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October 5th, 2016

Alexandru B. | Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

90484026We are excited to introduce one of the newest members of the liveBooks team today! Meet Alexandru, a support specialist, that has been on the team for a few months. So far, he loves the community atmosphere and the opportunity to work with many different people. Though he has been on the support team for a short time period, his great enthusiasm and attitude have helped to bring him closer to our amazing support team!

Quick facts:
Hometown: Brasov, Romania
Favorite liveBooks8 Feature: The entire editor, it’s great that you can do it yourself
Favorite TV Show: Friends
You will never see Alexandru without…: His glasses
Fun fact about you: While everybody is investing in bikes, he passes by them on his longboard!

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Tuesdays Tip

Have you been wondering how you can change the background on your website? This quick tutorial will help you get started! The liveBooks8 platform offers you the option to change your background on a site-wide or page by page level. The site-wide option will change the background on every page you have on your website. This will also affect any new page that is added onto the website.

If you would like to change the background on a single page or have different backgrounds throughout your website, the page level would be the best option for you.

Note that whether you choose to change your background on a site-wide or page by page level, you will be able to choose a solid color, a pattern, or upload a custom image.  If you decide to upload a custom background file, please adhere to our image sizing guide. This can be found by following this link.

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Andreas Roskvaag is an Advertising, Lifestyle, and Adventure photographer from Bergen, Norway. From base jumping to extreme kayaking, Andreas can be found photographing extreme sports and plunging into them as well. He has also dedicated part of his career to advertising and adventure photography. To see more of his work, visit his liveBooks8 website:

I am 29 years old and have been photographing for about 10 years. I went to art school, but soon realized that I actually liked better to take pictures of what I made, than actually making it. So I started working in a local photography store, earning all the basics about DSLR cameras, developing film etc. Later I went two years at a photo school in Norway, which learned me to tell stories with my images. From there I went on my own missions to photograph tribes and people who do amazing things. In addition to photography, I’m a professional breakdancer and play around 200 theatre performances every year.


Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website in three words?

AR: Clean, easy to navigate, and great content


Q: How often do you typically update your website?

AR: Like every other photographer, I’m way too lazy in updating my website, but with the new liveBooks8, I feel that the barrier to update has become smaller and with the new easy to use interface it’s actually fun!


Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?

AR: I always try to put out my best work, the images I feel stand out in my portfolio. I also try to tell stories. For example, my Tribes portfolio, I have a wide range of pictures, because I feel I need to show all the pictures and not just the five best.

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Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?

AR: My favorite new feature in liveBooks8 is the possibility to easily adjust the image galleries and add new galleries and photos.


Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?

AR: Make it clean, easy to navigate, and tell the world who YOU are!


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September 30th, 2016

A Career in Photo Editing by Lindsay Blatt

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Lindsay Blatt earned a BFA in Photography from Pratt Institute and was honored with the Outstanding Merit in Photography award. Lindsay received a grant from The Brooklyn Arts Councin in support of her large-format photo essay on Brooklyn’s show repairmen, Repair & Shine, which has a solo show at Rabbit Hole Gallery. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, PDN, The Boston Globe’s Big Picture, Feature Shoot, Modern Farmer, and The New York Times. She also owns Archerfish, a full-service film and video production company with clients that include: Etsy, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and Fraunhofer; a non-profit that manufactures plant-based vaccines. She directed and produced the documentary film Herd in Iceland, which won over 15 festival awards and is airing on PBS. A few organizations where Lindsay has worked as a photo editor include: The New York Times, Instagram, UNICEF, Newsweek, and Vogue. She is currently taking on film and video commissions, as well as freelance photo-editing assignments. To see more of her work, visit:

My first role as a photo editor was with Newsweek, where I had the great opportunity to manage the annual special issues magazines. It was a mix of assigning and research, and as the only photo editor, I was able to work closely with the art director to bring a very specific visual voice to each of the publications. My work in film and video has happened alongside what I’ve been doing with print media. It started when I directed and produced the documentary Herd in Iceland, about the horse round-ups that happen each fall. Through the success of the film, I’ve received commissions from some amazing clients in need of documentary promo videos. I’ve just recently wrapped my first TV job, as an Associate Producer for the Showtime series Dark Net.

I am especially proud of the photo series I made while filming Herd in Iceland. I brought my 4×5 with the hope that I’d have some time to make photos, but the days were so packed with filming that there was little time leftover for photos. The few images I did make are a reminder of the experience, and all of the wonderful people I met along the way.

