I enjoy books sometimes. Admittedly not novels, or that ’50 Shades of Whatever’ nonsense, that’s so far removed from the traditional definition of a novel and borders cartoon territory. But give me a book full of photographs and I’ll happily have a look through it, be it just in appreciation or if I’m looking for some form of inspiration for a future session.
Every now and then I like to make up my own book with my own work in it. I find it’s easier than having to turn the computer on, sitting on this awful chair at the desk and having a look at them that way. I don’t have a lot of wall space free for new photo frames to be put up and after weighing up the pro’s and con’s of stapling 5×7″ prints to my kids, I opted to make a book! Simple, then I can look at them from the comfort of my own couch!
Having had a book produced by Saal Digital in the past, and been impressed with the quality, I felt it would have been rude of me not to accept their offer to have another book produced. So I headed over to their software, which is incredibly easy to use and therefore suits me, because anybody who knows me, knows I hate things that frustrate me or take longer than is necessary, to the point where I will sack the idea off and look elsewhere. After selecting the product I wanted, and the number of pages, the size and the paper finish, I got stuck in. About 15 minutes later I was ready to order it…and a good 10 minutes of that was spent deciding what photographs to use! I’m very indecisive you see.
The theme I went with was ‘Faces and Places’…essentially a mix of portraits (plus a selfie!) and city-scapes. For those who aren’t too sure, there’s one of Dover, Liverpool and Paris. I was especially impressed with how those came out, given the style of the book I chose, I wasn’t too sure how a single image spread out over two pages was going to work, but it worked perfectly well in my opinion.
The book features spiral binding, and one of the things that I wondered about was whether or not they would have used a standard size, which would have looked horrible. Given how I had only gone for 22 pages, the size that it came fitted with was perfect. It even comes with transparent protective pages front and back, a nice touch.
Check out the gallery below.
I had some reasonably high expectations of the print quality, based on an earlier book and I’m glad it met those expectations. The quality is consistent too, with no faults in the finish. So nothing I didn’t expect.
But would I order the same again. I think so, but with more pages as the prices are still reasonable even if you go for twice as many pages.
Anyway, there we have it, my honest review.
I’m finishing this here and getting off this chair and getting away from this desk, as I fear my backside may be bruised. Don’t buy cheap office chairs.