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Is it correct to say “compiled an album”?

I basically want to convey the idea that I originally had a set of photographs out of which I have selected a few of them and made an album. It would also be great if anyone can suggest some other phrase to convey the same idea.

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There's nothing wrong with the phrase “compiled an album”. Your question, on the other hand, may get closed as ”not a real question” or “off topic”. See faq and improve question. –  jwpat7 Sep 23 '12 at 21:18
    
I class it as General Reference. –  FumbleFingers Sep 24 '12 at 1:17
    
If all the photographs are your own (i.e., belong to you, not your picture) and you had already had them with you, then 'compiled' would be just too much. Album itself conveys the required meaning, so you only need to say you made an album of select photographs. –  Kris Sep 24 '12 at 11:27
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Not exactly GR -- there's substance and relevance in the question. –  Kris Sep 24 '12 at 11:29
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It's a pretty common term. From Macmillan:

compile, tr. v.: to make something such as a list or book by bringing together information from many different places

Another word in a similar vein that's in popular use is curate:

curate, v: to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation

However, curate tends to be more specific than compile; one would curate an album of works by a single photographer, or on a specific subject, for example.

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Agreed. However, these words seem too heavy for the context. Pl see my comment at OP. –  Kris Sep 24 '12 at 11:28
    
@Kris What context? Also, album is not a verb, and the OP is asking for a verb for the act of selecting photographs from a set and putting them into an album. –  Gnawme Sep 24 '12 at 16:05
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You can also "put together an album". –  coleopterist Sep 24 '12 at 16:24
    
+1. And assemble. –  5arx Sep 25 '12 at 0:08
    
@Gnawme "Made" is the simple verb in "made an album". That should do. The nature and quality of the verb is conveyed by the characteristics of the noun "album": A collection ... as a single item. You don't 'compile' a collection, or need to do anything else. I had to post the above comment because both compile and curate have specialized meanings, esp., with regard to art objects such as photographs. –  Kris Sep 25 '12 at 4:58
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Photo Compilation Album would fit better. I assume that you first made a photo compilation, then you provided an album for your photo compilation. That's why I would call it a photo compilation album.

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