View Full Version : I've written a book and I could use some opinions on the title - help please

08-09-2013, 03:36 PM
Hi members,

I could use a bit of brainstorming or confirmation help.
This is the first public place that I'm posting that i have finished writing an ebook on understanding basic exposure in photography.. and I'm stuck on a title.

The ebook is 85 pages long and explains basic exposure in a loose conversational way (covering the basics of the aperture, shutter speed and ISO dance )... and its core
theme is that you are free to be creative once you understand exposure.

The title is a pretty important part of any ebook as is the cover. I've having it designed for me because I'm crap at that.

I'm attaching 2 images with a title idea that i had and the most basic of a mockup for that first idea. I'm also attaching the original image. But now I'm not super crazy
about the idea...so I've come up with some others. I think I'd like to use this pic though.

The original title idea is/was The F in F-stop is not a Four letter word

Titles needs to be catchy so I started thinking in different directions - yeah, I guess I went in 'that' direction for awhile. So I guess what I'm asking is do any of these ideas below work for you - are they too crass? Do they do with the image?

Anyone else have suggestions that spring up with this picture?

Thanks in advance!


here's some sample ideas;

- Free yourself from your camera

- Release yourself from your camera's grip

- Understand exposure and be free

- Get your ass off automatic
(understanding exposure by marko kulik)

- Get off your automatic ass
(understanding exposure by marko kulik)

- Get yourself off (automatic)
understanding exposure by marko kulik

- Get yourself off automatic and be free
(understand exposure with marko kulik)

- Semi automatic weapons of mass creativity
understanding exposure by marko kulik

- You are smart and your camera is stupid
(understand exposure with marko kulik)

- No, YOUR mother is an F-stop.
(understanding exposure by marko kulik)

Menage a trois and other sexy exposure stories
(understanding exposure by marko kulik)

Menage a trois and other sexy exposure stories
(understanding aperture, ISO and shutter speed)

Menage a trois by way of Aperture, shutter speed and ISO
(understanding exposure by marko kulik)

F-stops are Friggen exciting
(understanding exposure by marko kulik)

Apertures are Awesome

Awesome Apertures and other exposure tales

Mad Aussie
08-09-2013, 04:49 PM
I think I lean toward what you have on the cover concepts there.

Jim Scrimger
08-09-2013, 05:35 PM
Marko: An intriguing problem. Re the term F-stop or f-stop, I did a quick scan of my two Pentax and Nikon manuals and they do not seem to use the term very much actually they seem to shy away from it. Maybe to hard to explain in the world of seamless f-stops. Anyway what I wonder is, would the average person who would benefit from your book even know his camera has them. Re the innuendo titles, suggest you take care not to turn off a market segment. If we were back in the film days I could see your F-stop title and superb background photo being of interest to someone who may have bought a photo mag or two - in other words some one who knows he/she doesn't know stuff. Comments hopefully meant to help, not irritate - been down the editing lane, it can be s....y.

08-09-2013, 06:00 PM
If it was me, I would have gone with "War & Peace" or "To Kill a Mockingbird", but I do like the title

"Semi automatic weapons of mass creativity
understanding exposure by marko kulik"

08-09-2013, 08:21 PM
I would like to take a little while to think about the options above, but I had some thoughts while I was out running and thought I would jot them down before the sweat dried and i forgot what they were.

In my opinion the title should be something that will come up easily in search engines (so the subtitle is a great idea). If you are looking to do some followup books (and why wouldnt you), something that will tie the set togther.

For example the thought I had could be along the lines of the "yourself" books

expose yourself - the difinitive guide to taking control of your cameras exposure The blurb could contain somthing along the lines of :Expose yourself to the joys of creative exposure

The follow up could be

Compose Yourself - the difinative guide to creative compostition in photography The blurb could be : By taking time and composing yourself you can create amazing images- this book will show you how

If people like the first they will be more likely to buy the second if they can see it is the same format, author etc (just look at the photofocus empire)

Like I said, it was just a thought I had running. Feel free to develop these ideas any way you like.

08-10-2013, 07:24 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone!

