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Photo books for fine art photographers

New Zealand portrait and fine art photographer explains how she created a limited edition album, softcover photo book and greeting card series for an exhibition catalogue, and to share her work with a larger audience. Read on to learn about photo book editing, pricing and sales.

Catherine Cattanach is a Wellington-based portrait photographer, wife, mother and coffee aficionado, who was named NZIPP Wellington Photographer of the Year 2018 and NZ Creative Photographer of the Year in 2016. Recently she ventured into the world of photo book creation with two stunning publications Eryngyium and Homage. In her interview she reveals the process and valuable lessons from her experience.

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Photo book design tips from design experts

In this blog post we’ve collected design tips from local and international photo book creators, and some photo book design theory, to help you do your photographs justice. The focus is not on ‘commercially successful’ design but on design that is fit for the purpose of the book whether it be a personal photo project, a self published book, an artist book or other.

Great layout and page design is not intuitive, a fact that has been proven by thousands of books that have passed through Momento’s print facility. We see many good designs but many would also benefit from using a few design fundamentals.

While photographers are more visually literate than most, the ability to compose within the frame of a photograph doesn’t always translate to composition within the frame of a double page spread, but if you want to create the most effective photo book, good design is critical. Depending on the purpose and budget for your book you can choose to design it yourself, or seek assistance from a professional. In either case, the design should always be driven by the purpose and intention of your book.

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Preserve your photographs in print

Better Photography editor, Peter Eastway, provides good reason and advice for printing your best photos from recent travels, a personal project or the last year in a book and encourages photographers to consider what their photo legacy is, especially in this age of ‘digital black holes.’

Better Photography editor and AIPP Grand Master of Photography, Peter Eastway, provides good reason and advice for printing your best photos from recent travels, a personal project or the last year in a book and encourages photographers to consider what their photo legacy is, especially in this age of ‘digital black holes.’

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