Having amassed more than 80000 images since starting the blog I thought it timely to put together a Photobook.
I looked at approximately twenty possible suppliers for the book and currently settled on Snapfish. In the past I have used Vistaprint to do A4 sized family history photobook and the quality was excellent.
This time around I chose a 20 cm x 20 cm (8 x 8 inch) square format softcover book of 20 pages. Entitled “From here to There” it’s a brief look at some of the images I’ve collected over the past 12 years, whilst I have been running this blog. I have stated in the past that I’m a generalist photographer and tend to employ a “Spray and Pray” style. What this means is that more emphasis is given to catching the moment first and foremost, other considerations such as composition often take a back seat in many situations.
This style of photography is also what drew me to the all in one style camera such as Fuji’s HS10 and HS20, I would have included an XS1 in the lineup had the sale price been a little more respectable to entice me to shell out a goodly amount of money at the time.
Since then, I’ve used several other cameras and setups and recorded the results here on the blog.
One thing that has constantly nagged at me is my continued lack of printing my images. I do print A4 images using a very good Epson Eco tank printer which I highly recommend. I opted for a photobook rather than straight prints as it provided a way for me to be selective of my image choice given the number of pages available. Image sizes range from 8 x 8 to 4 x 3 and anywhere in between.
Having now compiled the book I’m just doing a final edit and then it will be off to the printer. The total number of images in the book is 43 plus the front and rear cover images. I worked out that if I were to print every image individually it would have cost me in the neighborhood of $100NZD, whereas the completed book couriered to my door will only cost approx. one third of the individual print prices. It makes doing a photobook a very cost-effective way to showcase your images. It also means that you don’t have thousands of 6×4 or 5×7 prints sitting in shoe boxes or albums you never really look at, and yes, we have dozens of those too.
I would encourage you to do the same with your images even if you decide to include only what you think are your best images, it’s much easier to hand a friend or family member your latest photographic work if its in a nicely presented photobook.
One of my favorite images The Autohelm Quartet. Taken with the Canon 1000D in 2016. The only place this image exists is on this website. Approx 4 years ago we suffered a major data loss when one of our backup hard drives failed and took approx. 45000 images with it. These images covered a span of 5 years from 2011 to 2015. Fortunately, I have a few images saved as they are stored on photo sharing sites, but this constitutes a very small percentage. This is what makes printing photos be they in snapshot sizes of photobooks, so important. Without a physical tangible item such as a print, or Calander or some other item a file is basically worthless. I am glad I’m not a videographer as it’s hard to imagine how you could have something in physical form other than a Blu-ray disc as a way to preserve your work. In earlier days you would have rolls of film and a projector and be able to view your work any time.
Th problem with Blu-ray is the limited capacity for storage. External Solidstate hard drives would be useful, but in today’s world, a large capacity storage device inserted into a smartphone would seem the obvious way to preserve and share and enjoy your video endeavors. This would hold true for still photography as well, and as much as I do like looking at my photos on my 58-inch 4k TV, sometimes I just prefer a cup of coffee and a book with nice images and a bit of text.