The wedding is over for her, you have finally received the photos from the memorable event and you are already eager to get your designed album.
No matter which company designs the photo album for you, you will be asked to choose about 10-15 percent from all the photos you received.
But how do you sort thousands of photos? Where do you start? Here are some tips and tricks for effective and orderly sorting.
Sorting the photos is very important so that the album is formatted correctly and contains the event correctly. After all, we would not want the groom's aunt to be on the bride's family page, or for Grandpa's boyfriend to appear on the album, right? Therefore it is important to divide the images into categories and filter the unwanted images.
In our perspective, there are recommended sorting tables for all types of albums with recommended categories and a recommended amount of photos for each subject. (Look at the example in the table later in the article)
Which way is best to select and sort the photos?
There are many online systems through which photographers send images with the option to sort and filter. But if you did not receive the images in such a system, follow our instructions for the most efficient way to sort the images.
In fact the best way to view images, sort and select them, should be done on a computer with a large screen.
Make a copy of your raw material on which you can try and make a mistake, and keep the original material just in case you need it.
Before you start choosing photos by topic, you should do a preliminary sorting and download the photos that you probably will not want to see in any collection… such as photos of acquaintances, or photos that are not of sufficient quality and more.
To filter most efficiently and quickly:
Open the raw material folder on full screen.
In the display tab, click the "Preview Pane" button and "Large Icons".
Select the first image.
Using the keyboard arrows, move from image to image. If you come across an image you want to delete, press DELETE on the keyboard and the image will be deleted. (First of all, remember to create a backup copy in case you want to return an image you deleted)
After you have done the initial screening, it is time for the real work.
In order for sorting to be efficient and fast, we recommend maintaining an accessible work environment as follows:
Open two windows in full screen: the raw material folder and the event categories window. (Attached is a downloadable file in which all the folders with the wedding events are arranged in order to save you time.)
Enlarge the folders and images by clicking on the display tab and selecting "Large Icons".
Make sure the Raw Materials folder has a preview pane open.
Arrange the windows according to the attached image
Now that you have arranged in this way, you can easily view the images and simply drag the selected images to the appropriate folder in a simple and fast way.
The following is a recommended sorting table for an average album with 30 pages (60 pages):
In case you are not interested in a certain category or there are no pictures for a certain topic, you can skip to the next topic and make up for the pictures on other topics.
- If you are interested in large photos in the album, it is recommended to choose 25% fewer photos than listed.
- Do not select images that look the same.
- Do not choose images with eyes closed only if the subject of the image is really important and has no substitute.
- It is not recommended to choose really dark pictures only if there is no choice.
We recommend minimizing images so that the design looks more spacious and the images are larger. Remember it is the quality and not the quantity.
Once we understand the sorting principles, here are some tips from our professional team in perspective to choose the best photos for your wedding album.
Which is more important content or quality?
Very important question… Should you put a beautiful image or important content? The truth is that there is no unequivocal answer, sometimes quality wins and sometimes content. For example, if there is a single image of the grandmother with the bride, but the grandmother's eyes are closed, here the content wins and we put the image in the album despite her eyes closed (sometimes it is also possible to open the eyes through editing). Therefore, judgment must be exercised as to whether the content of the image is necessary or not.
The dilemma phase…
You have 10 pictures that look almost the same… What do you choose ???
It is important to pay attention to details that can invalidate the image like closed eyes, gaze, lighting, sharpness of the image. If there are several people in the picture, examine all the characters. Sometimes even if at a glance all the pictures look the same, he feels small differences that make the picture a winning picture.
If after an in-depth review you still have some pictures that look the same, with us in perspective you can send 2 pictures and we will already be chosen for you.
Low resolution images
Sometimes the photographer sends low quality photos for viewing only, and then without noticing, one chooses from these photos for the album. To avoid working in vain, check the size of the images, and if you do not know how to check just check with the photographer if the images are in their original size.
Of course all these problems with perspective are spared, since the whole process of selecting the photos is done through the personal website that the photographer has opened for you. There you will receive the sorting instructions automatically according to the number of pages in the album that you agreed with the photographer.
Click the following links to download the folder structure by event type. After downloading you will need to extract the zip file and turn it into folders. Just right-click - "Extract All".