“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
As photographers, we aim to capture brief moments in time and make them last forever. A baby’s first picture, a family reunion, Grandma’s 100th birthday, your best friend’s wedding, your first adventure in a foreign country, or even photos of your dog – all of these are moments that we capture so they can be cherished forever. With digital photography, photography is more accessible than ever. Yet, the digital revolution often leads to countless photos hiding on our hard drives. So much so that if it weren’t for the times when we were actually looking for a specific photo, we’d forget about the photos we took on our first trip to Paris.
The best way to make sure you don’t lose track of your magical moments in life is to print your images. And a great way to do this is by creating a beautiful Lush Album with your photos.
In the past, designing a photo album could be a cumbersome task. But thanks to Fundy’s software, designing a Lush Album is simple and fun.
Here are 8 tips for designing your Lush Album using Fundy Designer:
Choose your favorites images
Use a Lush Album to tell a story through your best images. Lush Albums start with 10 spreads (20 pages). Although you may want to put all your client’s images in the album, you will tell a better story if you only choose the best images. Consider the lighting, the expression, the colors, and even the location. Try to limit your selection to about 30-40 images or so. Obviously, this amount can vary, and if you absolutely need to include more images consider increasing the size of the album by adding additional spreads.
Less is More
When designing a Lush Album, you want to be able to “read” the images and be able to distinguish one from another. Some spreads will have 4 or 5 images per spread, but consider using only 1 or 2 images on a few spreads to create maximum drama. This will help you keep consistency throughout the design as well as help keep a clean and modern look.
Negative Space is Your Friend
Sometimes we think that if there is too much white space that we need to fill it in with something. Not always. Negative spaces helps bringing focus to a particular image or set of images.
Rhythm is good!
Often you have several images taken at the same place with the same lighting and wardrobe that only vary in pose. Consider having those images on a single page or single spread to create a pattern and rhythm.
Color and Black & White
More than likely you will have a mix of black and white and color images. When designing an album, avoid mixing the two on the same spread. Creating spreads with all color images or all black and white images makes for a better layout and overall look.
When grouping multiple images, remember to keep a consistent spacing in between each of the photos. This will lead to a clean, modern and well-designed Lush Album.
There a two types of balance: Asymmetric and Symmetric balance. When placing images on a spread, look at the spread as a whole unit. Then decide if you want to have more images on one side or the other, or if you want the spread to be equally balanced.
First and Last Images
Finally, make sure you select a strong starting image and a strong ending image to bookend your amazing photos in your Lush Album!