Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Types of photo books, part of Designing a 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Photo books have superseded the photo album crammed with prints as a way to collect and display holiday memories.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.
- Making a flat plan and determining a schedule
- Choosing and sequencing your images
- Cropping images for maximum impacts
- Adjusting tone and color
- Printing duotones
- Adding text
- Designing the cover
- Comparing types of books