Photographs of books in prospectuses, websites and booksellers’ catalogues are frequently used to help sell fine press books but often the quality of the images do not do the books justice. So I asked amateur photographer John Sellars if he would share some of his tips and tricks for producing beguiling images of books, and as it turns out, there’s a lot you can do with an inexpensive camera and a simple lamp.

Read John’s short guide to photographing books here.

John Sellars teaches Philosophy at the University of the West of England, is a member of Wolfson College, Oxford, and a collector of philosophical books dating from the 16th century. Part of his passion for collecting is manifest in the photographs he takes of his books which he shares with the world via Flickr. Many of his images are infused with an appealing Renaissance light and show a love of detail in printing, illustration, and binding.

John’s article is the second in a series of occasional Guest Posts to be featured on the FPBA blog. If you have an idea for a Guest Post, we’d love to hear about it. Please address it to Paul Razzell at NAEditor [at] FPBA [dot] com.