Welcome back to Books, Baths & Boobs!
If you´re new here and haven´t a clue what this is all about- Don´t worry. I´ve got you covered. Books, Baths & Boobs is an 8 – day blog theme where I recreate popular Bookstagram images.
Today it´s time to talk about outdoor Bookstagram shots.
There´s a reason why almost every Bookstagrammer has done this type of book feature- Because it´s easy. You pick a book, go outside and that´s about it. Whether or not you want to include yourself in the feature or not… is totally up to you- As long as you´re showing off a sky, some grass and maybe a bush/tree… you´re creating outdoor content.
The most difficult part of this experiment for me was picking the right image to recreate. Since there isn´t a shortage of outdoor book features I spent half a day deciding on what would be the easiest image for me to copy. I finally settled for this simple yet pretty book feature done by Bookstagrammer tiffysbookshelf.
A classic beauty. Isn´t it pretty? This type of book feature will always receive my approval because it´s all about the book. What this image is saying is
“Hey, look at the book I just read/purchased. You should / shouldn´t read this book.” ( among other things )
Well, I ditched the bathrobe, got dressed, grabbed a book and took a deep breath before stepping foot into the seven pits of hell ( was 37°C outside ).
Voila! The first recreation that didn´t tick me off.
Lucky for me- I have book #1 from the series the Bookstagrammer featured. I recently purchased `Begin Again` ( Again #1 ), a New Adult, Romance by author Mona Kasten, so I had that. The original image shows book #4.
How I Recreated @tiffysbookshelf ´s Bookstagram Feature
#1 Preparing for the image. The original image shows a little bit of arm, a thumb( with a painted fingernail ), a watch, nature and a book. I dug up my wrist watch, painted my thumb nail with nail polish ( since the thumb is the only visible finger in the image ) and, just for shits and giggles, covered my tattoos. I have tattoos around my whole wrist and the Bookstagrammer I copied from didn´t seem to have any visible ink so… tons of concealer was used ( which you can see in my copied version above )
#2 Finding the right spot and angle. Finding trees or bushes isn´t a problem. Finding the right angle can be difficult, though. Holding a book with your arm stretched out for a few minutes: Puuh. Tilting the book in that position ever so slightly: UUGH. Your arm begins to feel like lead pretty quick.
#3 This feature doesn´t require much time. I think I spent a total of 20 minutes outside. Which is not too shabby. Compared to the 2 hours I spent with the Books & Coffee recreation, this was a nice walk in the park.
On the plus side...
Thanks to the natural light there wasn´t any use for filters. Nature offers some vibrant colors that give off nice contrasts. The only thing I did was try to blur out the house on the left side of the pic ( which you can still see a little ) and crop the image.
Aside from a few differences, I don´t think I can complain much. This Book & Outdoor feature was fun and easy to recreate.
Would I recommend doing this Bookstagram theme? I would. Using the Book & Outdoor theme is a great way to give books some spotlight. The focus is on the book. There´s nothing else in the image that can distract from the book. Simple and easy- Just the way I like it.
What do you think about Books & Outdoor Bookstagram images? Do you like / dislike them? Was this experiment a failure or a success? Drop a comment below with your thoughts. I´d love to chat. ❤
Thank you for reading this blog post. I hope you enjoyed.