Creating Your Paris Photobook

 
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So you're back from the Paris Photography Workshop and now it's time to collect together your images for the Photobook that I will be creating for you.

This blog post is designed to help you with the process of editing your images down, designing your book and supplying me with the high resolution images, book layout and order form.

The first thing you'll need to do is edit your images down to a sensible amount for your book. I think somewhere in the region of 40-50 photos. At the end of this post I will write down some tips on how to edit down your photos to choose your final edit.

Your Photobook will be A4 in portrait orientation (as above).

Your Photobook can be any of the following page counts:

  • 40 pages + 4 page cover
  • 44 pages + 4 page cover
  • 48 pages + 4 page cover
  • 52 pages + 4 page cover

You will have been given a book layout and order form on the workshop. This will need to be filled in and it will be this information and you photos that I use to create your photobook for you.

Please fill in the book layout and order form and either photograph this document and email to me or post it.

When filling in your layout form please clearly mark each image with the image reference number. You could of course put a sequence number at the beginning of the file name and use that as the reference for your layout form.

There are quite a few different templates you can choose from for your book. You can choose to have one large double page image or have two smaller images per page, for example. You can of course have text pages also.

Front Cover:
This page requires just one photo and this will be cropped to a square to fit the space as per the sample image at the top of this post.

Inside Front Cover:
This page will be blank

Page 1:
This page will be the title of your book with no photos.

Page 2 onwards:
From here until the end of the book you can choose photos or text with any of the template options.

Inside Back Cover:
This page will be blank

Back Cover:
This page will be blank


Templates:

1 Page Templates:

  1. One Page: Full Page Text
  2. One Page: Full Page Image (Portrait Orientation) with Border
  3. One Page: Full Page Image (Portrait Orientation) with Bleed
  4. One Page: Two Images (Landscape Orientation) with Borders
  5. One Page: One Image (Landscape Orientation) with Border
  6. One Page: One Image (Landscape Orientation) and Text

2 Page Templates:

  1. Two Pages: Double Page Image with Bleed
  2. Two Pages: Double Page Image with Border

Example Spread Below

Left Hand Page:
2) One Page: Full Page Image (Portrait Orientation) with Border

Right Hand Page:
3)  One Page: Full Page Image (Portrait Orientation) with Bleed

This can work nicely to have two full page images next to each other.

I would suggest to either do as I have done here, one full page image with a border and one full page with bleed. Alternatively you could do two full page images both with a border.


Example Spread Below

Left Hand Page:
4) One Page: Two Images (Landscape Orientation) with Borders

Right Hand Page:
4) One Page: Two Images (Landscape Orientation) with Borders


Example Spread Below

Left Hand Page:
5) One Page: One Image (Landscape Orientation) with Border

Right Hand Page:
3)  One Page: Full Page Image (Portrait Orientation) with Bleed

This can work nicely to have a landscape image on one page and a full page image with bleed on the other.


Example Spread Below

Left Hand & Right Hand Pages:
1) Two Pages: Double Page Image with Bleed

Please be careful to choose an image that will work with losing some of the image in the centre for the spine of the book!


Example Spread Below

Left Hand Page:
1) One Page: Full Page Text

Right Hand Page:
5) One Page: One Image (Landscape Orientation) with Border


Example Spread Below

Left Hand & Right Hand Pages:
1) Two Pages: Double Page Image with Border

Please be careful to choose an image that will work with losing some of the image in the centre for the spine of the book!


Supplying Images & Text for your Book

I have shared with all participants a Dropbox folder where I would like you to supply your images and text.

All photographs need to be supplied to me at 300ppi and should not be re-sized, meaning they are full size images.

They should be saved as maximum quality JPGs with the sRGB colour profile.

Please make sure your images either have the camera reference number as the file name or if you want to, add a sequence number at the beginning. You will be using these numbers to mark up the layout form.

You can supply text for text pages. Please supply in a text document and label as Text 1, Text 2 etc. This way you can then mark up the layout format where you want the text pages to go. You probably don't want more than one or two text pages for your book, if at all.

You can supply captions for images too. Please provide a text document and clearly mark which image and page the caption is for. Please keep the caption as short as possible.


Editing Advice

It is such a difficult to skill to get right and I'm very much still learning myself. If you come back from a day out or a shoot and you have 1000 photos to go through, how do you decide what is good and what is not? Where do you start to begin to narrow them down?

I normally start by creating a 'long list'. I think about narrowing down those 1000 photos to perhaps 100 or 200.

There are lots of ways that you can do this, but I prefer to do this in Adobe Lightroom Classic with the Flagging system. You can mark an image as 'Flagged' or 'Rejected' really easily.

The short cuts for Flagging are:

Flagged (P)
Rejected (X)
Unflag/Remove Flag (U)

You will find these options under the Photo menu too.

I simply go through all images at full size and mark as Flagged (P) or Rejected (X).

Tip:
If you have Caps Lock on then when viewing the photos larger (Loupe View), when you flag images it will auto advance you to the next image and this is really useful to quickly go through and choose which ones are good and which are not so.

The images that I mark as Rejected will probably be deleted and if you are sure you want to delete them you can choose 'Delete Rejected Photos' from the Photo menu.

Sometimes I like to leave it a little while to make sure that I have made the correct decision. Sometimes you can feel definitely about an image with a little bit of time after taking it.

So now you have a 'long list' of photos of which you need to narrow down to a 'short list' or the 'final edit'.

I don't delete any photos from the long list, I keep them all and mark the photos for the final edit. You can choose whichever method works best for you, that could be to give them a 5 star rating or give them a colour label, green for example.

Star rating and Colour Labels can also be done from the Photo menu.

Short cuts:

0 stars (0)
1 star (1)
2 stars (2)
3 stars (3)
4 stars (4)
5 stars (5)

Red Label (6)
Yellow Label (7)
Green Label (8)
Blue Label (9)
Purple Label (No short cut)

I'm going to label mine with a colour label of Green.

The next part of the editing process is a little more tricky.

For the purpose of the Paris Workshop Photobook we are looking to narrow it down to around 40-50 photos per person.

The first thing I would do is to look at photos that are very similar in appearance and just choose one as your pick. Sometimes it's really difficult to choose just one of a little set of images, so if you ended up with some similar looking photos in your long list, just choose one for your final edit.

You could then look to try and include a handful of photos from each different location. Try to keep some consistency in your images without seeming like you're repeating yourself.