How to take the perfect #bookstagram shot

Taking #bookstagram Shots (the easy way with a step to step guide)

As a lover of the literary world, you must have found yourself drooling over the incredible bookstagram shots you see on Instagram and often wondered how people manage to get such great clicks. Well, taking a nice book photo is easier than you thought. Here is a step by step guide to help you take three different types of bookstagram shots.

While making this post, I have kept in mind a couple of factors: background or backdrop, lighting (artificial and/ or natural sources) and objects that are easily available to take your photo to the next level. None of these shots require a professional camera, they are all taken on the phone in the comfort of one’s home. You do not even need to have all of the stuff mentioned. Just holding the book in your hand also makes for a great shot, but we’re trying to go to the next level here, so bear with me.

You don’t need to possess any degree or have any experience to take decent book photos- you just need to know how to make use of what you have. Also, none of the photos you’ll see below have been edited. You should, however, feel free to add as many or as little filters as you want on your photos. What is important is to experiment as much as possible and have fun along the way.

Without further delay, let’s get to it!

What you will need:

  1. Lighting- Both artificial and natural lighting work wonders. For artificial lighting, just use whatever you have at home. I use the lighting provided by two white LED bulbs in my room. But really, use whatever lights you have in your room. One tip here is to switch them all on as that gives you the maximum amount of light making photo bright and nice. As for natural lighting, there’s not much to say. Just take your books and props outside and the photo will turn out to be great.
  2. A backdrop- For this, use a dupatta, a scarf, a shawl, a stole or even clothes or a bedsheet. If you have a front or back yard, a terrace or a balcony, just let nature be your backdrop. Even the flooring in your house will make for an excellent background.
  • Food- An optional step, but trust me on this one, food takes your shot to the next level. Now this doesn’t have to be very fancy. It could be something as simple as your daily cup of coffee or tea and whatever is on your plate for your meals.
  • Objects (having something to do with the book you’re showcasing)- This is also an optional step. But adding some easily available at home objects like candles, potted plants, pillows, lipsticks, perfumes, souvenirs picked up from travels or whatever it is you have at home will make your photo more attractive. Since I was working with the book titled Eliza Rose and I had a couple of artificial roses, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use them.
  • THE BOOK(S)- Well, duh! You will obviously need the book(s) you’re taking photos of. Now this is where you need to experiment and have fun. Try different angles and placements of the book. I find that an angled placement always works better (where the book isn’t directly facing the camera like those artificially posed wedding photos). As far as possible, keep it candid. Also, keep in mind that all the shots don’t have to be flat lays. Keep the book on your window or in the corner of a room and see how your photo turns out.
  • Pet(s)- Now all of us don’t have pets, but I have two very adorable and handsome ones who keep making special appearances in my book photos. Timing is everything here. You do not want to disturb them. So, take photos while they’re sleeping or tempt them with treats.

And that’s all! Like I have said before, you don’t need to have a bunch of fancy stuff in order to take decent pictures. You just need to experiment, have fun and take as many photos as possible because that is how you learn. I am sharing some of my favourite photos from my bookstagram (@thereaddicts on Instagram in case you’d like to follow). These have taken me a long time to master, but I got there eventually.

Of course, it goes without saying that you do not have to follow this. This is just what I have learned over the years. I get asked all the time how I click my photos, which is why I thought of writing this article which I hope you have found useful. If you have any more ideas, do share them. I’d love to know your thoughts.

Happy reading, and happy clicking!


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