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Suprada Urval
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Note: Part I here Part II : Setting up a development environment for sofobomo.com The question is, as a one-person team of sofobmo.com (until 2016 – when Matt joined me … Hi Matt!), how did I set up http://www.sofobomo.com, and how have I managed,…

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Part I :A History of sofobomo.com (the second SoFoBoMo that is…) For as long as I have been running SoFoBoMo 2.0… That’s not a good way to start this post is it? Let me try again… I made the decision to restart SoFoBoMo (or start SoFoBoMo 2.0) back in…

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“ Everything without exception requires additional energy in order to maintain itself, ” – Kevin Kelly in The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future Everything requires additional energy, including habits. In the…

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I am back to an old obsession – recording audiobooks for librivox. Of late, in the past 6 months or so, wherever I turn, there are references to Stoic philosophy. It is a background hum which has now reached a crescendo. I have read “Meditations” by…

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If you are an athlete, or one of those humans who, for fun, engage in one or many masochistic activities that make you “feel the burn”, or “feel the pump” or “hit the wall”, you will know what I am talking about. What do you do when you feel the burn? Do…

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  The making of my Sofobomo 2016 photo book, just like years past, was a struggle – in finding a good subject to worth an entire book of 35 photographs. For those of you unfamiliar with SoFoBoMo, it is a photography challenge where photographers all over…

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This is a fantasy tale of a slightly different sort – not your regular “protagonist beats up evil person in epic battle”. It is more real, more tender, more inward-looking, more fantastic, lyrical. Vanessa has done a great job with the world-building –…

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SoFoBoMo 2016 starts today

Today is the BIG day!

Solo Photo Book Month 2016 is starting today. For SoFoBoMo 2016 we’ll be running a “fuzzy month” of 31 days during July and August, just like last year.

Everyone keeps asking:

So... creating a photo book. What do I shoot? Why should I invest the time? How does this actually help me in my photography? What…why…how?

To answer your questions let’s look at the easiest answers for your questions.

What do you shoot? Shoot what you LOVE! This book doesn’t need to be for anyone other than yourself. You should shoot what moves you and share it with those that get an emotional response to your work.

Why should you invest the time? Because it will make you a better photographer! In a world where we never seem to have enough time to do the things we want, we’ll only need a few days. After all, if you can’t afford a few days for this project, what and when are you actually shooting? And who is appreciating your work if you aren’t publishing it?

How does this actually help you in your photograpy? You can focus on a single theme. You can learn to shoot a series of images that tell a story. You will get better at selecting your best work. You will learn something about yourself.

We're excited to see what great ideas everyone comes up with this year. Each year you all come up with some of the most unique and inspiring concepts. We expect nothing less from you this year. Just look at all the beautiful photo books photographers have produced over the years and get inspired.

I have run SoFoBoMo (2)from 2014, after taking over from Paul Butzi and team who ran from 2009-2011. I hope you will sign up, and join me, Matt and other SoFoBoMo-ers today at www.sofobomo.com

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This month, I am experimenting with First hour – screen-free hour. No laptops, e-readers, and especially my phone for the first hour after I wake up every morning in the month of July. The only exception to this is that I can use my phone to turn off the…

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Here is my reading log from March 2016. I was back to my usual reading of so much fiction. I have two recommendations from this month. The first is the audio book I listened to while driving Goals: Setting And Achieving Them On Schedule by Zig Ziglar.…
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