The photos used in your book need to be the best quality you can get, especially if you want to avoid additional costs at the production stage.
“High resolution” 300 dpi in a large size photo.
Size The rule of thumb is: You can reduce the size (and still have excellent quality) but you cannot increase the size (the photo will become fuzzy, grainy etc).
Size is figured in pixels. If you ask for 300 dpi @ 8.5 x 11, you will get the number of pixels needed for a good “high resolution” photo, 8.5″ x 11″. This allows you to print in the same or in smaller sizes (for example, 7″ x 7″ or 5″ x 8″).
8.5″ x 11″ is the largest Industry Standard trim size for full-color books. You can choose your own Custom size (for example, 11″ x 8.5″) but your distribution options are more limited.
The lighting needs to be good and it needs to be even.
The photo needs to be taken straight on for artwork reproductions (to create a symmetrical square or rectangular shape on the page without additional editing work – expensive).
The camera should be high quality with good lenses.
Go to ASSISTANCE for all aspects of finalizing and publishing your work that SRP can help you with.
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