Creating photo books

Market in Chichicastenango
Market in Chichicastenango

About a year ago I went on a two month trip to Guatemala. I took a lot of photos at the time and also had a great time learning Spanish and exploring the beautiful countryside.

I’ve now started compiling the photos into a photo book using Apple’s Aperture application on my computer. I guess it’s a way to create a tangible reminder of my time away and also gives me something to share with other people so they can experience it too. Think of it like a slide evening (although maybe there aren’t that many people out there old enough to remember that now) except more like a book.

I’ve spent way too long working on this and I’m still not finished. However, it has given me an understanding of what it takes to be a designer and how much work is involved there. I’m not even really dealing with the layout since Aperture mostly has that covered but I do have to choose photos, place them on the page, create some text to describe what is going on and also tweak some of the photos. There’s a lot of work to do if I want to create something I’ll be happy with!

Hopefully I’ll get that finished in the next week or so and will have learnt something to help me create something quicker next time. If nothing else, it has been good going through my old photos and reliving old memories.