With digital cameras making it easy to take pictures, photo albums
are an excellent way to display and protect your photographs. These
hardcover books gather your prints in one place, safe from loss or
damage. While some people prefer using a service to print digital photo
albums, you can also make your own book using hard copies of your
images. Choose books that hold pictures only, or use scrapbook photo
albums for a mix of memorabilia and pictures.
Choosing the Right Photo Albums
Many digital cameras create pictures with a 3:2 aspect ratio, making
4x6 inches the preferred size for prints. There are 4x6 photo albums
made especially to accommodate this popular format. Since most photo albums
have plastic slots into which you slide your pictures, you need to
match the size of your images to the slots. You load the slots either
from the side or from the top, so that the plastic completely covers the
pictures. With this design, it's easy to rearrange pictures if you find
some are out of order.
If you want to mix different sized images on your pages, you can
mount your pictures on plain paper pages using mounting corners. Corners
can be made of plastic or paper. The backs are sticky, so they adhere
to the page and hold your picture secure at each corner. Unlike sticky
paper, there's no danger of getting glue residue on your pictures when
you use corners. You can also get pages with varied sizes of plastic
slots, if not in an album, then as album refill pages.