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SAAL Photobooks- I've found a new photobook supplier!
As a student photographer, I’ve explored many different ways to present my work to ensure that it’s appropriate to the material and also the audience. I’ve made various sized photobooks over the years from small postcard hard backed books through to larger softbound booklets. I’d seen SAAL media pop up on my social media feed a couple of times and with a refresh of my aviation portfolio, thought that I would give it a chance. The key for me is the ease in which I can put a book together, in the layout I want and with the options to be able to upload and move images around easily.
I’ve tried a couple of well-known photobook providers over the years and have always found the software to be quite clunky and hard to use, which coming from someone with a strong IT background and qualification does say a lot. I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised, the software was sleek, easy to use and logical, and it took less time getting started than it usually would for a book making exercise. In the past I’ve had an issue uploading a quantity for files for the book and have had to leave my laptop on overnight to do so at times, I was expecting the same with this but again, in a normal houseful where we’ve got different PCs and devices all using the internet connection, it only took a few minutes for the images to be uploaded. Dragging and dropping them into the different frames was easy, the only time I struggled was when I wanted to move an image in the frame but even that was simple once I’d figured out which part of the menu above each frame I needed to click on. It does seems quite intuitive. I didn’t want any captions in so left these fields blank and the pages and one, well maybe two proof reads later I was ready to place the order. Again this next stage was really straightforwards to do and then it was just a matter of waiting.
Skipping forwards a few days, there is nothing better than getting in from work and seeing a parcel waiting for you, inside was my A4 photo booklet. Firstly, there was an odd page on the front which made look at it twice and then I relaxed, if you order one, it’s a removable order page just to help identify your product. I love opening a new book or a print parcel and seeing what my work looks like, if the colours are correct, the quality of the paper etc. and I was pleasantly surprised. It has flexi plastic clear covers and is ring bound so the pages open well and lie flat.
A lot of the images I’ve chosen for this are either black and white or deep toned and the colours can be quite hard to replicate accurately. In this, they look stunning, accurate and vivid and really sell the work. Paper choice can vary depending on person, audience, style but I prefer a more matte paper which also complimented the choice of image. Most of all, it didn't feel cheap, yes it was a reasonable price (which can alter depending on how many pages you want) but I've got a product which is an easily portable way to display my work so I'm very pleased.