One of the coolest—and possibly the least utilized—features of iPhoto is its photo book feature. With it, you can create professional-quality photo albums in a variety of styles, sizes, and formats.
The iPhoto Book Feature in Action
I first used the photo book feature more than four years ago—is it that long?—when I returned from an excellent cruise in the Caribbean. I'd been shooting photos with my Canon PowerShot camera and had quite a collection to import into iPhoto. And since the trip had been a gift, I thought a photo album of the trip might make a nice thank-you gift for our hosts. The book I put together had more than 50 pages and cost a small fortune, but it turned out great. My copy is still on my coffee table at home. Because the cover features a photo of the front of our ship, many people think I bought it on the cruise and they can't understand how we got our own pictures into it.
Two years later, I created a photo album for my brother and his new wife. The album featured candid photos I took the day before, the day of, and the day after their wedding. Although there aren't any fancy group shots in it, it turned out to be a fascinating look at an East Coast wedding.
But memories and keepsakes aren't the only reason to create an iPhoto book. Earlier this year, I created a small, 20-page book to help me promote my company's helicopter tours. Filled with snapshots of the helicopter and the places to which I fly, it gives potential customers a preview of my tours. And I always have an extra copy on hand, available for sale as a keepsake for passengers.
It's time for me to create a new Flying M Air Tour Book. If you follow along with your own copy of iPhoto 5 (part of the iLife '05 package) and your own photos, you can build a book with me.