In the past, producing a photo book was something which only a professional photographer would really even contemplate. The cost of designing, printing and binding a book of this type would have been such that it was way beyond the reach of most ordinary people or amateur photographers. Digital technology, however, means that absolutely anyone can now produce personalised photo books of the highest possible standard.
The possibilities opened up by the simple production of online photo books in the UK are virtually limitless. Personalised photo books can be put together in absolutely any way and based around whichever pictures you want to feature. People often collect images from their child’s first year, for example, and use these to build a photo book which will be treasured for years to come. Pictures marking the journey from a cot in the hospital to the first day at home, the first solid food, days out and that first birthday party, all gathered together between two covers and produced to standard which would be fit to grace the shelves of any bookshop.
The actual process of buying photo books online has been designed to be as simple as possible, with the software being such that it can guide every customer though the various different stages and produce stunning results even for those who have absolutely no experience in the fields of printing and graphic design. The first part of the process involves uploading the images you wish to use and then choosing the size and shape of your book, as well as the number of pages you wish to have it contain. This is only the beginning, however, since people who purchase photo books can modify just about every single feature of them, tweaking and altering individual facets such as the following:
The Cover – Hard or soft, plain or with a photographic image on it? Fabric or luxury leather – the choice is yours.
Layout – the layout of each individual page is entirely down to you. For some pages you may wish to feature one single picture shown off to its best effect, whilst other may look better with multiple images all jostling for attention.
Text – they say a picture paints a thousand words, and while this is certainly the case, you may still wish to include some text in your book, from simple explanatory captions to amusing comments or a full blown running narrative – once again, the choice lies completely in your hands.
Once you’ve had fun with the software and designed your own book, all you have to do is sit back and wait for it to be delivered. The materials and techniques used for manufacturing the best photo books are every bit as good as those which are used on professionally produced books, including heavy, high quality paper and printing standards good enough to ensure that every single feature of every single picture is captured forever. Whether you’re putting together your very own wedding album, producing a record of the holiday of a lifetime or arranging a ‘This Is Your Life’ style volume to celebrate an extra special birthday, you’ll be left with a memento which will last for many years to come. It’s up to you to decide if you want to keep it for yourself or give it as a gift, but either way it will be a deeply treasured object capable of bringing pleasure for a lifetime.
The next time you’re leafing through the pages of a photo book, think how much better it would be if you could pick and choose exactly the pictures which should grace its’ pages, and arrange them exactly how you want to.