I personally like printed pictures much better than when they are presented on a screen. Unfortunately, I rarely print a photo book. Only for special occasions like when my grandfather turned 75. I gave him a photo book presenting a selection of the photos I took at his birthday. Another time was when my girlfriend and I went on our first vacation trip together 4,5 years ago. Last week, a German company (Saal Digital) that is profiling herself in The Netherlands, gave selected group of photographers a free photo book, in exchange for a review. The review can be found at the bottom of this blog. In this blog I discuss why printing pictures is way better than viewing them on a screen!
For me printed photo books are great for multiple reasons. First, every display, whether it is on your phone, your laptop, or television, shows colours and contrast differently. This is because the monitors are calibrated differently, but also because not every display is able to show the same amount of colours. If you print the pictures, every spectator you’ll show the book, will see the same colours.
However, probably the biggest difference between printed pictures and the ones shown on your screen is the physical aspect. Having something non-digital to watch, or even to hold in your hands add so much to the dynamics of a picture and thus to experience of viewing the photo. Besides, your screen is a light source, which is exhausting to the eyes. Viewing some photos on paper, is relaxing.
Another great aspect of a printed portfolio, is that you can not show it on-line. I can hear you think, how is that an advantage? Well, your audience is much smaller, so the product is more exclusive. But how about you being able to present your work personally? The feedback you’ll get is much more intense. Compliments or remarks aren’t done in writings, but personally, with expressions and emotions and what not.
The times I printed my work, I enjoyed it a lot. Makes me wonder: How about a large print on the wall? Have you ever printed your work? Let me know by leaving a comment!
Thanks for reading and kind regards,
Saal Digital gave me a free photo book in exchange for a review. It was Easter by the time I ordered my book, so delivery took a week (it had to be shipped from Germany to The Netherlands during holidays). Creating my book in the Saal Design Software was easy. There are multiple templates to select from for many purposes (like for a professional portfolio, baby photos, or celebrating an anniversary). In my opinion the only downsides of the software are the limited set of fonts for text (I would have liked categorised fonts) and the ability to move a picture within preselected location on the page (I figured out double clicking it did the trick, this should have been easier).
The software offers the ability to save your project, so you can work on it for multiple days without loosing your work. After designing your book, the order process starts. You can select multiple options, like matte or glass paper and a (non) padded cover.
The quality of the prints are fine! Nice vivid colours and good sharpness. The pictures are printed just as I hoped they would. All in all a fine product. Whether or not the price is competing, is up to you.