CREDIT: Tim Daly

Design and Develop a Photobook - Tim Daly

Event info

Limited to 10 places

This course is delivered online and teaches you how to develop your photographic project into an eye-catching photobook. During the one-day course we look at great examples of photobooks based on travel, landscape and documentary themes. We will explore different formats, shapes, paper types and discuss a wide range of DIY and commercial printing services available. We will also look at low-tech methods for creating prototype books, or dummies, so you can reflect on your sequence and layout ideas while keeping costs to a minimum. 

Ideal for those with little or no design experience, the course will show you how to design effective layouts for images and text, arranging and sequencing your content, image file preparation and PDF workflows for commercial printing. The course will be led by Tim Daly

The workshop is run using Zoom video conferencing software and you will be able to watch and interact with your tutor during each topic presentation and ask questions throughout the day. All presentations and notes are provided to you before the event starts, together with tips on how to prepare for the course and use Zoom, if you’ve never used it before.

In addition to the presentations, you will be set short practical tasks using your own images. We encourage you to share questions and work in progress images with other delegates, although this is entirely optional.

10.00 Outline schedule

Topic 1: Classic photobooks to inspire you

Overview of different book types, formats, bindings, covers, print types and papers. How to develop your book concept into a design concept.

Task: Introduce your book idea

Topic 2: Printing methods and book printing services

We will explore a wide range of different printing options including DIY inkjet and bookbinding, zine format, digital c-type lookbook, laser printing (photocopier), Print on Demand such as Blurb, Lulu and CEWE, together with binding and finishing options.

12.30-13.15 Lunch

Topic 3: Book layout applications

Comparing Lightroom, Blurb’s own bespoke software and InDesign. Which app is best for your project?

Topic 4: Type essentials

Developing a cover design, title page, chapter heading, captions using sensitive type styling.

Topic 5: PDF preparation

Learn how to export and prepare your finished file for commercial printing.

Printing thumbnail spreads to make simple book dummies.

Recap of the day

16.00 End



A Mac or Windows computer or laptop with Lightroom Classic installed

Internet access

A webcam or microphone for interacting (your laptop may have these built-in already)

Speakers to hear the presentations

You will need to install the Zoom app, but full instructions will be provided.


Please look out for the attachment in your confirmation email, as the Zoom joining information is there. If you don't receive it, please email  

Tim will need access to your email address to enable him to send you any workshop information. We will presume that by booking this course you are giving permission unless you contact us to state otherwise. 

Overseas participants - Please check the time of the workshop if you are outside the UK. This link which will help you to calculate the timing of the online workshop:

The Tutor: Dr Tim Daly is Senior Lecturer in Photography at Chester University.

His specialist subjects are photography production and artist's publishing. Tim teaches on all levels of the BA Photography programme with special responsibility for practice based modules, and also contributes to the MA Fine Art programme. Tim has had many photography books published, and has been teaching RPS workshops for a number of years.


Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.



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