Tutorial: Using ISSUU to make and publish your photography magazine

I use ISSUU to make a collection of my work to become a photo magazine. ISSUU is very simple to use, just sign up and upload your file, the website will convert your pdf file to have the magazine flipping effect, it’s really cool!

At first, I don’t know how to design a magazine cover or edit the magazine content. I searched on google see if there is tutorial about making an online magazine or a free template to use. But the source is not much, although there are good softwares that you can purchase for making an professional looking online magazine. But if you are like me, just want to try out this new cool thing then purchasing an $400 software is no a good idea.

Guess what is my solution?! I have a few magazine lay on my shelf, I had a glance of them. I thought it wouldn’t be difficult to “manual” making one. I’m good at Photoshop, so why not do in photoshop? There is an function to convert the images to a PDF file, so I make every page of the magazine in Photoshop and then convert them to PDF files. You can use illustrator or any other software you feel easy and comfortable with to edit your magazine content. There are also some professional software like Adobe Indesign for this purpose.

Then I use a very cool free and open source “pdfSam” (For MacOS, Linus and Windows) to merge all the pages of pdf to one single pdf file. After that, you’re ready to upload the pdf file to ISSUU.

It’s just a simple way to make a photography magazine, as you see my sample, I’m very “new” to the magazine layout. And I’m sure you can do it better than me. 🙂

Note:If you can’t open my online magazine APHRODITE, you can download the pdf file here.

Classic Portrait shoot set in outdoor – easy and simple set up!

This is a simple outdoor shoot set up for a classic black and white portrait shoot with a black background.

How simple?
You only need 3 things for the studio set up.
1 light stand
1 flash
1 softbox

Location: Anywhere without strong wind. (So the softbox will stay put!) I set the studio by a small fishing port. The street lamp can help with the camera focusing.

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Behind the scene with the classic look B&W portrait set up


Lighting by the flash, no ambient light.

When the day is getting dark, in the late afternoon, choose a place where is in the shade.
Set your camera at the highest shutter speed sync with the flash, adjust you aperture until the exposure goes right down, lower than Ev -2. So you won’t pull any street light into the shot.

My camera setting:

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With this shot, I added another flash to lit up the back of her hair.


Any thought or question you can leave it in the comment. 🙂

Portrait Session with Pam

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The portrait session with Pam was very nice. She’s lovely, beautiful and in perfect good shape. She told me that she goes to the gym often. Pam is in her 60s, it’s amazing how she keeps her body in good shape.
Here is some questions I asked her during the shoot, a short interview with Pam.

Amanda:Why do you want to have your portrait done?

Pam:It’s for my family.

A:What is your experience of the portrait with Amanda?

P: Brilliant, very relaxing.

A:How do your feel when you see the photos?


A:Do you like the photos?
P:Very much.

A:How do you look after yourself so well?

P:I use serum by L’oreal and boots No7.

A:What pass time activity make you fee relaxing?
P:Go to the gym and sailing.

A:You look very fit, do you go on special diet?
P:Not really, just no smoking, moderate alcohol  and an a health diet.

More photo of Pam.

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