As a child, my mum always got our holiday photos developed. They usually ended up in a photo album, or made their way to the ‘to be sorted’ basket. But even now, we still pull them out every now and then to reminisce of the good ol’ times. Nowadays, everything is digital, and photos are often filed away on a hard drive, barely seeing the light of day.
Me? Well I guess I take after my mum, because I love looking back over old photos. The main difference between us is that I’m well set in the digital age, and take hundreds of photos over a long weekend. Far too many to get them all printed and into a photo album, which led me to look for alternate options for getting photos into an album.
One of the many options available, is a photo book. Rather than printing the photos and slotting them into a photo album, 2 or 4 to a page, slipping out every time you turn the page too slowly, a photo book prints your photos directly onto the pages. Genius, right? You can even put your own photos on the cover!
So when an opportunity came up with Saal Digital, I jumped at the chance! I’ve been wanting to put together a coffee table book with photos from my latest European Adventure for a while, because they’re just sat on my lovely hard drive, Harold, gathering virtual dust. However, the thought of combing through the photos, pulling out the handful that would fit on the pages and then having to tackle the mammoth task of arranging them in a visually pleasing manner felt overwhelming! Once I’d downloaded the Saal Digital software however, it felt so straight forward I couldn’t believe I hadn’t done it sooner!
After I’d narrowed down the hundreds of photos – yep, I take one or two…- from the trip, I uploaded them with ease to the programme. And then came the daunting step, arranging them in the photo book. Something I’d failed to notice upon first glance was the automatic photo placement, meaning I could easily drag and drop photos to the page and they automatically fall into place. After trying this for a few pages, testing out the different layouts, I decided that I wanted the layout of the photos to reflect the trip a bit more.
Arranging the photos by city, I attempted to allocate a couple of pages to each city, and decided to create more of a collage than a photo album layout, and what actually came from it is a lovely book of memories. Although my trip was mostly planned out in advance and we knew where we’d be and when, the actual day to day was somewhat hectic as we tried to fit in as much sightseeing as we could, because how often do you really get to visit these places? I wanted the photos to overlap, and I wasn’t particularly bothered about them lining up or making much more sense than ‘this page is Verona’.
With so much freedom on offer, the books can really be personalised and made into something special. I’ve not used other companies to do this before, but I found the entire process simple, straightforward and actually quite enjoyable. The only thing I wish I’d done was add more pages and made use of the text function to add a bit of text on some of the pages. All in all though, I’m really happy with my new photo book, and look forward to creating another bigger book for future trips.
I was offered a voucher towards the cost of this photo book by Saal Digital, but all views are my own and honest.