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“Why does this book cost so much more than that previous book?”

Here is a question I’ve been asked a few times, so I thought I’d answer that.
The answer is really simple, the larger the filesize of an ebook is or the number of pages a printed book is the more it cuts into what I’m left with.

There are some thresholds that I have to be within. For a printed book there is a base cost of printing and this increases with the number of pages.
For ebooks it works the same way, the larger the filesize of the ebook is the more Amazon deducts from what they pay out.

My newest paperback is 92 pages, the first I gave out was 38 pages. That should explain it?


 
I try to set the price of the books so that I earnings are more of less about the same amount of money from each book. I’m not increasing price on my books due to I’m selling more, but for the simple reason the last few books I’ve published have contained more material.

My newest book, the first one of 2017, is from the trips Sinba had to Norway in 2015

The Adventures of Sinba: Norway

Die Abenteuer von Sinba: Norwegen

And if anyone are curious if the tittle indicates that this will be a series, then yes 🙂
I have plans for at least 2 more. Later this year I hope to have one from our trip to Gran Canaria

 

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Naked Latvia – Hardcover book – now available on Amazon

Naked Latvia – a hardcover book – now available on Amazon

The development and progress Kenneth Gjesdal, a portrait photographer, has achieved over 3 years (2013 – 2015) working with amazing talented and beautiful models from Latvia.

Naked Latvia

Out now on Amazon
ISBN-10: 1367173469

 

I’ve been to Latvia twice a year since 2013, and in addition had one model visiting me twice in 2015. During the first few trips I attended workshops. Lately I’ve been working on my own or with a fellow photographer.

In this book I’d like to show the progress and changes I’ve made over the last 3 years, doing portrait photography. I photograph and/or edit every day; there might be days when I don’t, but these are few. I like to try out new editing techniques so there are a lot of different styles and hopefully: progress.

Wrote about it in when I started working on it, and that was also my last post in Norwegian. Working title was Riga I – IV

I would like to thank you for your interest in my work and if you have any comments I would very much like to hear from you.
Reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are highly appreciated, my facebook page or in an e-mail:
kenneth@gjesdal.org

If you’d like to suggest some form of co-operation, please drop me a line.

With love

Kenneth Gjesdal

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Back from another photography trip to Riga, Latvia

My goal originally was to complete my photography book from my trips to Riga before I returned, but the work takes a little longer than I expected, not that I’m in a very much of a hurry, but I did had hoped to bring copies with me. I expect I’m roughly halfway done, or perhaps a bit further. I will not include any work from this trip in the book, nor will I edit many of them before I’ve completed the book… That is a goal at least, I’m known to keep such “promises” I tell myself 🙂

Although he wasn’t with me physical on this trip, my good friend George Groot, is in many ways “responsible” for this trip as not only did he introduce me with two of the models I was lucky to work with, but he also gave me a tip on a photography studio I hadn’t heard of before; Yeko Photo Studio. I used the studio twice during the stay. Was very happy with the results and service I got.

Model: Sinba

Model: Sinba
MUA & Stylist: Ramona Lazda
Shot in studio

Model: Lita Lote

Model: Lita Lote
Model: Lita Lote
MUA & Stylist: Ramona Lazda & Linda Akmenlauka
Shot in Studio

While I was there another photography friend of mine was also in Riga and shot in another studio, we didn’t work together this time, but we met each evening and talked about what we both had done and looked over a few unprocessed photos, but mainly we just went out and had a meal and could talk photography for hours without anyone presents getting bored out of their minds 🙂

The photos I didn’t shoot in the studio was shot in the apartment I rented. I prefer renting apartments instead of hotels, not only do I find hotels boring and too predictable, but I do prefer to have a bit more room. I like to walk to the kitchen and make myself something to eat in the evening, and then walk to another room and eat it, not sitting in one tiny (or sometimes not so tiny, but still just one or two rooms). The cost of renting an apartment in Riga is way less than a hotelroom cost back home so…
How do I find apartments you might ask. Lately I’ve used Airbnb (if you use this link you’ll get a discount when you book with them, and so do I 🙂

 

Model: Candice

Model: Candice
MUA & Stylist: Linda Akmenlauka
Shot in apartment

 

Model: AliseElf

Model: AliseElf
MUA & Stylist: Linda Akmenlauka
Shot in apartment

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Bokprosjekt – “Riga I – VI”

I august 2013 dro jeg til Riga i Latvia for å lære meg å fotografere mennesker. Jeg deltok som eneste deltager på en workshop, for å lære som fotograf å jobbe med mennesker. Før dette hadde jeg i svært liten grad tatt bilder av mennesker, men heller fokusert på landskaper.

