Summerki, also known as Kevin, recently started a thread asking about where we were in our photographic journeys based upon a personal photographic essay with words that he'd seen elsewhere. Several members here have photographic blogs, some with or without writing, so that is one way to go about pulling one's photos together and presenting them. Maybe that's the way to go for some of us, while I think others are thinking about print modes, too. Whether it's a blog, or a photographic book or collection in print, what are some of the best ways to go about this sort of thing - that's what I'm wondering. I'm hoping that this thread will become both a "how to" as well as a repository of ideas and suggestions about how to go about this kind of thing - and that people will feel comfortable adding their own questions and suggestions. A good friend of mine has used Apple's services to create some really great looking books for presents. He doesn't use iPhoto, he uses Photoshop and I haven't actually asked him the steps he took to put it all together. I'll have to do that. Individual books are one way to do it, but what about other ways? And before one even begins to put an essay or album or retrospective collection together - how do you gather your digital photos? Aperture uses a similar set up to iPhoto which was something I was very familiar with and liked, but now I'm a confirmed Lightroom user. Do I place them in "collections" or is there a better way? How do you do it, if you've done it - starting with the digital software you use and take if from there, perhaps?