Asked to write a "how to". Need opinions
A publisher over in the east bay contacted us about writing a how to book on food photography. My initial response was the world doesn't need another one. After many an argument with my agent, I decided to meet with the publisher this morning to discuss it.
The idea they have is as unoriginal as every food photography book I've seen. Spend 50 pages going over shutter speed, iso, f stop, and white balance and never giving the reader any idea of how to get good pics.
My reaction was what is really needed is a one page sample complete with put camera here, use these settings, put light here, use these settings, boom you're done.
Of course the publisher would have a tough job selling a one page how to that actually works and continued to push the idea of regurgitating what has already been done a thousand times.
If you were going to write a how to book on changing a light bulb, do you really need 50 pages on how the electric company generates power and sends it to your house? Of course not, you want to know how to change the light. How it works is irrelevant.
I feel this way with any how to. Tell me how to do it and leave all the "talk" to those who care about why it works.
When leaving the publisher, my agent tells me that I should be beaten with a rubber hose for trying to ruin a deal to make money, but the whole thing makes no sense to me.
So I figured that I would ask here on the forum. Do we really need yet another book going over shutter speed, f stop, iso, white balance, and that is before the ending where I would be debating elements vs lightroom vs photoshop.
Or is a simple one page diagram with specific settings more useful? I could maybe stretch it into two pages if I tell people how to get more or less depth, more or less light simply without going into the whole this is why it works.