Do you keep forgetting to do your photographs justice and print them in books? Well, no excuses now because Blurb offers an easy way to design your photography books straight in your Lightroom Book module through its built-in plugin.
I know the feeling. You have created beautiful photographs from various trips and photo sessions, they silently lay on your external drive or float online, and yet you never seem to find time to sit down and sift through them to create a coherent finished product that you can actually hold on your lap and feel with your fingers. Personally, I feel there is no better way to feel accomplished and proud than seeing your work in physical print format. Whether it's a portfolio you created through a workshop, or just your visual everyday musings of what goes on in the world around you, or maybe a street photography or outdoors trip, the work will sit together beautifully in a finished and thought through format.
I used to design books in InDesign. However, as it wasn't for commercial purposes per se, I couldn't afford or justify paying the monthly fee for it, so after seeing that Blurb, an all around good printing company especially for personal work, now has a Lightroom plugin in its Book Module, I realized it'd be a shame not to give it a go. While InDesign and other more advanced design programs will offer you a greater variety of tools and customization, for personal portfolio purposes or simple photography books this plugin will give you enough to get you started. As long as you use the latest Lightroom version already, you will find the Blurb plugin in your Book Module on the righthand side and you can start designing your book immediately.
The first thing I liked immediately was that you can do it all in one program. No need to go through folders of exported photographs that you then import your chosen files into the book design program. Instead, you simply drag and drop images from your currently open catalog. This plugin offers a variety of customizable page layouts to choose from, you can also add text and choose the type of book, its size, and paper. After you're done, you simply tell Lightroom to send the book to Blurb to finish your upload and pay for it. For people who aren't looking to create anything too involved, this is a great tool that doesn't require a lot of time to learn how to use it.
As I have always said, printing your work is important. It gives you a natural feeling of "this is it" as you finish a project or a portfolio. Think about it, if you were to lose all your files one day, wouldn't you want to have at least a couple books of your work that you can enjoy and pass down the generations? Don't think about perfections and waiting years to capture that one breathtaking image because it may never happen and you may have put down your camera meanwhile.
Also, if you don't have Lightroom yet, Blurb and Adobe offer you to become a Creative Cloud Member with a 15 percent discount for its All Apps Membership. Offer is valid until September 23, 2019 for Blurb registered customers only. You can see more information on the Adobe website.
Do you enjoy creating books of your work?