If you are not aware of the delightful novelty that is printing your digital photos, oh boy are you missing out. Over the years, I’ve made a total of six photobooks through various online services. Most are actually landscape / travel photos, and then there’s my architecture portfolio, and two baby books of the kids. For our random family photos, I find that loose prints, kept in albums, are easier to manage.
These are my older landscape photography, they bring back memories!
I’ve gathered a couple of tips, in particular for making themed photobooks such as those for baby pictures. Hope these are useful (at least for myself, the next time I need to make one of these)!
I’ll do you a favour and let you know right now what the right type is: layflat. These things are like board books for kids — with thick cardboard pages that are practically impossible to crease or destroy, and — like the name suggests — lay flat when opened. Yes, they can be more pricey than the other types, and no, you don’t really get as many pages within the book because they get so thick. But I love my layflat books!
Personally I also prefer matte finishes on the cover and inside pages because I find that glossy can be too reflective for comfortable viewing.
Most photobook vouchers come with an expiry date, after which you’re only allowed a grace period of one month before you need to pay again to renew its validity. So I recommend you save the deadline into your to-do item (eg. if you use Trello) and give yourself plenty of time to make this photobook.
Here’s my photo management workflow:
This is the fun, yet time-consuming part of it all. For landscape photography it’s easy to just drop a photo across the pages and it looks perfect, but for themed books… you’d likely want it a bit more “designed”. I use the default program that comes with the photobook voucher, although you can always go beyond and layout in Photoscape/Photoshop, and/or download free scrapbooking resources online. My recommendations for the design phase are:
That’s it for now, enjoy!