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If you’re starting out in editing, identify the type of stories you’d like to work on and try to get a job at an organization that fits your interests. But also be open to working on something outside of your sphere of knowledge. One of the best projects I worked on was for the Business section of The New York Times, a desk that has a reputation for running stories that are a challenge to illustrate. Working on this feature about India’s beef ban with photographer Tom Jamieson was definitely a career highlight. If you are having a hard time getting a job, start by connecting with photographers you admire and offer your help with story development and editing.

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September 28th, 2016

Andrei S. | Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

18672731We are excited to introduce Andrei to you today! He is one of our great production designers and has been with the team for about nine years. Throughout his time with liveBooks, he has grown to love the feeling of community with his co-workers. Fun fact about Andrei – he has a black cat names Nero!


Quick facts: 
Hometown: Brasov, Romania
Favorite liveBooks Feature: The responsive editor
Favorite T.V. Show: Seinfeld
In his free time, you can often find Andrei….: Riding his bike!

Tuesdays Tip

Diptych and triptych images are here! With the ability to place two or three images side-by-side, your portfolios will now look exactly how you want them to. This new feature to the liveBooks8 platform allows you to place two or three images that can help bring contrast or opposition to your work. Follow these steps to start your diptych and triptych galleries:

  1. Select Design from the navigation bar and navigate to the page that contains your Image Gallery
  2. Select the Page tab at the top of the righthand design panel
  3. Select your Image Gallery from the list of blocks on your page


4. Under the Type section, you must first select the Classic Slideshow option as it is the only gallery type that includes the Visible Items feature


5. Then look for the Visible Items slider below and Choose 1 to 3 images visible per slide. You will also see the Image Spacing area that you can add or remove spacing between the visible items.


6. Select Save and Publish to make it live now! (Your image gallery will look similar to the one below)


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Elizabeth Craig is a Beauty, Boudoir, and Fashion Photographer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work ranges from weddings to portrait photography. She specializes in boudoir photography – capturing ordinary women in extraordinary ways. During her photoshoots, women of all ages are made to feel like super models while having their hair and make-up done professionally. To see Elizabeth’s work, visit her liveBooks8 website:

I am a mother, wife and photographer. My husband taught me everything “photography” 12 years ago. We began shooting weddings together, which we still do today. About 7 years ago, I began photographing beauty and boudoir portraiture and fell in love. This is my primary focus now and I get to live everyday doing what I love.


Q: How would you describe the aesthetic of your website?

EC: Clean and simple. I wanted the focus to be on the photography and nothing else, which is why I hired liveBooks to custom-design my site for me.


Q: How often do you typically update your website?

EC: Usually about 4 to 5 times a year. Sometimes more.


Q: How do you choose the photos that you display on your homepage?

EC: The ones that get an immediate good reaction when seen for the first time. The ones that have a clear and powerful connection in the eyes and that are visually interesting.


Q: What is your favorite new feature of liveBooks8?

EC: Definitely that it has an HTML5 responsive platform and has a very user-friendly site editor. I like that I can get things changed on my site quickly so I can save time. That’s huge.


Q: What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to someone designing their website?

EC: Keep it very simple and all about the photos. Doesn’t matter how awesome your logo is if your photos aren’t being displayed properly! It should be incredibly easy to navigate and clutter-free.


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Living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Joshua Holko is a full-time Professional Nature Photographer who specializes in polar photography. Joshua is a fully accredited AIPP Master of Photography and member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP). He has won countless awards for his photography including being names the 2015 Global Arctic Photographer or the Year.
Joshua is officially represented by Philip Kulpa and the Source Photographica Gallery in Australia and Aspen, Colorado.

To see more of Joshua Holko’s work visit his website:

Photography is at its core a still medium that we use to tell stories. The problem with much of the photography that is referenced in the blog post “Will the Real Landscape Photography Please Stand Up” is that there is no story being told by the photograph. Or rather, the story is one of technical perfection and a pretty picture.

Photography is the art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place or thing. It frequently has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. And that brings us to the art of seeing. An art that is being lost in a sea of technical perfection. Sure it takes technical skill to set up a camera and tripod in a beautiful location with great light and make a pretty picture. It takes artistic skill, however, to create an evocative photograph with emotion and mystery.

Creating images with mystery and emotion starts with seeing with better eyes. Weather, light, and composition all play a vital role in the process but the real emotion is going to come from the story you are trying to tell with your photograph. I wrote in my book review of La Nuit du Cerf (Night of the Deer) about how photography is a subtractive process and what we exclude is often more important than what we include. Photographs are often successfully emotive because of what the photographer chose to exclude, rather than what he or she has included. Giving a sense of something is often far stronger than showing the whole thing. Leave something to the imagination of the viewer in your photographic compositions and you will find your images become stronger, more emotive and mysterious. The story does not have to be completed in a wide-angle frame that encompasses absolutely everything. It is often well worth letting the viewer fill in the blanks in their minds’ eye. After all, no photograph can compete with the stimulated imagination. The more you can fire the imagination of the viewer the more successfully emotive your photograph will become.

