Dark, bright, bleak, and beautiful—winter has many sides. As we now find ourselves in the middle of the season (here in the Blurb offices in the Northern Hemisphere), we chose to review a selection of books exploring this theme.
Winter’s visual cacophony is captured and celebrated to great effect in photographer and Blurb book-maker Sophie Carr’s book Winter in Iceland. We talked to Sophie about the process of making of her book and what she discovered:
How did you go about making your book?
I took thousands of photos (!) on a 9-day trip to Iceland in March 2012, but picked a selection of my favorites to put in the book.
Which book-making tool did you use?
I downloaded the BookSmart tool, uploaded a selection of photos, and played around with the sizes and layouts, selecting most of the photos.
How did you decide on the format (trim size, template)?
I added a few pages as I went along to make sure I had the selection I wanted included and saved some page layouts that I wanted to reuse, making sure they all lined up properly.
What paper and finish options did you choose?
I chose the ProLine Charcoal Linen cover, ProLine Charcoal End Sheets and Premium Paper, Lustre finish.
We think the book is beautiful. Were there any lessons for you when creating it? What advice would you have for others wanting to create such a successful photo book?
I learned that it's really useful to set up some of your own templates with the photo layouts, so that you can re-use those layouts throughout the book so it's consistent. I also learned that you have to be mindful of borders and page position (different on left and right)—it takes a bit of playing around with to get it right, but it's worth the effort it in the end!