OK, so what to do? Where do you start with your summer vacation book design?
Well, you start by gathering all of your images into one folder. That means, gathering images from your family's cameras too. Recently, I taught my parents how to use Google Photos, how to upload their images to Google Photos, how to create an album with just the images I needed and then how to share the album with me in Google Photos.
Do you see a theme here? It's Google Photos!
- Setup so every picture you take gets uploaded automatically
- It will even try to get smart and create albums FOR you
- Easily tag faces once and Google does it for you every time
- slideshows, books and more!
Rename your summer vacation images with something descriptive for easy searching & organizing.
On a Mac, you highlight the files and right click / Rename
So then you have all of your images in one spot, renamed to something that makes sense to you for sorting the event and now it is time to open your album design software.
The first thing your software will ask you is what size and style book you are creating.
- If you have a million images OR a huge amount of locations you visited, then choose a large book.
- If there aren't that many amazing images, tons of people to include or a huge variety in the different scenes, you can choose a smaller book, like an 8 inch book.
Now, import the folder with your images.
It might take a minute... go for a short walk, get some coffee and come back.
And now, layout your book!
This is the fun part and why I created the video above! What you want to focus on is the story that each page of the book tells.
- Each open spread should have it's own story. What are you doing? Who is doing it? How did it feel to be there?
- Pick one image as your main image, and use smaller images as supporting or storytelling images.
This process might never end. I recommend a deadline.
It is more important to finish the book, than to tweak it to death. I do a super fast design to start, without over thinking it and then I walk away for a day or two. When I sit back down to the layout, that's when I make critical choices. What can be removed? What is missing?
Checkout this great little book I created for a family's Christmas vacation on Lake Huron.
They rented a house for the week and I was there on Christmas day to capture the essence of that week, including formal portraits.
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