It is so important when designing your photobook to think about the composition. This is key to creating a great looking professional feel to your finished product. Often thought the question posed, is how do you even go about that? Here at Yophoto we have come up with some helpful pointers, so that your photobook stands out above the rest!
1. Take time to prep your photos
Putting your photobook together will be much more easy and breezy (we hope!) if you haven’t uploaded thousands of photos to plough through. So when designing your photobook try to pick the best photos before you upload them, be a little bit ruthless. Just because some photos don’t make it into your book, doesn’t mean you have to loose them forever…we still have computers and it is more than acceptable to stick them on your hard-drive or up in the almighty icloud.
2. Establish a focal point to your photobook
What is the focus of the book itself? Do you have a particular photo that you want to show off and does it give an idea of the theme of the photobook. We know this sounds obvious, but it is something worth thinking about. Perhaps you were on holiday in India, well then, when designing your photobook, do show off those colours, a stunning piece of architecture…something to base the rest of your photobook story around.
3. Tell a story
You want people when they look at your photobook to feel as though they are there, on your holiday or at that special event. Therefore don’t be afraid to play with the order of the photos. Grouping photos together that aren’t necessarily in chronological order is fine. You want to create an impact and leave your photobook admirers with a sense they were there too!
4. Vary your spreads
Variation keeps things interesting, as does it with most things. By adding variation to your photobook means that people wont get bored looking through. Depending on the purpose of your photobook this will influence massively the layout. However the same principle applies. Ok, so if it is a birthday photobook then it may make more sense to have more than one photo on each page. If you are a creating a portfolio then understandably one photo a page is the norm, still though keep in mind that you don’t want the viewer to get bored. Saying this, try and keep a general theme to your choice of layouts, so that the eye glides through your photobook and it doesn’t look messy or hectic in any way.
5. Less is always more
Simplicity. There is a lot to be said for simplicity. Often the most beautiful things are the simple things. A few well taken photos is far better and will create a much bigger impact then lots of tiny photos squeezed onto one page. It’s a good idea to have a look online (try pinterest!) for some inspiration, before you get snap happy. You will then have a much clearer idea of what final look you want to create. Dependent on the quality of your camera this should help influence how large you want the photos displayed in your book. If your photo quality is good then it is certainly an idea to spread one photo across two pages.
6. Should you add text?
It might not be necessary to add text to your photobook. What type of photobook are you creating? Sometimes the photo speaks for itself. If your photobook indeed does need text or captions then really think about how to incorporate the text into the photo and be careful not to repeat yourself.
So Good Luck & Happy Photobooking!