What's The Ideal Orientation For Your Book?

Horizontal, vertical, or square? It can be challenging to decide what orientation is ideal for your photo book.
In cases where all images share the same orientation, choose the same orientation for your book; a horizontal book for horizontal images, a vertical book for vertical images, a square book for square images. (If you’re concerned about how a book fits on shelves at book stores, use square formats cautiously and choose size accordingly.)
If the orientation of the images in a book is mixed, consider two approaches.
If a majority of the images in a book share a common orientation, choose that orientation.
Or, if you want to give all images equal opportunity for size and surrounding space, choose square for the most orientation neutral format.
When in doubt, remember that vertical books generally fit in people’s hands more easily.
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How To Discover Qualities With Adjectives And Adverbs


This article is part of a series …

Take Inventory With Nouns.

Discover Qualities With Adjectives And Adverbs.

Identify Actions With Verbs.


Develop the habit of making lists and you’ll dramatically sharpen your powers of observation and retention. (We’re 72% more likely to remember and act on what we write down.)

After you identify the things (nouns) and actions (verbs) in your environment, identify the qualities of those things (adjectives). (Notice that if this was worded as a question, we’ve moved from “What is it?” or “What is happening?” to “How does it feel?”)

Savor your subjects with all of your senses; sight, sound, touch, smell, taste. Note all of those qualities. The things that are not seen but nevertheless sensed may be the very things that separate your images from another, they may even be what they are about (not of).

Go beyond observing the world outside you to include the world inside you. Your associations – memories, emotions, ideas, connections – are often the very things that make your images unique. Invest more of yourself in your images and make them more your own. There’s a dramatic difference between an angle of view and a point of view. An angle of view can be duplicated; a point of view can be shared but never truly copied.

You may not be able to duplicate these responses for viewers of your still images but you can allude to them and having identified them will make your experience richer and your perspective deeper. The difference will be felt by viewers of your images – and your images will bring back more memories for you.

You may be able to use all the words you gather in your lists for another purpose – crafting words. If you are called to speak or write about your images you’ll have a lot of raw material to work with.

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Paper Won’t Feed

The paper won’t feed. It jams or feeds through without printing.

Make sure your paper is seated correctly in the printer.


Setting for Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper on Manual Rear.


Setting for Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper on Manual Rear.

Check your Paper Feed setting and if the problem persists, adjust the Platen Gap.


Thicker papers need to be fed with the Manual Rear option. Make sure you’re using it and you’ve specified this in the printer driver. You may still need to adjust the Platen Gap to a wider setting for thicker media (like Epson Exhibition Fiber Fine Art Paper). Many thicker papers will tend to jam when feeding them in bulk. You may need to feed them one at a time. Sometimes, you even need to give the paper a gentle nudge when the printer first feeds it.

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