If you are a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, then a pho­to book will def­i­nite­ly come in handy for you. This is a great way to show off your skills and build a pic­ture based nar­ra­tive. Whether bespoke for a client, or as a port­fo­lio, a pho­to­book can become the face of a pho­tog­ra­ph­er. The one that makes him dif­fer­ent from the rest. We have 5 tips to help you cre­ate the best book.

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Choose a topic that interests you

Build­ing a book is like writ­ing a text, the top­ic must be of inter­est to you, and the nar­ra­tive must have a plot. You are only lim­it­ed by your own imag­i­na­tion. The plot can be a wed­ding, a trip, the birth of a child, or one day in some­one’s life. And that’s not all, because, as in any work, fic­tion is impor­tant here. A pho­to­book is not just a pho­to album, it is a sto­ry, and it is up to you to tell it in your own words.

Photo selection

The main goal of a pho­to­book is to present pic­tures, they can be with a cap­tion, but the visu­al side should speak loud­er so that the atten­tion of the read­er or, in this case, the view­er, is focused on it. Choose emo­tion­al pho­tos, the most vivid and not nec­es­sar­i­ly per­fect­ly sta­t­ic. What mat­ters in sto­ry­telling is not per­fec­tion­ism, but emo­tion. You should not lim­it your­self to the usu­al for­mats, because you can bor­row the style from dif­fer­ent sources and it will set the tone for the lay­out of the book.

Source: Shut­ter­fly

Start from the very beginning

To the ques­tion “where to start?” often answer that you need to start from the begin­ning. There­fore, wed­ding books can begin with a pro­pos­al or even a drama­ti­za­tion of the cou­ple’s acquain­tance. A birth­day sto­ry starts with baby pic­tures, and a jour­ney can start with pack­ing. A small pref­ace to fur­ther pic­tures always com­ple­ments the sto­ry, allow­ing the view­er to look a lit­tle deep­er, feel the char­ac­ters and get involved in the fur­ther plot. This moment should not be over­looked.

The pho­tographs should empha­size the line of the nar­ra­tive both in their arrange­ment and in their sequence. Remem­ber the rule of plot — cli­max — denoue­ment. A pho­to sto­ry should be told like any oth­er, even if the method of per­cep­tion is dif­fer­ent.

Create a unified style

It’s best to fol­low a sto­ry that’s told in its entire­ty. Again, as with any book, you’ll need a uni­fied sto­ry­telling style, and this is where your cre­ativ­i­ty will final­ly come to the fore. You can shoot every­thing from the per­spec­tive of one char­ac­ter, fol­low him. Or, on the con­trary, to teach dif­fer­ent points of view and views. But ulti­mate­ly, all frames should sup­port a sin­gle style, or at least relat­ed styles. Use fil­ters or spe­cif­ic pro­cess­ing, use inter­est­ing lay­out meth­ods and what­ev­er comes to your mind. You will always be able to spot a frame that stands out and has no place in the sto­ry, don’t be afraid to remove it in order to main­tain the integri­ty of the sto­ry.

If you don’t want to deal with lay­out on your own, if there are spe­cial tem­plates on var­i­ous top­ics: fam­i­ly, sports, chil­dren, romance. They can both save you from unnec­es­sary work, and lead you to a fresh idea that will be your own.

Source: Shut­ter­fly

Pick the perfect description

The last impor­tant ele­ment of a pho­to­book is the text. Each pho­to requires a decent descrip­tion that will tell a lit­tle more, com­ple­ment the frame, or sim­ply allow it to play with new shades. Here you will need all the inge­nu­ity. Do not be afraid of abstract and asso­cia­tive cap­tions, because again, the most impor­tant thing is the emo­tion that the read­er will expe­ri­ence. It can also be lines from books, poems, quotes from friends. The main thing, as in pho­tog­ra­phy, is to main­tain a sin­gle style.

Of course, do not for­get that the pho­tos should be of dif­fer­ent qual­i­ty. So to shoot scenes for a pho­to book, you need a great cam­era. Among mod­ern mir­ror­less cam­eras, the Olym­pus OM‑D E‑M10 II attracts par­tic­u­lar atten­tion. Con­ve­nient and com­pact, the cam­era is ver­sa­tile and suit­able for any type of shoot­ing. It will help even a begin­ner in the world of pho­tog­ra­phy to quick­ly mas­ter the skill and learn how to cre­ate pic­tures wor­thy of a real pho­to book. Both the pho­to and video capa­bil­i­ties of this device are enough to cap­ture mem­o­rable moments and cre­ate sto­ries.