Whether you design your own photobook or have someone do it for you, the key is making certain you have ALL the elements for a great book!
What to do with Ticket Stubs, etc.
Don't Forget the Great People You Meet!
1. font used for captions and text
2. font used for title of book and any headers
First, addressing the inside of your book … if you use text, DON'T automatically use the default "Times New Roman". It's ordinary and boring. There are other fonts available within the software which are easier to read and much more interesting. As a rule, text should be 12 points and captions should be 9pt.
The title of your book is where font selection is critical. It should reflect the theme of the book. There are an incredible number of FREE fonts available on the web that you can search and find something to fit your theme. This, along with the design of the cover, is what makes your book really stand out!! I've included some samples of covers where the difference between a "stock" font (on the left) and a "custom' font (on the right) makes a world of difference!
I have access to hundreds of fonts which allow me to create an individual feel for each book, complementing the subject.
Plain font = plain cover
Special font chosen to complement the subject of the book
Colour Matters Too!!!
Let's Get Even MORE Creative!
Personalize for Various members in the group
Tell a Story!
The second series was taken in an parasol factory in Myanmar showing the woman making one by hand, hanging up awaiting the finishing painting touches, shown in the last photo.
Where Did You Stay???
Cropping to Enhance Your Photo
Here are just a few examples of "before and after"
Straighten EVERY image that is Crooked!
It's a VERY common problem …. photographs with a crooked horizon. It's SO easy to fix with no special photo editing software that it's amazing how many pictures are NOT straightened! It can be extremely distracting and really downgrades the look of your photo book! Take a few minutes and STRAIGHTEN THOSE PHOTOS!!!
Note of Caution: Do NOT take people pictures without their permission! You'll find most, especially in some countries, will love to pose and want to see the "finished product" on your camera! Of course, if you are a distance away, you can get some great candid shots. Just DO NOT invade people's space!
Food, Glorious Food
Look for Something DIFFERENT!
Here's an example. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most photographed structures in the world. And, it's fine to take that iconic shot.
The interesting thing to do is look for a different shot, something that stands out. In this first photograph, I found a bed of flowers to frame the Eiffel Tower. It adds more interest and dimension. (Of course, you don't have any control over the sky conditions as the "iconic" shot was taken on a gorgeous blue-sky day)
But, I walked off the tourist walkways and stumbled on to this group of students having a picnic. Suddenly, I had local interest with the Tower in the background. As you can see, it also creates an interesting angle on the tower itself. The second photo is taken from a low angle in front of the carousel for another interesting view.