My photo book from the Maine vacation came in a few days ago. I am totally blown away.
It is 5×7″ with a soft black cover. The 25 pages contain 69 photos, ranging from full page to six on a page. It is a bound book.
I brought the book to work and started passing it around. The response was amazing for two reasons.
First, everyone who looked at them liked my photos, which was nice because I think I’m getting better as a photographer.
Second, nearly every one who saw the book was amazed something like this could be done by an amateur! That’s the part that blew me away. Nearly every photo site advertises this functionality, yet few people realize it can be done cheaply and easily.
There is one pain in doing this. You have to upload all your photos. Uploading takes significantly more time than downloading!
I wanted to use full size files wherever possible to maintain quality. I uploaded over 120. You really can’t tell how many you’ll need until you get going.
My suggestion is to do the uploading while you eat dinner or sleep.
Once the photos were online, they were available to drag and drop into templates. I chose different templates for each page. This created the structure of the book; how many photos would be on the page and in what physical alignment.
Some templates allow for text, which is a good thing. I used a very casual font, reminiscent of a felt tipped pen, and kept my captions short.
The minimum book size is 20 pages. I got to 20, but still had plenty of photos I wanted to include.
I really had no idea how it would all turn out. It wasn’t until I had the book in my hands and began thumbing through that I realized what I’d stumbled upon.
OK – how much? Believe it or not, the book was printed and shipped to my home for less than $20. Amazing.
It took over a week to get here via the ‘standard’ ground shipping. OK, I’m cheap. So shoot me.
Helaine and I are getting set for a trip next week which is more like an adventure… a photo adventure. I can guarantee there’s another book in my future.
Blogger’s note – Before I wrote this entry, I sent a fan letter to Shutterfly. I wanted them to know how happy I was with my photos and how few people seemed to know about producing these little books. As a thank you, the person who wrote back credited my account with a coupon. I have no idea what the value of that coupon is.
Since I’m writing something nice about Shutterfly, I think it’s only fair to reveal my gift.
¹ – I did have some 5×7’s and 8×10’s printed at Winkflash and they did a very nice job for very little money. Since they’re nearby, in Rhode Island, the photos came back in a few days.