Because we live in the digital age, you can now do things that were once thought impossible. You can take as many pictures as you like, for instance, without having to worry about paying for the development of poor quality images. And you can even print photobooks nowadays, which means you don’t even need glue for albums anymore. The only difficulty you may have, if you do want to create a photobook, is choosing which images to use. Because you can now take thousands, it may feel a bit overwhelming to choose the right one.
How to Choose the Best Pictures to Print Photobooks
You’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to be a professional photographer in order to decide which photographs will work best in your album. Rather, you need to take the time to look at things esthetically, which is really all you need to make something beautiful. And if you don’t have confidence in your own artistic sense, then consider the following tips:
- The subject. They say that a picture says a thousand words, so you need to choose an image that does exactly that. The subject should be clear and the image should emphasize that. The subject can be anything your like, such as a wide angel scenic lake, an object, or an individual.
- The size and composition. Good photographs show detail. They have subject, a foreground, and a background that speak volumes. You also have to think about the physical size of the image. Some things look better if they are in a long shot, whereas other things look much better in closeup.
- The focus. Pictures that are out of focus should be dismissed straight away. Sometimes, a certain subject in the image is in focus, and the background is out of focus, which is fine. However, images that are completely out of focus rather than being defocused are an absolute no-no.
- The exposure and lighting. Good photographs make use of the light. Make sure that the image isn’t underexposed or overexposed, as this will make the album look dull. Thanks to editing software, which you should be able to access through the photobook software, you can play with the lighting, increasing or decreasing brightness, exposure, saturation, contrast, ad so on.
- The color. Finally, photobooks look best with brightly colored images, because these are emotive. However, you can move away from that to create effects. Sharp black and white images, for instance, look very modern. Meanwhile, sepia images look more traditional and vintage.
With these five tips, you should be able to create a beautiful looking photo book. You don’t have to worry about the printing technology, as that is the responsibility of the printing company. So long as you get the images right, you will have something that looks absolutely beautiful. Best of all, there are lots of printing companies out there, and their prices are surprisingly affordable as well.