Ideas on Photography - Putting together a Photobook
The first thing you need to consider in a photo book is the flow of the book; how are you going to tell the story. Consider the family album, it has a story – the happy family – and it takes you through the flow of the families life, from beach to birthdays and back.
Consider how you want to take your viewer through your book, your beginning, the middle and an end. Edit your pictures carefully and don’t pad. Think of the YouTube videos you watch, if they go on too long you switch off. So it is better to have a small number of pictures than too many.
Take the viewer on a journey, think of a book as a piece of music you need loud points and quiet moments, crescendos and moments of meditation.
Once you’ve selected your pictures, you will need to put them together into book form, learn to use Adobe Indesign. There are plenty of tutorials on the Internet to support on this. However one hint photographers always have their text to big, so use a smaller typeface and check that your font is appropriate to your story. I tend to use Gill Sans.
Having done all this you need to produce the book, this takes longer and is more expensive when you you probably expect. If you’re making a handmade book consider the quality of the paper on the finesse of the final image production. If you are making a print on demand book allowed time to produce a draft copy and then a final copy. This may take a few weeks and will be expensive.
Whatever you do have fun tell a story and get it out there.