By guest author Karrie Ross.
Many authors like to include photos of themselves in their books, either in their cover design or on one of the text pages. An author photo, can play a big part in creating a more personable relationship between you and your readers.
Many of my clients come to me with an image already picked out. This can be good and not so good. The good part is that they have given some thought to the look they want for their cover. The not so good part is that the image may be too literal, may miss the mark or is of poor quality.
If you're planning to use an author photo in your book, to maximize its value, here are some tips you should consider.
- You need to be sure the resolution of your photo is as high as possible for the best quality reproduction.
- If you will be taking a photo with your own camera, be sure it is at least 7 or more mega pixels and is set at the highest resolution.
- If it is going to be a formal still shot, be sure to use a tripod.
- Be sure that there are no unwanted items in the background.
- Be sure you can be seen clearly without hot spots or red eyes, and that there are no unwanted ugly shadows to your sides.
- Try different camera angles depending on where you are shooting. Use nature to help you by choosing locations with trees and flowers to add color and interest.
- Be sure the setting and background are in proper taste for the clothes you are wearing.
Finally, when determining what type of a author photo you want to you use, what is most important is that it should represent you the way you want to be seen.
[Karrie Ross is a nationally recognized book designer consultant and coach, and can be contacted at Be It Now! Karrie Ross.]