Book photography doesn’t have to be confined to printed books. Photographing ebooks and even audiobooks can result in equally stunning photos. If anything, the fun in photographing ebooks and audiobooks lies in the challenge they pose. Bookshelves and book stacks are not an option but there are other ways to add interest to digitised books.
Preamble: Screen Brightness
Problem of Overexposure
One thing to take note of when photographing ebooks is that the screen brightness we perceive with our eyes is lower than the brightness that a camera lens captures. What looks comfortably bright to the human eye will look overexposed on camera.
Correct ebook exposure
In order to overcome the problem of overexposure, reduce the brightness of the screen you’re photographing. The screen will most likely be too dark to look at straight on. It doesn’t matter if the screen is that of a tablet or phone — the principle is the same. Be prepared to do a few takes until you reach the ideal exposure. Do that until the surrounding photo looks equally bright to the screen.
Have Fun Photographing eBooks and Audiobooks
Once you’re comfortable with proper exposure of backlit screens, it’s time to get creative. Now push your boundaries and find ways to add interest to your digital book photos. Here’re a few ideas to get started.