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Nov 15, 2013 15:23 |  #31

The example album in the first post is fairly typical of what I still do. I'd say my latest albums are simpler these days. One of my recent sample albums is available here.


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Nov 15, 2013 15:35 |  #32

Very generous of you--thanks a lot. I'll have a look.



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Apr 24, 2014 07:41 |  #33

Thanks for the excellent write up, Tim.

I'd like to add a couple of thoughts that will be evident for the pros, but might be of help for the beginners.

Don't have people looking off the edge of page. A photo on the left of edge of the page looking off to the viewers left will be disconcerting to view. Our eyes tend to go where their eyes are looking. Have them looking toward the fold or at the very least looking at another photo on the page. This coincides also with how we read a page. Look over the layout as if you are reading the story (which really you are, just in photos). Does it make sense?

Odd numbers play nicer with our brain. A page with three photos will usually tend to be more aesthetically pleasing that two or four.

Obviously, as stated with other guidelines, these are not hard and fast rules.


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Apr 24, 2014 16:22 |  #34

I agree with the not having people look toward the edges of the pages. However I disagree about the odd numbers - most of my pages have even numbers of photos, or just one photo. This relates slightly to my points about symmetry and balance, but not strongly, as you can have symmetrical balanced pages with 3 images. I do have some pages with odd numbers of images, just not a huge number. I think this point is personal taste.

Example here (external link) - an older one, but representative of my work.


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Apr 24, 2014 20:49 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #35

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I agree that it doesn't have to be odd numbers. "Rules" are made to be broken. I was referring to the "rule of odds" that is often used in composition and design. I'm not a wordsmith so perhaps this will help explain it just a bit. http://photo.stackexch​ange.com …/what-is-the-rule-of-odds (external link)

Your pages with four on one side and a larger on the other work well. And even the ones with two sets of four provide nice symmetry. My personal preference would steer away from the pages with one photo on each side. I mean no offense though. You are lightyears ahead of me in all aspects.


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Apr 24, 2014 22:03 |  #36

One photo per side is a good way to feature the couples favorite images. Sometimes I put one really strong photo on the right hand page and leave the left page completely blank.


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Apr 25, 2014 00:07 |  #37

NewCreation wrote in post #16859401 (external link)
"Rules" are made to be broken.

I break them all with my designing. White space is a dirty word in my world :D


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Apr 25, 2014 00:58 |  #38

Without white space albums look cheap to me, like someone can't afford more pages so they have to stuff in as much as you can on each page. Each to their own though.


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Apr 25, 2014 01:05 |  #39

tim wrote in post #16859741 (external link)
Without white space albums look cheap to me, like someone can't afford more pages so they have to stuff in as much as you can on each page. Each to their own though.

I don't charge per page though... 70-80 pages was my standard size for over 6 years. If I need an extra few pages for the design I just add them and don't charge.


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Apr 25, 2014 04:14 |  #40

I charge per page, seems the easiest way to do it.


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Apr 25, 2014 04:58 |  #41

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I don't charge per page though... 70-80 pages was my standard size for over 6 years. If I need an extra few pages for the design I just add them and don't charge.

Wow! 70-80 pages and not a fan of white space. That's a lot of photos - and work!


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Apr 25, 2014 06:42 |  #42

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Wow! 70-80 pages and not a fan of white space.That's a lot of photos - and work!

150-250 photos per album. Examples can be found on my website.


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Apr 25, 2014 07:16 |  #43

memoriesoftomorrow wrote in post #16860000 (external link)
150-250 photos per album. Examples can be found on my website.

Those are very nice albums. What do you use to lay them out?


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Apr 25, 2014 07:41 |  #44

NewCreation wrote in post #16860054 (external link)
Those are very nice albums. What do you use to lay them out?

Thanks. InDesign. No templates page layouts. All bespoke.


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