The emergence of Facebook, Instagram and all of the other popular social networks may have led some people to suggest that the era of print photo albums might be on the decline.
Fortunately, this isn’t the case in the slightest.
Whilst traditional, in actual fact they are becoming more popular. Sure, throwing photos on Facebook might be easy, but it no longer gives them the wow-factor. Putting them in a sophisticated photo album meanwhile does give them that extra edge, and really shows that you mean business when showing off your snaps.
Of course, randomly placing photos into an album isn’t exactly a recipe for success. Instead, a degree of thought needs to be placed into the situation and through the course of this guide we will take a look at some top tips that can help you along your way.
Always make sure that you tell a story
One of the best things about photo albums is that, if done correctly, they can tell a story. Whether it’s a wedding book, or one for your most recent holiday, they can show the person who is looking at it exactly what occurred.
However, this is only going to be the case if you are actively trying to tell a story. Placing a picture of you arriving at the airport in the middle of your book looks somewhat strange, and almost detracts attention from the entire book.
As such, establish an order. For some of you this might be by theme, which is usually the case if you are covering multiple occasions in the book. Others meanwhile might opt for chronological, which of course provides a natural story.
Make use of featured photos
This next suggestion is going to really depend on the type of photo book that you are using. Most will give you the opportunity to have a “featured” image though. In short, this means that the image lives alone on the page; there are no others surrounding it.
This is something that can be a really powerful suggestion in your quest to have the perfect photo book. It’s something that can draw attention to some of your better images, and mean that they don’t just “blend” in with everything else that has been placed alongside it. Of course, if your photo book only has one image per page it’s not quite as powerful; the art of this trick is to really make those individual photos stand out on their own on the page.
The power of captions
You will have probably been there yourself; the situation where you are looking through a photo book and don’t have a clue about a particular snap. This is where annotations and captions come in.
Some of you will write information on the back of the photo, but a more aesthetically pleasing way is to combine this in your book. Some have spaces for captions and to ensure that everyone is on the same page (pardon the pun) try and make use of them.