Photo Vomit [17]: Book Photographs


This week’s post may come across as random shots of book photos. And you might just be right. When I decided to do Photo Vomit on the blog, I didn’t really have any set of rules. It doesn’t  follow a theme. I mean, I’m making it up as I go.  I pretty much post whatever pictures I want as long as they’re book-related/inspired. I haven’t done too many of these. But from what I can remember, my themes have always been sporadic.

Incidentally, I know Photo Vomit is a feature on the blog, but I can bet you anything there are similar concepts out there. Just in case someone actually tells me to cease and desist.


Back to my post, I took  these pictures a while ago on a day when I was fiddling with my camera; trying to see how close I could shoot without making out with my subjects. I thought they turned out well.

If you’re wondering what kind of camera I use, these were taken with my Nikon D3100. This particular camera has been with me for a while and is still a favourite of mine even though it’s broken. It won’t let me use the view finder to take pictures. Mostly, I use the screen. I’m surprise it still works however limited.

Lately, I’ve been rethinking about the photos that accompany most of my book reviews. I try to present it in such a way that would attract my readers’ eyes – ala Tumblr. Sometimes, it’s a little tough to do, because I’m never going to like every book that I read. And taking a beautiful picture of it while I yammer on about how awful the book was, makes me feel dumb.


I’m not an experienced photographer. Mostly, I like taking close up shots. I refuse to read the manual that came with my camera, so most of the time, I’m a bumbling fool. I just bought a new one for traveling since it’s much more compact and slimmer than the D3100. Well, I won’t bother you with all my idiosyncrasies, but do you dabble in photography?

What captured your eye this week?

  • I love your photographs <3 And the close up ones where some things in the background are blurred slightly? I love it ^^ I do dabble in photography but it's just fun. I don't have a proper camera, and I just like doing it. Maybe I will share some of my own on the blog as well or not? Not sure yet ^^

  • I don’t like to read the manuals either… where is the fun in that! Great shots though. Glad you are figuring it a ll out.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • I love your photography. 😀 And I own a DSLR myself, it’s a Nikon D5100, though I don’t use it much, except for parties and trips. Instagram is my new outlet for photography. I use both my Nikon and my phone to take shots, but it’s easier to use the phone as it already has the fixed box size. 😀

    • I don’t even bring my cameras when we go on trips. Mostly, I use my phone. 🙂

      Thanks, Blessie!

  • I really like your photography, Joy! It’s captivating.
    I used to take photos as a means of recording things I didn’t want to forget, but I don’t do it so much now- being on Instagram has been so fun, though, editing and choosing what to shoot a picture of. I really like that, though when it comes to cameras I just forget to bring them along, or don’t want to risk missing out on a moment by going to grab one.
    I have that same edition of A Wrinkle in Time! It’s one of my absolute favourites. x

    • Thank you, Romi! Nowadays, there are so many fantastic photographers on Instagram. So it’s easy to find ideas out there.

  • Joy all your photos are absolutely amazing! I love seeing them all pop up in my feed on Instagram! I can’t wait to see more of your pictures soon! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • I mostly only take pics of my kids and have a point and shoot, but wouldn’t mind taking some classes

  • I love seeing all your pictures Joy 😀 You are amazing. <3 Such stunning photographs 🙂 Thank you for always sharing and being awesome. <3

  • I love photo vomit! I’ve been thinking about doing the same lately, taking photos for my book reviews and making it a more personal experience. I’d love to get a better camera, rather my Nikon point and shoot one. Your photos are always gorgeous Joy, I’d love a few hints and tips. Or recommendations on a new camera <3

    • Oh geez. I don’t know anything about cameras. I have no patience to learn and/or read the manuals. Lol. But thank you, and you should!

  • I had just been thinking about asking what kind of camera you use, since your pictures always look so good. I admit I’d like to seriously try to take pictures, but I just get lazy. I’d like to borrow my mom’s camera–she’s got something fancy, I couldn’t tell you what exactly–and the pictures always turn out better with it, but there’s no comparison with the ease of using the built-in camera on my iPad. I can take the picture, edit it if I need to, and then put it in my posts without ever changing device. Maybe one day, though, since I’m pretty envious of others and their gorgeous pictures. 🙂

  • I love how even your photos are in terms of color. I use a mix of sun and flash to improve the clarity but if there isn’t enough light the photo becomes overexposed. This works in my favor sometimes but usually it looks ssssooooooo bad. Probably because I don’t actually have a real camera – I’m getting by with my phone.


