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The Perfect Photobook

6. How Much Text?

A photobook needs some text, even if it is just the title on the cover. However, your reader will get a lot more out of your photobook if he or she can put the photos into context.

Some photographers hope that their imagery is so strong that words are not needed, but the consensus is that captions and short stories accompanying the photos can transform a photobook into something really meaningful.  

It’s one thing to look at a photo of a glacier and think it looks cool, another to read that the glacier is at the southern tip of South Georgia Island, tucked several kilometres up a narrow fiord. If you’re not a great writer, at least write 10 or 20 words that will put them into context.

A few words can add a lot of depth to an image

But equally, you may feel your photos need little explanation