Appreciate the brainstorming Rm!!! ( I do like the 'yourself' concept)

Still open to more ideas.

many thx everyone!

08-12-2013, 02:31 PM
How about:“Exposure Is a Bourgeois Concept”. Works for me.

08-12-2013, 05:22 PM
Interesting take BF - not sure you're 100% serious tho.

Here's a few more ideas based on suggestions and some wine....yup I got into the conquer theme.

- Get creative and expose yourself (It could lend itself to further books...like Get creative and Compose yourself)

- Expose and be free

- Show your camera who's boss

- Take control of your camera's exposure

- Conquer camera exposure and be free

- Conquer exposure and make spectacular images

- Conquer exposure and make stunning images

- Conquer exposure and make creative images

- You are so much smarter than your camera

- Conquering camera exposure

- Take control of your camera

any of these work for anyone or inspire additional ideas? many thx!

Jim Scrimger
08-13-2013, 10:38 AM
I rather like "Show your camera who's boss" - or something along that line.

08-13-2013, 05:16 PM
thx Jim!

08-14-2013, 10:07 AM
2 more ideas - anything there?

Exposure Exposed:
Conquer Camera Exposure in 127 minutes, by Marko Kulik

Exposure Exposed:
Learn Camera Exposure in 127 minutes or less, by Marko Kulik

08-14-2013, 10:58 AM
Ha! Ha! "The Naked Truth About Exposure"... yeah, I am not helping any.

08-14-2013, 08:44 PM
Ha! Ha! "The Naked Truth About Exposure"... yeah, I am not helping any.

I know we were just yanking on Marko's chain a little, but we both have probable winners in the "peaking of interest" category as far as titles go. :highfive:

08-15-2013, 11:08 AM
Wide Open

In Decent Exposure (cover photo - street shot of a guy, hat, head down, trenchcoat)

Exposing Exposure

Three Is NOT A Crowd

08-15-2013, 09:41 PM
Marko, been traveling and haven't had much time to check in, saw the post of FB. You hadn't put anything up there along the "You are so much smarter than you're camera" line. I like that. It's one of the main points I try to get across when I teach. Only by mastering and understanding the basics are you free to either apply or break the rules as you see fit. I'll put some more thought into this over the next few days. When are you looking to finalize the title?

08-18-2013, 10:32 AM
Thanks for the comments and suggestions everyone. :goodvibes:

I'm heavily leaning toward:

Exposure Exposed:
Easily conquer camera exposure & make stunning photos.


Exposure Exposed:
Easily master camera exposure & make stunning photos.


Exposure Exposed:
Master camera exposure & make stunning photos.

(Just as an FYI, I like the word easily in the title because most people think camera exposure is hard)

But as far as these titles go Do you like them? Do they work?

Which one of these 3 is best?


08-26-2013, 01:26 PM

Of those three I like the second one the best.

Jim Scrimger
08-26-2013, 03:05 PM
I would go for #2 or #3. Conquer is not a good word to use these days. I like Exposure Exposed.

08-26-2013, 09:01 PM
Of the three choices you've asked about, I'd choose number 3. To me the word 'easily' is not required. It seems to flow better when you read it

08-27-2013, 02:03 AM
For me, it is the second one. But I am not sure about the 'easily'. I think it sounds better without it.

08-27-2013, 01:54 PM
Really appreciate the comments everyone. This is the final choice..

Exposure Exposed:
Easily master camera exposure & make stunning photos.

I like the easily because most people think it's hard...but i can revise it in the next edition if need be, lol

Thx again for the input!

12-24-2013, 11:32 PM
Where would you post the ebook and what is your target readers. I believe that these info are important. I like the final title: Exposure Exposed:
Easily master camera exposure & make stunning photos.

09-16-2014, 02:30 AM
I like the second one...

09-16-2014, 12:40 PM
Automatic exposure
For Dummies

05-30-2017, 05:39 AM
If it was me, I would have gone with "War & Peace" or "To Kill a Mockingbird", but I do like the title

"Semi automatic weapons of mass creativity
understanding exposure by marko kulik"