What are Contact Sheets?
Contact sheets are useful to show clients how their finished photographs will look. Contact sheets are sheets filled with all the photos from the shoot. Contact sheets are easy to produce and will make your photography business much more professional.
What is a Contact Sheet?
A contact sheet is similar to a negative but in positive colors. This contains thumbnail images of all the photos from the shoot. This makes it very easy for your clients to look at the photos that you have chosen and decide which ones they want to order. These are also sometimes known as an index sheet.
Digital Contact Sheets
When using software like Photoshop it's actually very easy to create contact sheets. This is simply a matter of selecting the images that you want to include and then allowing the wizard to add them in place. These can then be printed out on any photo printer. The photo contact sheets can be printed to a large sheet of paper or a much smaller 4"x6" photograph if you prefer.
Deciding Which to Order
The best advantage of a contact sheet is that it gives your clients an opportunity to look at the photos before they have ordered them. They can then decide exactly which photos they want to order and have printed larger.