Saal Digital Photobook
SAAL Digital Photobook
In the modern day we are all photographers to a degree, the development of the mobile smart phone means all most all of us have a camera in our pocket 99 percent of the time. Millions of photographs are taken each day, then what? They sit there in all their digital file glory. A beautiful .jpeg or RAW. Hardly a flattering way to treat that stunning sunset at the beach. Sometimes our images are lucky and get a share on social media, these are the special ones, the ones that deserve more. Then tomorrow comes and another picture of someone's lunch, another picture of the family wedding. Our beautiful image is pushed down the timelines and before we know it, long gone in to the depths of cyber space. Forgotten.
I remember as a kid going to the grandparents house and looking through all the old prints, you know that time where every picture had to be printed good or bad. For me a print in the hand brings it all back and I honestly believe it's the only way to truly appreciate an image. I have had many images printed over the years in many different formats but in this instance I'm going to be reviewing a photobook from Saal Digital. I ceased the opportunity to create a book of images from some of my most recent trips.
Saal Digital are a German print house and boast a wide range of high quality print products. You can find their website at http://www.saal-digital.co.uk. I opted to create an A4 landscape book with a high gloss finish. We must first download their free software to create our book. It's very self explanatory with easy interfaces but allows full control on every aspect of design. There's quick fire templates too if you just need to create something in a hurry with many themes to suit all occasions
Delivery was super quick! Considering these are produced in Germany I was surprised just how quick this came. My only trouble was I wasn't in when the Royal Mail came a knocking and the postman took it to a local collection centre where it was misplaced for a few days. No fault of Saal, purely Royal Mail but I had I been in the turn around was 5 days and I ordered it in the evening too!
After the postie issues I was pleased to get my hands on the product. The packaging was adequate and protected the book well and first impressions were good! I had opted for the high gloss hardback cover and it really gives that initial impressive impact I was hoping for. The pages throughout were printed on what I like call proper photo paper and reproduced each and every image beautifully. The colour reproduction and detail is perfect and I was particularly impressed with the detail in the blacks.
The book is robust and well produced allowing for the layflat coffe table style I was aiming for. The pages are maybe a little thin but there is an option to go for heavier papers which I may try next time. If you picked this book off of the shelf in a bookstore you would not be dissapointed and it would most certainly not look out of place on your coffee table in your professional studio.
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