I received my Photobook of Lake Como last week. I am so pleased with it that I have been doing one of the South Island of New Zealand which I finished at lunchtime and sent off. It was thanks to a reader of this blog that I learnt about Jessops photobooks http://www.cewe-photobook.co.uk/. You download the software, work on it at your own pace (which means you can save it and come back to it) and then upload the finished product. Here are some of the pages:
I feel these books are particularly good for photos of art works. I seemed to have a lot of them on this occasion and it certainly makes it easier to study them rather then just having them on the computer. The fourth photo is of friezes on a monastery wall and I was able to take the photo of the whole wall and then put the details on the same page. Brilliant.
I am very pleased with the quality of the photographs and the endless possibilities for different layouts. I have to admit that I have had a couple of problems with the South Island, though. I did the Trans-Alpine train journey and took lots of photos through the windows. For some reason the template did not like most of them even one which another on-line company had accepted for a calendar. So I have just not used them. I particularly enjoyed working on this second one because I stayed in Hokitika which is the setting for 'The Luminaries', the book by Eleanor Catton that has been short-listed for the Man Booker prize and tipped to win by a number of reviewers. The setting feels much more real because I have been there.
I also have a 'work in progress' on Venice. At some point I plan to do one of the North Island of New Zealand but I have many more photos than I had of the South Island so I may end up doing a separate book of Wellington. As these books are not cheap, I am not doing them of every trip though.