my stories. Many creative writing bloggers just download images from Unsplash or use animated avatars. Choose what is convenient and fits your theme.

HACK– Send a screenshot of the ebook cover to the other phone. Then use your phone to snap it.

Extra Tips

Spontaneous Pictures are necessary. Add some outdoor pictures. If you visit spots in your city and you take your book along. Take and share pictures whether or not your book features in them.

Inside the High Court, F.C.T, Maitama where I’m doing my externship in Abuja

Search other feeds for Inspiration when I feel bored or stuck with how I take pictures, I explore through instagram or wordpress through Hashtags like #bookstagramnigeria, #books, #bookphotograhy, #bookblog #currentlyreading #read, #bibliophile etc. You can always recreate a look you like. Don’t feel discouraged that your pictures aren’t similar or have less likes. You’ll get there!

Don’t forget to post your pictures and have fun!


All images used in this post were photographed by Adaeze Feyisayo for Amethyst Saw (WordPress blog and Instagram). All rights are reserved. Reference when used.

Sign Up for ‘Stab Love with Flower Stalks by Amethyst Saw’ Blitz & Blog Tour!

Hey Literary Enthusiasts,

I’m publishing my book, STAB LOVE WITH FLOWER STALKS on 18th June, 2019. My incredible friend, Lara Kareem of Naija Book Bae is hosting its Blitz and Blog tour. I’d love you to participate.

#STABLOVEWITHFLOWERSTALKS

Blurb

Journey through time with a flower goddess as she grapples with love, how its delicate beauty holds her captivated and it’s stem filled with thorns so harsh, brings pain to who seeks to hold it forever.
Get lost with a soul, who has repeatedly traveled through time, listen to the scary confessions shared with a lover, be enamoured by the fluidness of her relationship with love as it’s vividly painted in the poems that comes from feeling the fiery passion that vibrates through her.
Stab Love with Flower Stalks is a collection of 13 flash stories and poems, which are mostly queer romance and erotica, narrating the delicate beauty and jarring pains of falling in love.

ABOUT BLITZ AND TOUR

Blog tours occur in a specific timeframe where the book in question is promoted across the selected blogs that meet the criteria and target audience for the books. They typically start right before a book is launched and ends a bit after it has been launched.

This social media tour will start from June 1st. This is a promotional tour that is open to applicable literary enthusiasts worldwide. It’s a tour to positively promote and create awareness for the book ‘Stab Love with Flower Stalks’, which is the first ever book, the author Amethyst Saw will be publishing.

Everything related to the promotion of this book will start from June 1st and will end on the 21st. It should however be noted, that filling out the form does not guarantee a slot.
There are various options open for bloggers who are interested in the promotion of this book. Literary enthusiasts have the option of picking all three options or even one or two.

(culled from Naija Book Bae)

Click the sign up button below to find out about how to participate in the Instagram, Twitter and Blog blitz and tour.

SIGN UP

Say You’ll

There are 3 ways to cage a soul
for eternity.
‘Say you’ll be mine forever’
‘I’ll be yours’
This is the second way
and the most effective surrender from love.
Can win one, time. Endless time for whatever.

‘Say you’ll be mine forever’
When she whispers this while you pant.
Her voice dampened with mist from lovemaking.
Say nothing. Kiss this cage back into her throat.

END


I’ve began a queer story thread on Twitter, LOVE OUT Q (Quirky Glow Gem @AdaezeFeyisayo). If you want to read queer erotica and musings, etc follow me by clicking on that name.

Yes, yes, I know my handwriting isn’t here.