My first AppBook and on going project, Taking Flight, written and illustrated by Moose Peterson, I handled the layout and design. The book focuses mainly on starting in aviation photography, what to look for, and how to capture it once you find it. He and I just released the first major update to the book. The 2nd Edition comes with a new chapter just on air to air photography.

Taking FlightWe created the Moose Press App, which is now the best place to get Taking Flight.

Found below are some screen captures of the book and some of the content I created to bring the book to life.

DedicationI’ve made a couple dedication pages now. They are pretty important to me to get right. This one is my favorite. This is a cockpit pano of a Bamboo Bomber that Dad shot and I assembled. And while that makes it cool to me in of itself, I love this page because in the book, the page slowly scrolls across the entire scene.

Any one chapter in this book took me as long to create as the Table of Contents. That’s because this single page actually has nine InDesign documents embeded into it to create the sliders. And each of those pages is filled with images, links, and other clockwork to make the magic of this page work. All of these tabs slide out, and nearly anything on this page links to something.

Table of ContentsToC AdditionRebuilding the Table of Contents to fit in a new chapter slider was most likely going to cause more problems than solve. So instead I added a new link to the existing ToC that went down to the second page of the Toc, this page. It ended up a neat, clean, and simple solution to the problem.

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The ToC was meant to be cool and really show off a little because really, if you want to get around in the book, just tap anywhere and you can pull out the expanded view of the entire book, allowing you to jump to any page you want. Another one of the great functions in the book is these pop ups provide the means to getting the in-depth captions on how images were shot.

Since this was the first book I had laid out (had already done multiple BT Journal Issues at this point but never a book), I put a lot of effort into making the book something unique and interesting graphically. Notice the page backgrounds? Originally I wanted those to be some sort of blue print, maybe from WWII era with schematics of aircraft on them. Well that was a problem because schematics are difficult to find. I also realized that part of what I wanted from that look was the fine details of numbers, dimensions, math, etc, which would not show well on an iPad, especially with other text layered on top of it.


Finally I realized I could achieve the look by simply outlining various images of Dad’s, lowering the opacity, and throwing them behind the text and images.

Chapter 7Best part, Chapter 7 is all video. The first part of any page in this chapter is the comparison of the image being retouched, the before and after. Next to it are the videos of Moose as he works on the image.

Want to see more? Check out the book on Moose Press.


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