One of the sad facts today is that as soon as you’ve invested in the latest phone, camera or other technical device, within 6 months it’s outdated. Because of the ever increasing speed of advancements in technology, many of us tend to lose track of our photos after a few years. So what do you do?
In my private world, everything is downloaded on my return and I archive my personal pictures in iPhoto on my iMac. I then edit and copy these in organised albums onto my iPad. The iPad is now my modern photo and video album containing all the current albums I might want to show around to friends and family. Of course, the iPad won’t last forever and so for special occasions and trips, I create Photobooks. One of the best for print quality and price that I’ve come across is Albelli.
The beauty of a photobook is that it’s timeless. It won’t get lost amongst the hundreds of SD, Micro SD cards, cameras and phones we aquire throughout our lifetimes. It is worth however spending time on your images. No camera in the world can take a perfect picture. Don’t just accept what comes straight out of the camera. Question the picture. Does it look a little dull or dark in the shadows? Do the colours really look as vibrant as you remember them? Can you see what’s lurking in the shadows or is it all just black? could it be a little straighter? Does it need cropping to remove extrenuous parts of the picture that don’t help to tell the story? Greater detail in shadows and colour can almost always be achieved and improved upon with a little editing. Software such as the Albelli album software will allow you to do this at the time of creating the book. Other applications such as iPhoto and Adobe Photoshop Elements are great and fun to use.
A book that has had time spent making the pictures a pleasureable experience to look at, will get looked at again in the future and will be interesting for others to view. When I make up a book, I try to tell the story of the trip with interesting colourful photos that leap off the page. A few personality photos of my wife and or other companions are scattered around as a matter of record, but mostly pictures of the locations, local culture and people, landscapes and cityscapes. An additional tip – when taking pictures of your friends or travel partner, don’t stand them in front of the location like a soldier. It’s awkward for them at the time and it’s boring to view when you get back. Take a picture of them in a natural situation, walking or in a relaxed or comfortable pose- never square into the camera unless it’s a fun group photo! A photobook should tell a complete and visually interesting story. Most of us can do it since it’s at all our fingertips but we just can’t be bothered. If you do make the extra effort, when that book is delivered you’ll be highly rewarded.
If you want to see what goes into my Photobooks click here for images of the latest book I’m working on.