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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Writing a Book

Posted May 12, 2011 9:54 a.m. EDT
Updated May 12, 2011 9:57 a.m. EDT

How many of you have ever dreamed of writing or putting a book together? What would you like to write about? Please share your stories. 

WRAL production crew member Jeff Reeves wowed all of us this week with his book on Australia. Jeff recently returned from a two week trip to the land down under. He snapped hundreds of photographs and captured an incredible array of scenery. What was he going to do with all those images? Well, Jeff decided he wanted a permanent keepsake for the trip to Sydney, Cairns, The Great Barrier Reef and Melbourne. Using IPhoto software on his home computer Jeff self-published a book. The 100 page hardbound compilation including text and 240 photos was ready in less than a week and looks like something you would pay top dollar for at a major book store. Jeff ordered two copies – one for his family and the other for his own coffee table. Each volume cost about $100. That’s not cheap but it’s a small price to pay for something so meaningful. 

It helps to be a great photographer. Jeff worked on my Blue Ridge Reunion book project three years ago as the chief photographer. He has great gear including a Canon 5D Mark II camera and an assortment of professional lenses. He also used a Polaroid Land Camera which I thought was quite interesting. In addition Jeff has an excellent eye for composition and he’s meticulous when it comes to lighting. I do find it most impressive that he was able to put together such a fine product without taking a tripod for the trip. 

Congratulations Jeff on a wonderful keepsake. I can’t wait to see your book on next year’s trip to Rome!