We often forget that photos are the most important part of a photo book. I made my last photo book with none of the fancy artwork I have used for other books, and I have yet to have one person ask me where the artwork is. Instead, I have received a lot of positive comments about the book, as well as questions asking me how it was created.
To see a PDF slide show of my latest photo book, open Mt Rushmore.
About Mark Mizen
I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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I agree. No artwork is required, but it’s lots of fun to get to use it. 🙂 As long as you have journaling – that to me is just as important as the photos.
agree … artwork isn’t important. But journaling is. Photos were great .. but I found myself looking for stories about the things you saw and did.
Love it… Your photos are artwork!
Some stunning photos, Mark, and great layouts. They are much the way I do my digital books; I have tons and tons of artwork, but seldom use any of it because I’m filling all the pages with photos as you did. Some books have as little journaling as this one does, and others are filled to the brim with stories, as I imagine yours are as well…I love the versatility of digital, and how easy it is to adapt your style, whether you prefer mostly (only) photos, or a great use of all the artwork that’s available.
artwork is great but please journal your photos!
Great book, Mark! I do agree with all the journaling comments. I prefer to write more, rather than use too much artwork. I enjoy your blog.
Showcase the photos and journal the story, That’s my reason for scrapping.
Beautifully done, Mark. And I’m jealous that you got to go to Sturgis!
This is a great idea to keep in mind!! Loved the Sturgis pics! We accidently took our kids up there in 1989. The bikers are the thing remember most!!!
Should have said “accidently chose that time to go to Mt Rushmore during the motor cycle rally”.