Like many people, I like to take photos. And like many people, I have got thousands of photos, most of them stored on a hard disc, waiting for those spare moments that I take a look at them. In the pre-digital photo era, things were easier. You took a few dozens of photos, had them developed, put them in a book, and that was it! Things got complicated…
So in an attempt to change the fate of the forgotten photos I embarked on a photo book challenge: to capture the highlights and memorable moments of 2015 in a single 50-page photo book. (In addition, I made a pledge to myself that from now on, I would make two photo books every year: one for Maria and another one for Ahmed and me. I made an album of Maria’s first year in March/April.)
So, now that the month is over, the question is:
How did the photo book challenge go?
I am glad to tell you that I finished and ordered my album last Tuesday (May 31) and received it three days later. But the challenge would not have been a challenge if there had been no challenges. 😉
It took me a good number of hours to complete the project. I haven’t actually measured how long I spent working on it, but it was quite a job. As it is impossible to do anything on a laptop with a 13-month-old toddler in the house, I had to do everything during nap time or in the evening.
I also wanted to edit all the photos I chose before adding them to the album, which I did using Lightroom. I like this program, but I don’t think it is a great editing tool. Perhaps I just don’t know it well enough, but it is not very user friendly in my opinion.
When I was about to finish the project on May 30 I discovered several tools in the program I had been using, such as the possibility to add various layers to a page and use a photograph in the background. Perfectionist as I am, I decided to update various pages to include these, which took me another evening.
And, once I received the book, I opened it and noticed a couple of photos missing on one page! I wonder how that could have happened, but I double-checked and they were there when I ordered the book. So I’m now in the process of (hopefully) getting a new book. Fingers crossed all will be fine then.