I cannot recall who it was who was first quoted as saying “Don’t photograph what it is. Photograph what else it is” but this statement is great advice we should all keep in mind when we are out taking photographs.

I have judged many photographic competitions over the last few years and without a doubt those photographs that are more successful are the ones that tug on my emotional strings. These photographs create a connection with the viewer that is deeper and more meaningful than the feeling a pretty picture might impart.

Learning to see with better eyes takes time but is something we can train ourselves to do. Looking at photography books or attending galleries (not just photographic galleries) and exhibitions are two good ways to improve your vision. Look at how other photographers whom you admire interpreted a scene or subject and analyze what it is that created the connection for you to the work. Think about what is is you are trying to say with your photography before you click the shutter. I frequently ask workshop participants what their photograph is about when they ask for feedback on their images – I often receive a blank stare in return. If the photograph doesn’t know what the image is about, how is the viewer supposed to know? It might be a photograph of a Penguin and that well be the answer, but the real answer should be about what the photographer is trying to say about the subject.

Lets look at this photograph of mine on Gentoo Penguins in the sea ice near the entrance to the Lemaire Channel in Antarctica as an example. This photograph is about “being left behind”. It tells the story of the Gentoo Penguins in their environment. We know (even though they are small in the frame) that there are penguins because of their distinctive shape. We know they are in Antarctica because of the giant icebergs in the background. We know they are in their natural environment as they are walking across the sea ice. Yet, it is that one lone penguin that is lagging behind that creates the emotion in the photograph. When this photograph was judged at the 2014 APPA Awards, the judges giggled and commented about the story being told. The mere fact the photograph elicited giggles speaks to the emotive content. The photograph subsequently received a Gold Award.


Now, if you put your thumb over the screen and cover up that lagging penguin then suddenly the story is now nowhere near as strong and the real power and emotion of the photograph is gone.

The same applies to the overall composition of this photograph. To the left of the large iceberg just out of frame is a large island. To the right-hand side is a mountainous peak, likewise just out frame but neither of these elements are important to the photograph so I excluded them to simplify the frame and distill it down the essence of what I wanted the photograph to be about. I wanted to tell the story about the penguins on the ice with the little feller playing catch-up. Excluding these extraneous elements not only cleaned up the frame, but it also left the imagination to fill in the blanks about what might lie just to the left and right. Our mind’s eye fills in the blanks and at least in my own case, I imagine the sea ice continually stretching out in both directions. This is far stronger than seeing the Island and mountain that are just out of frame.

Learning to see with better eyes is a core aspect to creating emotion in your imagery. Learning to use the elements available is another. Those who have travelled with me to the Polar regions know I relish bad weather. Snow, blizzards, and dramatic weather provides the perfect canvas to create emotive imagery. It doesn’t have to be Polar though – a breaking rain storm or the edge of weather will almost always provide an opportunity to tell an emotive story. The take-away to remember is that the weather provides only some of the feeling and drama to the photograph. It is your composition and choice of what you include and exclude that is going to tell the story. Remember, like all good stories, a photograph should leave the viewer wanting more. That is the key to getting emotion and mystery into your photographs.


September 21st, 2016

Gabriel B. | Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

80514720 We are happy to introduce Gabriel, one of our outstanding Production Designers! He has been with liveBooks for almost 9 years now. He loves the work he does and he has his colleagues to help keep him inspired each and everyday! He loves being with other people and on his free time, you can usually catch him laughing with friends, watching a movie, playing video games or cycling.

Quick Facts: 
Hometown: Brasov, Romania
Favorite liveBooks Feature: The Items and Simple List widgets, which allow users to easily create pages with a nice design and utility.
Pets: A cat names Dicky!
You will never catch Gabriel without…: His glasses (mostly because he can’t see much without them!)
Favorite Quote: “Someone once told me that the power in all relationships lies with whoever cares less and he was right. But power isn’t happiness and I think that maybe happiness comes from caring more about people rather than less”


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Tuesdays Tip

Have you been wondering what a portfolio landing page is? This simple list tool helps your viewers see a glimpse into your portfolios before actually clicking into the portfolios themselves. If you are a travel photographer, you may choose to have your photograph of Machu Picchu represent your “Peru” portfolio while having the Eiffel Tower represent your “France” portfolio. Whichever type of photography you choose to display on your liveBooks8 site, know that this tool is a great resource to help streamline your viewer’s choices and help them navigate your website more easily.

Check out this and more of our liveBooks8 tutorials on our YouTube and Vimeo  channels now!

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