    • I love using my iPhone too, as long as it’s on the right light. 🙂

  • You’re an expert at taking photography 🙂 My sister wanted to buy my a professional camera for my birthday, but I’m happy with my iphone xD It’s cool that you know how to work one as well, Great pictures overall Joy!

  • I take pictures with my phone and so I admire the extra effort used in taking shots with an actual camera. Great shots, Joy! 🙂

  • I’m horrible at picture taking and setting up shots and whatnot, but lately I’m really enjoying it! I’m trying to add a little bit of my newb-ish photography into my blog, but I really enjoyed these photos! It’s good to hear your favorite camera is still working even though the viewfinder is dead. Hope the new camera works out well for ya!

  • I really like your photos, Joy! You say you are not an expert at taking them, but whenever I see your photos, it feels like I’m looking at shots taken by veteran photographers whose photos are in exhibits. More, more, more! And make an instagram account to post there!!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • You say you’re not an experienced photographer but I think you’ve really got an eye for great pictures! I love every photo you take!

  • I only WISH to have a cool camera like that and then if I dId I’d have to have actual physical books to take a picture of. The ones on my Kindle probably wouldn’t come out right. I love your pics Joy!:)

  • I love seeing book photographs! Mine are not the best and certainly not the most eye-catching, but I’m learning as I go on 🙂 Love your photos, Joy!

  • I don’t have a pro camera but I do have an interest in photography. It’s always interesting to explore different angles and lighting and then edit the photos afterwards. You do take really good photos though Joy, you have a real knack for it. Thanks for sharing them!

  • I’ve dabbled a LONG time ago but I don’t really do anything you’d say was aesthetically pleasing now. LOL I love the title and pics on this post!

  • Oh psh! I love your book photos and you do take fantastic ones! Tips! Tips!

    I take meh ones, I follow the light and utilize a LOT of filters and enhancements. Still it doesn’t compare to yours.

  • These photos are every readers wet dream, lol! I really like this feature on your blog and you should definitely continue to post photos, even from books you didn’t like.

  • I love photography and books so i’ve always combined my two passions and taken photos of books to utilize my full potential 😉 I’m so incredibly happy someone else loves taking bookish photos using their DSLR…it’s so easy for people nowadays to snap a quick picture with their phone in the spur of the moment. But taking out a proper camera and taking the time to set up a proper shot to create ‘art’, is timeless.

  • Book photography on point! Great that your using your DSLR to take photos, love this feature!

    Happy Reading & Weekend 🙂

  • I always love seeing all your photos so bring them on! Gorgeous and seriously, I never get tired of seeing books. 😉

  • If you like taking close-up shots Joy, you should look into getting a macro lens! I’m obsessed with mine because I can get less than an inch away from something and take fun abstract photos of everyday objects. Your photos are gorgeous, you do a beautiful job, broken camera or not!

  • Great shots! I’m still trying to get to the point where I can take at least decent bookish photos!

  • Ksenia

    I love this feature, Joy, and I haven’t seen similar concepts out there. Photography is my passion, too, though I’m not a professional at all. I absolutely love that you make your own pictures of books; I’ve already told you this. I wish I could do it on my blog, but I read e-books, so I mostly take pictures of my kids. I have Nicon D80, but when dealing with kids it’s often my iPhone that I use, because it’s nearby, and this funny moment I want to capture very short-lived.

    As for the pictures of books that you didn’t like, I think you should do them too. Sometimes a negative review can urge me to pick up a book, especially if reviewer not just rage and rant but makes his points about what specifically he didn’t like in this book.

  • RO

    Mad props for having a camera and actually using it! (lol) Most of us just snap a quick pic with a phone and zap, done. I think taking time to capture something that’s important to be forever immortalized is an art. So while you see it as bumbling around, the rest of us see you as a photographer who specializes in “up close art”. I think this is a totally neat way for us to see the book titles, too. Hugs and happy weekend! Ro

  • I totally understand how you feel, Joy! Lately I’ve been adding book photos to my reviews as well, even the negative ones. Another struggle is if I read it in ebook form… I’m no professional either and just take photos with my iPhone, but I enjoy doing it so I’ll keep it up. 🙂

  • Awesome shots 🙂 I do love my camera but I want a better one

  • My goodness, no. I am seriously aesthetically challenged so it’s best that I stay away from photography altogether. I just take pictures with my phone, that’s as far as I go. I’m not a visual person at all, not in the least.

  • I think it’s always nice to feature different pictures of your books with your reviews mainly as they’re always really pretty. I know another person who does that and I just love that too.