We bet that you love digital photography as much as you want to see your pictures printed out in a photo book. Over the last few years, one of the latest trend in photography is making your own photo book. Preserving your works in print has become an extremely famous choice of photographer, given that online printing services have been widely available.
In order to create a photo book that can make the readers struck with awe, it is important to think about composition when you’re designing a photo book layout. Here are my ten tips for making awesome photo books.
Step 1: Purpose of Making Photo Book
First step in designing a photo book, is to figure out why are you making one as it will affect the layout and the outcomes of the book itself. What is the photo book is all about, is it for your family vacation? Are you simply just wanting to share it with friends? Or is it going to be shown in galleries or art exhibitions?
Knowing the answer to these questions will give you a clear guideline on how your photo book design will turn out to be. There are many online sites that enable you to use their ready make template based on designated themes, but assembling your own book design might work out best for your own taste.
Step 2: Type of book
When people think about designing photo albums, often they assume that their albums have to be big, expensive, and very time-consuming. Actually the truth is that photo book can be whatever you imagine them to be. They can vary in size, shape, and of course in their price. Price can vary depending on the size and material cost, but what you choose will ultimately depend on your needs and goals.
Step 3: Theme and content
Photo book is not just a “best collection” of photographs, but the best photo book has a cohesive theme that show’s what kind of book they are. A collection of photos taken with a specific motive or subject matter will work best, or you can even work with shots taken within a specific time frame, for example collection of memories in a year. Organized your photos so that it fits in with the theme and content flow.
There are endless ways to group your images, giving meaning to your memories, rather than the random manner in which things actually happen. Once you’ve done a book this way, you’ll probably change the way you shoot, sharpening your focus in terms of what you look for when you click that shutter.
Step 4: Selecting the photos
Be very selective when picking the photo from your camera. Chances are, not every single photo you took during a vacation is going to make it into your photo book. Don’t upload every single of pictures inside your camera memory into the service or software you use to design your photo book. Else, you’re likely to be overwhelmed by all the photos and having a tough time to filter out which one to use. Narrow down the photos to your liking first by picking only that are essential to the story or theme that you are trying to tell.
Step 5: Telling the story
Just as with any other book, your photo book is meant to tell a story. One of favourite examples of telling story with photo book us by creating a book of your vacation photos. Photo book can share your experiences with your family and friends by taking them into the picture as if they were on a trip together with you. Gives more thought on how you want to tell your story. Typically, event-based book will be chronological, but don’t be restricted on your creativity. You can group photos that make sense together for impact, for example, all the delicious the foods you eat during the vacation.
Step 6: Layout
After you have prepared all your best picture together, now it is time to decide on how you are going to present them on the page. There are different variety of layout options that can suit your needs, it is important to experiment with different layout before settling on a selection. Always keep it simple with layout, and be consistent with it. You can also leave some space for a small caption on the left side of your page.
Make some variation of your layout spread. You can utilize your layout more than once, but scatter it throughout the book. It is important not to make your readers bored by varying your layout. Similarly, you can take your layout and retouch or make a slight adjustment on it so it would not look entirely the same.
Step 7: To include text or not
Including text in your photo book is completely optional. Caption and texts are not compulsory unless they add something that the photo does not offer. This could include a location name, date, or a description of an event. They can help to enrich your book and keep the story flowing, but avoid cluttering or else it will overpower your images. Be mindful of your book theme by using a font that suits the style of the book.
Step 8: The cover photo
First impression is one of the most important aspect of a book, as it is the first thing that your reader will look at. Choose some stand-out photos for your cover. This is what will show when the book is sitting on the coffee table. Chances are, it will invite visitors or family members to pick it up and flip through the pages.
Make sure to use photos that represent the content of the book. If it is about birthday, make sure you put the picture related to that event. It could be the person with a birthday cake, as long as the photo is engaging enough to invite the readers to start flipping.
Step 9: Establish a focal point
Pack and busy layouts can be distracting and reduce the impact and beauty of your photos. This can be said true especially when dealing with layout that use equal sized photo boxes. Create a focal point on each page using a stand-out photo, surrounded with smaller supporting images.
One way to highlight your photo is by letting it have its own spread. Place the photo in a full bleed spread, or let it flow into the second page of your book. Then support the large photo with small complementary photos.
Step 10: Give it a try!
After sorting all the pictures that you want, it is time to start creating your own photo book. You may order your photo book from various online printing services, but make sure you have done your post processing using your own image editing software before uploading, as there are usually very few in-program photo editing tools.
Even if artistic design is not something you’re excellent with, professional-looking photo books are not as difficult to create as you think it is. Just follow these easy steps to design an awesome photo book layout that would make your works stand-out and look gorgeous.
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