belltowerlithu.jpgPhoto books are technically easy to put together, but process is keyto a sane experience and satisfying end result.

Here are some of thebest practices I recommend when translating digital images into bookformat:

  • Allot enough time. Depending on the length and number of pictures, putting together a photo book takes time. Give yourself buffer space to play around with formats, import pictures from your digital files, and review and proofread the text.
  • Plot your story. Think ahead about the story you want to tell and the most important points you want to capture. For example, I sketched out a storyboard and realized I wanted to tell the pictorial story in chronological format, and capture key themes like our first days in Vilnius, the Hotel Romantic, meeting the relatives, cemetery visits, churches, and tourist sites.
  • Limit your scope. Focus in enough to truly capture the spirit and adventure of certain aspects of your trip. For example, we traveled to both Lithuania and Amsterdam, but when I tried to include some pages from the Netherlands adventure it threw off the pacing of the book.
  • Mix up people and places. By nature I tend to take a lot of pictures of architectural structures and scenes. My sibs like to take people shots. Choosing from all of our photos, I had a nice combination of people and places, and also ensured that all of us appeared at least once among the pages.
  • Take advantage of the program’s share feature. Recruit another person to help review and give inputs during the process. Most online digital services provide a share feature. You can easily email a link to the project. I was able to do this with my sister and it helped move the process along faster. The link was also invaluable when offering a preview to the family, and sharing pictures with some patient friends who were eager to see images from the trip.

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