A blog about songwriting and about the songwriter Luigi Cappel

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Take lots of photos of you and your band

You never know when a photo will be useful. It might be photos for your tracks, an album cover, photos for your bio or web page.

Many web sites where you post your music, like MySpace for example, let you post photos with your tracks and so many people use the one photo for all tracks, which is boring. Boring reduces interest value.

If it’s a photo for your Press Kit or EPK, I recommend that unless you have a great photo, get a portrait photo done by a professional photographer. It could be the classic head and shoulders, or you doing something. You should at least have one clasic shot because it says you are mature and professional and you treat your music career as your business.

Shots for Facebook like this one, which my daughter took of me playing in Montego BayLuigi Cappel performing in Montego Bay

Luigi Cappel performing in Montego Bay

in Jamaica are fun shots, but not good enough quality for professional use.

If you are going to use shots in relation to a song or for an Album cover, make sure they are relevant, if it’s a song about a beach, like my song Muriwai Beach, then show a photo of Muriwai Beach. When I record my album Greenhouse, I have a photo of me holding a very large chunk of ice in my hand at Franz Joseph Glacier. The glacier is melting away with global warming and fits nicely with the title song which is also called Greenhouse. You can hear it at Music Forte.

If you don’t have a performance video, then video slide shows are a great way to add your songs to sites like Youtube. This one was done for me by my friend Noel of Powershows. In this case he supplied the images from his photo library.

There are lots of plug ins for websites like Photo Bucket which I use on my MySpace page. It lets you have some fun and easily put up a slide show. Photos add interest to your web page, especially a slide show, which attracts attention. It also helps people connect with you and feel like they know you a little. It makes them want to come back, or leave a comment, its about developing a relationship.

Even if you don’t need them now, take them anyway, you will find good uses for them. Take a camera to your gig and even if you don’t have anyone you know there, someone will take it for you.

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Make sure you can offer an exclusive photo to the media.

Often you are more likely to get your story published if you include a photo. When you talk to the editor or journalist, ask them if you include an exclusive photo that they will publish it, because otherwise you will keep it so you can offer it to another media. You do talk to the media before you send them a release don’t you?

You should have a range of photos including landscape and portrait. It wouldn’t hurt to have a couple of black and whites as well for that artistic look.

Make the pics you send with your story relevant. If it’s a bout a gig you have done, send a photo from the gig. On that note, always try to get someone to take photos for you, even if you provide the camera.

If it’s about the new single or album, make it relevant. For example if it was for my song Muriwai Beach, I will have a photo of me walking on the iron sands “between the sand dunes and the shore”.

Accommodate the media. If they want to take a photo of you, do whatever you can to support them. On Thursday I had my photo taken for a September magazine issue. They asked if I could spare an hour to go to a beach location with them, No problem. It was quite funny really, we got to the beach which was a spot on the side of the North Western Motorway. We parked off the motorway and there was this beautiful spot with shelves of sunwashed shells and we found a piece of wood for me to sit on in my suit with my notebook on my lap. I’m sure it will be a great eclectic photo and thanks to the police who gave us 2 minutes to finish up instead of charging us for parking on the side of the motorway.

The magazine will get a classy off the wall photo and will also remember that I was happy to help them out to make the shot.

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