Tiden var nå inne for å utfordre meg selv kraftig. Jeg søkte og fikk tildelt et kulturstipend fra Lund kommune, og dette gjorde at jeg kunne returnere til Riga sent i desember 2013 for videre opplæring.

Jeg har vært tilbake i Riga to ganger i året siden da, og hatt besøk av en modell fra Latvia to ganger. De siste gangene har det vært lite med workshops, men mer jobbing på egenhånd med modeller og make-up artister.

Jeg vil gjennom denne boka prøve å vise utviklingen både når det gjelder det å ta et bra bilde, og prosessen i etterkant.

Jeg vil inkludere bilder som ikke er blitt vist før. Teksten i boka vil bli på engelsk.

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Modell fra Riga på besøk

Etter siste tur til Riga tenkte jeg at det ville vært interessant å fått litt mer enn bare noen timer med en modell og reist litt rundt i distriktet hvor jeg bor. Jeg fant en helg det passet for meg og ønsket å jobbe med en modell fra Latvia jeg alt har jobbet med som hadde lyst og mulighet til å fly til Sola.

Sinba

Tatt i studio i Riga, 2015
Model: Sinba
MUA & Stylist: Ramona Lazda & Linda Akmenlauka

Å si at jeg var litt nervøs for hvordan været kunne bli er å si det veldig forsiktig…

Vi reiste til Sverd i Fjell for å ta noen bilder med litt lokal forankring før vi dro og spiste middag. Tenkte at hu gjerne ville prøve hval og det falt i smak 🙂
Etterpå tok vi noen bilder på hotellet.

Sverd i fjell

Sverd i fjell
Model: Sinba

Sinba - War bonnet

Stavanger
Model: Sinba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lørdagen kom med veldig surt vær, vi kjørte til Moi, med et par stans underveis, tok en kopp kaffe hjemme hos oss. Etterpå kjørte vi i et kraftig regnvær, med litt torden mot Byrkjedalstunet hvor vi skulle overnatte.

Nedenfor Månafossen

Etter vi hadde vært oppe med Månafossen gikk vi ut i elva og tok noen bilder nedenfor

Sinba sin ide å krysse elva...

Eksempel på hva en må gjøre for å få bilder… Vannet var kaldt og var litt bekymret for å falle på de glatte steinene med kamera..

Været var ikke noe særlig bra, men vi satte kursen mot Månafossen, hvor jeg tenkte vi kunne få noen ok bilder om regnet gav seg, og det gjorde det faktisk med en gang vi kom inn i Frafjord. Med Latvia som er, etter det jeg har sett, flatere enn Danmark, så tenkte jeg at det kunne være kjekt for Sinba å se slikt landskap. Det var det jammen og, hu klatret opp til Månafossen som om hu ikke hadde gjort noe annet og tok bilder med sitt kamera av naturen under hele turen.

 

Sinba i Gloppedalsura

Sinba i Gloppedalsura

Søndag våknet vi til kjempeflott sol, vi tok noen bilder ved Byrkjedalstunet før vi dro til Jæren (Bryne) og Orrestranda før jeg kjørte henne til flyplassen. «Don’t send me back!» sa Sinba med et smil da jeg spurte om hu hadde hatt det greit.

Sinba forstod plutselig hva jeg mente med "vannet er kaldt i sjøen her"

På vei mot stranda fortalte jeg at strendene er like fine som de de har i Latvia, men bare mye kaldere om sommeren. Plutselig forstod hu hva jeg mente… 🙂

Sinba

Model: Sinba

Siste bilde for denne gang

Siste bilde fra besøket
Model: Sinba

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