Trade and Trade Again

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For anyone who is not aware of my book fetish this post is for you. I make a lot of books. Not all of them are good, and not all of them see the light of day. I’m in love with our trade books. Easy, simple, cool, sketches if you will. These books are the perfect intro to bookmaking. You have 400 images and don’t know how to edit? Perfect, page limit for trade books is 400+. Don’t have a lot of cashish to spend? Great, books start at $2.49. In fact, all of the books you see are $2.49 pubs. My next play is to find a group of like-minded souls, scattered around the globe, and actually TRADE the trade books. Are you in? Whoever you are….

Blurb Discount


Hey Campers,

Just got this from Blurb HQ. If you have something in the works then here is a nice little nudge.

The holidays are just around the corner, so we wanted to pass on a little holiday cheer to our friends and family with Blurb’s biggest and best discount of 2014:

30% off with no minimum order.*

Just use the code FRIENDS2014 at checkout before December 11, 2014 and you’re all set to make your own one-of-a-kind books. Celebrate your year, your travels, your family, your successes—anything you want. Make a book as special as you are, and make it with Blurb.

(Of course you’re welcome to share this offer with your own friends and family—let’s keep a good thing going.)

Here’s to a great 2014—and happy book-making!

Book Subscription Newsletter


Dear Smogranch Reader:

Testing something here…..and I’m hoping you will play along. I’m thinking of starting a quarterly publication, a magazine I’m guessing, and am attempting to figure out not only how many people are interested but also the best way to communicate with those people. The idea is when I hit “Publish” you will all be notified of the arrival of said publication. Not that you have to actually buy the damn thing, although that would be nice, but at least you will know about the happening. In the future I will offer one-hundred print copies, but there will be an opened ended number of digital copies available. So, if you are so inclined, sign up and take the ride. Like I said, this is an ongoing test. I was hesitant to do this, but I think this ability is critical for anyone seriously wanting to independently publish, something I find myself wanting to encourage. Also working on a way to “spiff” one of the hundred people, randomly of course, but I’ve got some ideas.
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Here is your mission if you choose to accept it. The test magazine is here. I never intended to go public with this, which is ironic considering the title and content. Shot with Leica, and Hasselblad, and shot on location in Utah, California, New York and the United Kingdom, “Whistleblower” is a look at the terminology of modern warfare hidden in the language of everyday life. This is a mere twenty-pages and is only a first taste of the project. Subsequent magazines will be a higher page count with more content.



As for now, I’m only going to offer this as Ebook. When it’s done, sometime in 2055, I’ll offer the print version. Thanks people.

Discount Code from Smogranch

Photo: Napper

I’ve included this action pose for your viewing pleasure. I’m doing PRECISELY what I tell people never to do…….CHIMP.

You didn’t ask for this but I’m giving it out anyway. For those of you about to order something juicy you an use this code to save 25%.

the code: SMOGRANCH25

the details:

to save 25% on print book orders $75+**
Offer good through August 31, 2014
**Offer valid through August 31, 2014 (11:59 p.m. local time). Valid for first-time customers purchasing printed books only. A 25% discount is applied to your product total with a minimum purchase of USD $75, CAD $75, AUD $75, EUR €60, or GBP £50. Maximum discount is USD $100, CAD $100, AUD $100, EUR €75, or GBP £65 off product total. This offer is good for one-time use, and cannot be combined with volume discounts, other promotional codes, gift cards, or used for adjustments on previous orders


I just got a brand new laptop. Yep, a screaming fast 13-inch maxed out on RAM. It had been a long while since I had a new machine. I got used to all the tricks I had to employ to get my old laptop to actually do the things I needed to do. No two Creative Suite programs open at the same time. If converting RAW files I had to leave the machine alone and prop it up on books to keep it from overheating, etc. etc. Not any more.

One of the things I never think about when I get a new machine is the work required to get it up to speed. I need software, programs, attachments, etc. In the process of upgrading I realized I now I have an operating system that views Ebooks. Hadn’t really thought about adding mine, but suddenly I was staring at the iBooks interface as it appeared on my desktop. I thought, “What the Hell.”
I stopped adding my books at ten, but I do indeed have a few more. I had no idea. Over the past year it has become second order for me to just make one from any project I’m doing. Oddly enough, I have three iPads, all of which are broken, but the one I have that still retails a faint heartbeat only has ONE program that works….iBooks. But, even stranger is that most of the time when I show my work this way it’s on my phone. Now that I have the new operating system I’m curious to see if this will become a part of my routine. I’m not actually trying to show people my work, but from time to time I need examples, so this works out well.
If you are prone to showing your work and want options you should at least give one of these a go. I do enjoy stills and audio. Video is okay, but for me three elements are one too many. I’m in the minority here I think, as usual. Have a look for yourself.

I’m going to blow my own horn here. This last image….I love. So simple, such beautiful light. And one small audio file to give you the SOUND of that place and that moment. What could be better? Free frozen yogurt? Ya, okay, that, but not much else.