Night Light Zine

Following on from my last blog post about making zines, the animal based zine who shan’t be named, I went on a mission to make a more affordable B&W zine with Lulu.com.

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Rather than hum and haw over a concept I regurgitated my second ever Blurb test book Night Light. Night Light was all about night time infrared flash photography and it was a lot of fun to make those photos because I didn’t really know what I was going to get.

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The initial proof from Lulu.com didn’t look that great, the images looked really flat and didn’t sit well with the print quality. It turns out that the JPEGs I got from the camera were horrible or had a horrible colour profile because I after I converted the images to CMYK in Photoshop and adjust the levels they looked much better.

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The initial proof book was 70 pages but it was just too much, I wanted it to be claustrophobic but it was just monotonous and the double page spreads didn’t work with the tight ‘perfect binding’. I shook this up and decided to frame each picture with a simple white border and crop the photos down to their essence and I think it looks better.

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The second proof had good enough contrast but even though the print quality of the book type I chose, paper and printing, wasn’t top of the line it has the zine aesthetic and I think it works OK.

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So the Lulu.com options I chose was Premium Paperback, A5 and printed as Black and White. The cost came down to £2.70 for the final edition making it £5.69 including postage and much more affordable.

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I was chatting with friends about contacting local printers after chatting briefly on twitter with Dan Domme about his zine Burrito Massacre. He described in a podcast that that’s how he produced his latest zine after starting off photocopying and binding his first issues. I’ll likely take that further once I’ve paid off my OMD EM10.

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Here’s my customary video:


 
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