I mentioned a few posts ago about having a project in mind to design and print a coffee table book for my archive and that this would be my third. Following the post, Gerald H, a subscriber to my Notebook kindly responded with positive comments on my photography together with some useful suggestions should I decide to go down a commercial route to publication. However, I hope I haven’t blown my project out of proportion, making it seem more than is intended. It’s not really a commercially viable project (as my processing Lab charge around £120 per copy) but merely an attempt to safeguard my photography efforts in printed form for posterity; hopefully for the enjoyment of my children and grandchildren. I think it safe to say that any picture files on disc or on hard drive will at some point become un-readable and thus lost to future generations, unlike a hard-copy book.
For interest, I design my coffee-table books with around 40 leaves (that is 80 pages) resulting in double-page panoramic images also with single or multiple images per page, whatever looks best. This is the way I used to design albums for my wedding clients. Each book has around 170 images and I include an index to the images; the layouts are then uploaded to my professional lab Colorworld in North Shields for output as a Coffee Table Book. Since producing my last Coffee Table Book (about 2 years ago) I now have enough photographic material for one, if not a further two, new books.
I can’t take credit for the style of Index Page shown below as I picked up the idea from Joe Cornish’s book, FIRST LIGHT; otherwise I find myself with the annoying habit of going to a caption before looking at an image, if they are positioned next to each other.