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Photo books are a great way to display and preserve your memories, and services like iBooks and Blurb make it easy and affordable to create professional quality bound books. But your design choices are what make them special. Join designer Nigel French as he covers the basics of planning and building a photo book, reviews the qualities of good photo books, and examines the design principles at work in their creation—regardless of the software used. This course provides both inspiration and practical techniques for creating your photo book.
There are many different types of photo book. Here are some common types. A family history, perhaps moving chronologically from historic photos to contemporary images. A narrative, or document of a newsworthy event that you were fortunate or unfortunate enough to witness. There's no requirement to be balanced or objective. The book can simply be what you saw. Weddings are, of course, an obvious choice. And photo books have for some years been an important part of the package offered by wedding photographers. Other big life events, like the birth of a child, graduations, or reunions also make great subjects for photo books.
Photo books have superseded the photo album crammed with prints as a way to collect and display holiday memories. If you're a collector, you might use a photo book to show off your collection of coins, hats, shoes. Or whatever it is you collect. More and more artists and graphic designers are using photo books as a way of displaying their portfolios. But these ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. Any collection of images arranged around a compelling theme could make a good photo book.
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