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How I Make a Photozine

January 27, 2020


Hi I’m Theo. In this video, I’m going to show you how I make a photozine in a brief way. First things first. Choosing a subject matter. The other day I did a photo walk with my friends around a Chinatown in Toronto. In fact, I don’t do a photo walk very often, and it was my first time to take photos with my friends on the street in this city, so I wanted to take photos of the occasion to document it. In other words, my friends’ subject matters might be things and people on the street, but my subject matter was the photo walk itself. In this case, I chose a theme or subject matter beforehand, but other times, I take photos of whatever catches my eye and then develop it as a topic for my photography project. Second, shooting photos. There are so many different ways for me to shoot photos, but when I take photos during an event, I always think about the start, the middle, and the end of the event. In this photo walk case, the start was to meet my friends, so I took some photos of my friends in front of the cafe where we met. The middle was, of course, doing the photo walk. While I enjoyed taking photos on the street, I also took some photos of my friends as they shoot photos on the street. The ending part was finishinng the photo walk, so I took a photo of their backs, suggesting that we finished the photo walk and went home. Third, selecting photos. You don’t use all of the photos you take but select the best photos for your project. I usually consider two things when I select photos. The first consideration is which photos should be the start and the end. Like I mentioned before, for the starting point, I chose the photo that I had taken when we met. For the ending part, I chose the photo that I had taken when we almost finished the photo walk. The second consideration is which photos tell the same stories or messages, so I can exclude them. To put it another way, I try to avoid tautology in George Orwell’s novel Ninety Eighty-four, in this case with different images. For example, among these pigeon photos, I only picked what I think was the best. Fourth, sequencing photos. When you say or write things, which word or sentence comes first matters. The context or meaning can be different depending on that order. The same applies to sequencing photos. Another important point when you sequence photos is that the flow has a rhythm the same way music does. In other words, The order of photos makes a rhythm. The rhythm could be light or deep, fast or slow, and peaceful or urgent. You should find an appropriate rhythm for your project by sequencing photos. On top of that, when you put your photos in a book, you should also think about how many photos to put on each page, which has an impact on the rhythm. Finally, designing and printing zines. When I design my zines, I use Adobe Indesign. Firstly, you choose a size. According to the size of zine, your project can look very different even with the same photos. Next, you choose how many pages your zine has. In terms of saddle stitched zines, I think 28 to 32 pages are reasonable, and the number of pages have to be a multiple of four. And then, you start putting your photos in a book. You can refer to the order you earlier made and make different variations. Finally, you export the file as PDF, and print it. When you print your zines, you choose what paper to use. Simply put, you should decide between matte paper and glossy paper, and you also decide how thick or how much the paper weigh. I would recommend 25 to 35lb paper. Today I’ve showed you how I make a photo zine in a simple way; choosing a theme, shooting photos, selecting and sequencing photos, and designing and printing zines. In the next videos, I’ll talk about each step in a more detailed way. Thank you for watching this video and I hope to see you next time.

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