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.