Last month – after about a year of procrastinating – I finally decided to have a photo book made. My own pictures in print for a coffee table book.
The reason it took so long to decide was that I couldn’t be bothered to download every provider’s software to test what I liked best, so in the end I looked at several sites that had tested photo book printers, and I decided on the one that was supposed to have the best print quality.
I wanted to have my food projects pictures printed but found out it was quite expensive. On receiving the book I understood why – I had chosen “extra thick” pages, which are basically as thick as pages in a children’s book. I hadn’t needed that but now that I knew better, I’d choose a different option next time.
The quality of the printed book is extraordinary, though. Unfortunately I’m not too good at capturing pictures of pictures, so the ones you see below will probably not convince you of the print quality of the book – but I can attest it’s perfect.
I decided to give it another go with a “normal” page thickness (which is still thicker than a book you can just easily leaf through), this one was very reasonably priced, plus they had a 10 Euro discount offer going all through March.
That offer made it quite easy for me to decide on another book, this time prints of the “Friday Flowers” I’ve been posting over the past few years here on the blog. I love the results.
So next I ordered one that I called “Raw Materials” which contains pictures of raw food.
The fourth and last one I ordered is a collection of the “Everyday Details” I love to shoot. For the three other books I’d chosen a plain 1 picture per page layout. For this one I chose two different layouts (you can mix them, choosing a different one for each page), one that has 4 landscape pics spread over 2 pages, and one that has 4 portrait pics spread over 2 pages.
If you’re interested in the printers, I believe they’re a German company but have international websites, too:
I’ve also ordered postcard prints from them, and liked them very much. With most providers, you pay extra if you want anything printed on the backside, but with Saal Digital I was able to have a self-created barcode printed on the backside, and that was included in the printing price.
I’m currently awaiting a second large order that’ll be delivered this week.
I don’t like endorsing companies here on my blogs, but I found their print quality extraordinary, their service (book printed and delivered within two days!) very good, and the fact that they often offer discounts worth a mention.
Goodbye to a month of illness in the family, of finally but sloooowly getting caught up with the new year even though we’re already a good quarter into it, but also a month of good news.
Earlier this week I booked my flight to Boston for my New England summer vacation and did a mental happy dance when the confirmation came in, I received my ESTA approval, and finally had something really good to look forward to.
A day later I got confirmation that I got a space at a London food photography workshop in April – more mental happy dancing.
Photography-wise I was resigned to the fact that I did not have enough picture material this month – even though it’s the shortest of the year. Then a few moments ago I realised I’d saved some away in an extra folder for this review – no happy dance, but relief.
Reviewing my pictures – not taking into account the winter wonderland ones – I might have to rename this blog “The Flower & Food Blog”. Looking forward to spring and more time outside.
How was your month?
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I wasn’t going to put any words in my monthly reviews this year, but you know what happens to the best-laid plans…
Just wanted to mention that I went onto a very short photo walk in an area in Stuttgart that is actually a world heritage site. I remember going there with a friend many years ago, and we both thought we must have gotten the wrong place.
This time I made sure I got it right, and it turned out we had indeed been in the right place, only… at the risk of sounding like a philistine… it was absolutely boring and quite disappointing. What makes the place a world heritage site are houses by Le Corbusier. If you’re interested in architecture, you might like it, but it’s really not worth planning a trip there unless you live in the city anyway.
What I found way more interesting – even though just for a little detail photography – were some of the surrounding houses, built after WWII as a replacement for the ones that were bombed out. According to the info boards, there were eight houses altogether, all built by different architects, and were seen as not fitting into the environment as they were quite different in style than the existing buildings.
And that’s it – hope your January was a pleasant one!
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I know – it’s very pink! 😀 Last week desleyjane and I had a conversation about fuchsia photography backgrounds. I was inspired by that conversation to make one, so stopped by the DYI store this week, got a tiny can of glossy acrylic paint that called itself “orchid” but to me was totally fuchsia, and made this background in 5 minutes later in the week.
I happened to have bought a bunch of carnations a day earlier, which very annoyingly were almost dead on arrival – the blossoms were on such thin stems they hardly survived the trip home from the supermarket. So I decided to behead them straight away instead of being annoyed, found a bowl, and let the flower heads swim a little.