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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:

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

With love

Kenneth Gjesdal

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Location portrait photography

Location portrait photography vs studio portrait photography

Advantages of Location based vs Studio based photography

Advantages of location based portrait photography

  • unique looks, but does demand one search out new locations or use them in different ways / angles
  • easier for client or model to relax. An empty studio with few, if any, things to interact with can be a bit intimidating
  • the light outdoor can give one a lot variation to the results, all depending on the time of day, season and weather
  • the cost. If one does not have a studio freely available, then there is the advantage of don’t have to pay to rent a studio
  • unexpected sets (can of course also be an disadvantage, if sets are not as expected)*
  • Locations can add interesting structure or provide “natural” props*

Advantages of studio based portrait photography

  • control of light is much easier in a studio and if one really know what look one wants, then studio is a very good choice as everything can be controlled
  • weather is not a factor one needs to take into consideration
  • privacy is not an issue if one works in a studio. Not everyone feel comfortable if a lot of people stare at them, so being indoors can help
  • no need to drag all equipment with you. If you have a lot of lenses and props you want to use in a shoot or not quite sure what to use, it can be a bit difficult to leave something behind
  • shorter way*

* = expanded based on feedback 🙂

I do spend quite a lot of time doing location scouting. What I normally look for is somewhere with a new, distinctive look, as secluded as possible, but not too far to walk. I do have a lot of equipment at times and the client or model also often bring with them a number of items, change of outfits, make-up, water etc.

Some examples of location portrait photography

Here is the place the example photos were taken. I’ve used this spot quite a lot last few years.
It’s not too far from where I live and it’s very close to the main road, but quite secluded in the summer time. Only negative with this place is that it is quite cold as it’s shaded by the mountains most of the day.

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