Lightroom Session: Bookmaking

Learn how to lay out, edit and print professional books from within Lightroom Classic.
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Nothing gives your photos more power and presence than collecting them into a printed and bound book. There are dozens of sites where you can order books including Shutterfly, Apple Books, Mpix, Snapfish, Google and Blurb as well as some fancier outfits geared toward wedding books. They all do a good job but there are big advantages to using the Book module in Lightroom Classic.

Getting Ready

  • Who is your book really for? Knowing this will help with every part of your project.
  • Some tips on selecting images for your book project.
  • Choosing the size, style and paper quality that best suits your images and budget.
  • Calibrating your monitor so there are fewer unpleasant surprises.

Building Your Book

  • Setting up an Auto Layout preset for your first draft.
  • Deciding on a layout style and why keeping it simple is often best and easiest.
  • Creating and saving custom layouts.
  • Border or full bleed, when to stick to the rules and when to bend them.
  • Dealing with text while keeping it from killing your images. (hint: go small)
  • Sequencing and juxtaposition, two fancy words that lead to a stronger book.

Reviewing, Ordering and Proofing

  • What to look for when reviewing your book before ordering. Using the PDF export function.
  • Uploading the book, setting up an account if you don’t already have one.
  • If you’re going to order several books it’s always best to order a single proof copy first.
  • What to look for in your proof and and how to make corrections.

  • Cost per person is $40 early registration, $50 late registration.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Class starts promptly at 6:00pm CST and lasts no more than 1.5 hours.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 20.

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?

A: Like in the classroom, this online session is a demonstration class where you do not need to have Lightroom open on your laptop during the class. We encourage you to watch the instructor during the class and practice what you’ve learned in your own time after the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question to a specific project you may be working on, the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel an online class?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive 100% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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