How to Make a Photo Book

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When making a photo book, use a series of photographs that go along the same theme, find a sleeved portfolio to keep the photos protected, or go to a professional printer to make a bound book. Create a cohesive photo book with information from a professional freelance photographer in this free video on photography.

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In this clip we're going to talk about how to make a photo book. If you're at the point where you're starting to think about how to make a photo book, you definitely have taken some pictures, and decided that you wanted to do something personal. And this is definitely something that is more for yourself than for anybody else. When you want someone to buy it, obviously, you're hoping that they buy into you, also, but it's a personal project. And, what you kind of want to do when you decide on how you're going to make a photo book, it's a strictly one-themed idea, whereas, like, a portfolio is a variety of different things that you take. You definitely look for something that you can specifically hone in on, something that means a lot to you, or something that you've decided you're good at. Or an interesting idea that you wanted to explore. It's kind of like your thesis, as a photographer. And, the way you go about this idea is, I really think that you could...it could be an idea....dawns upon you one day, obviously. But, I think it would also be good for you to look through your own photographs and try and find some themes of things that you constantly do, and connect it and kind of try and hone in on it. For example, I mean, a lot of people will do just....Anne Geddes, for example, she does little kids in different costumes. And, I mean, maybe one day she was taking a picture of little kids, maybe she's always liked little kids, maybe she's always liked dressing little kids up in costumes. But it's definitely something that she was able to really access and enjoy doing. I, sometime I would like to do a photo book about, like, a pair of underwear. Not...not risque, necessarily. But I mean, there's so many things you could do. You could take a picture of a girl wearing them, a kid wearing them. They could be by a bed, you could find them in a tree. Like, there's different ideas that you can find to go around anything. So, definitely find something that you want to work with, because there's going to be a lot of pictures taken on this one project. Enough, obviously, to fill a book, and really talk about, through pictures, what you want to say.

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