But sometimes choosing the right combination of prints for your book can feel overwhelming. As digital photography continues to take on a more and more significant role in our everyday lives, the number of photos we are taking is skyrocketing. What to do with all those photos in the offline, non-digital world is the next question. So here are three quick tips on how to compile some of your favorite photos into a beautiful photo book.
Tell Your Story
"...put the shots in order as they were taken, which will offer a natural progression...." Phototuts+.com
Pick Your Photos First
"Edit down the number of photos to the best ones, or the ones essential to telling the story you wish to convey."
Digital Photography School.
This is important no matter what kind of book you are creating, but especially for professional photographers. A photo book should be a cohesive and meaningful work of art.
Digital Photo Resolution
Here's what you need to know. Many printers recommend printing your photos at 300 DPI, at the dimensions you want them to appear. But that is the lowest resolution allowable for a clear print. For better quality photos, aim higher and always follow your printer's recommendations.
To find the dimensions without photo-editing software, right click on your photo and choose "properties" on a PC or "get info" on a Mac. Then plug your printer's suggested resolution into this simple formula.
"If the photo book printers recommend 300 dpi and your photo is 2592 x 1944 (about 5 megapixels), divide each dimension by 300." Photobookgirl.com.
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