Can you remember the excitement of those pre digital days of getting your photos through the post, after sending your films off to be developed? I was always slightly nervous, as there was the opportunity for them to get lost on the way there and the way back. I think that I was never unlucky, but a joke of the time (and probably not understood by anyone born this century was, “what did Cinderella say as she posted off her films to be developed?“, “some day my prints will come!“. I know, it is the most appalling joke and pun.
In these days of digital our photos are not going to get lost in the post, and save for a computer disaster (please back up – I use a cloud based service that backs all my content up all the time) we are not generally going to lose our images. In the 8 years that I have had a digital camera I have only ever had one bad memory card, faulty from brand new, rather than failed. I’ve never, touch wood, lost any content. I think it is rather sad that many people not longer have physical photos – the last time I had photos printed was about 5 years ago. I keep meaning to produce a photo book, but it is one of those things that I put off and put off.
The folks at Photobox challenged me to put together a recipe book for British Food fortnight, and I am thrilled with the results.
There seems to be an almost endless choice of books and layouts, I went for a simple square book, and used the set recipe layouts (from a choice of 5) and had a full page image accompanying each recipe. There is some guidance as to which book will suit which type of content , and many of the books are designed to lie flat making them suitable for panoramas.
Once you start the process is very intuitive, it is easy to insert pages, choose their layout and format text. Photos can be uploaded into albums so you can keep each project separate , and a handy toggle button will hide all photos that you have already added to the book ensuring that you do not miss any out, or add them in twice.
Once you are done you can view in preview mode and reorder the pages one at a time by dragging and dropping, there is a very useful check box to reorder by double page. There is a handy to guide to price at the top of the page – each book costs a minimum amount and then the prices increases with each added page – my 8″ square 30 page book is £34.99, with each additional page costing 99p.
Delivery is swift, and you are kept up to date with e-mails as to when you can expect your book.
Overall I am delighted with the book – it looks far better than I expected with very high print quality and true colour reproduction (I’ll certainly trust Photobox for prints for my camera club competitions), the paper is fabulously thick – almost thin card, the covers are robust and everything is well put together.
No real niggles, it takes a while to get into the swing of putting a book together, and I’d like a spell checker, the ability to print off a paper copy for proofing, and a way of easily adding a contents page and page numbers. I am not so keen however on the £5.50 charge to remove the Photobox logo from the back page.
At a penny shy of £35 it is not that cheap, but you can get a lot of prints into a 30 page book, and prices for books start from £10 with frequent offers and sales once you are signed up.
All in all very very good, and I am sorting out photos from special trips to get some more books made.
Top Tips for creating a book with Photobox
- Think about how you want it to look before you star
- Allow plenty of time – including getting to grips with the software my book took about 3 hours (not including photo editing time
- Choose, edit and upload all the photos you want before you start – it makes an easier workflow – I use Lightroom to edit photos, free software such as Picasa or Picmonkey is easy to use and fantastic to use for cropping, brightening, darkening, or for making things look the right colour
- Type text into a word processor and spell check it before adding to the book.
- Keep it simple and consistent. There are seemingly endless options for everything – backgrounds, colours, fonts – so your book can be anything that you want but you know sometimes less is more
- Do not try to complete the book in one go. Allow several sessions, and give yourself time to proof, you will be surprised how many mistake you find when you look at the book with fresh eyes
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