After many years of taking pictures with a DSLR camera, I have learned to take fewer pictures and to delete those that I’m not going to use it anymore. This year, I have made another new year’s resolution: putting my favourite pictures of each holiday in a photobook! And this was the perfect excuse to try and review Saal Digital‘s photobook. Read until the end because we have a great giveaway for our readers as well as a gift for everyone joining.
For the review, I created a photobook with the pictures of our trip to Norway. Here are my thoughts:
Saal Digital provides you with a program to create the photobook. Normally, I not a fan of installing extra programs on my computer, but the advantage of it is that I could add my pictures without having to load them first. Browsing the pictures is easy and it works just like opening folders in windows. There’s an option to select all pictures at once and let the program create the book for you. To be honest, I prefer to do it myself as I like to keep the pictures in a correct time frame. But I created one book with this feature and the result was good! You can also select a predefined book format, but I found them anharmonic. They have too many colors and too many stickers. I prefer a book with a white or black background. But this is my taste and, of course, yours could be different.
The software also offers different layouts for the book and you can create and save your own too. I experimented with different layouts and have as much as 10 pictures or as less as 1 per sheet. The software warns you about if your picture is placed over the marge too.
The quality of the book is really great. The paper used is real photo paper! This is really one of the big difference between a Saal Digital photobook and other company’s photobook. The paper is thick and the pictures are sharp. The colors are also great. When I print pictures, I have the problem that the colors differ quite a lot from my computer, but in this case, they were the same and I was really happy 🙂
Saal Digital´s photobooks have a high quality finishing. As I mentioned before, the paper is thick, the covers are robust and the binding is perfect. I deliberately put some pictures across two pages. Saal Digital assures that the pictures should be printed without breaks and without white lines in between. As you can see below, that’s the case. You can put without worrying pictures across the middle of the book.
Once you´re ready to order your book, you need to submit it. This can take some time as all the pictures need to be loaded. For me, it took a while as my pictures are huge.
I submitted my photobook late in the evening and the next morning I already had an email saying that my book was printed and ready to be shipped. One day later, I had the book at home!! That’s what I call German efficiency 😉
I loved how the book turned out!! As a photographer, I appreciate the quality of the photo paper. It gives so much richness to the pictures!! But also it makes feel great to turn the pages. The software is easy and quick. And the delivery, at least for me, was mega quick. Thank you to Saal Digital for letting us testing a photobook, we love it!
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