No, I don’t perform the actual printing but I do critique the quality of printed photo books I’ve ordered for myself and clients.
I just printed a “giveaway” from a popular online service and once again the adage proves true.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
The need to pay for shipping for the “free” book didn’t rankle. But the image quality. Oh, the printed image quality from this vendor certainly does continue to annoy. I spend a significant amount of time color correcting and checking exposure on image files before adding them to a project. When the colors “feel off” as I open the book….ugh.
In addition, I used some of their built-in enhancements. Check out the image featured on this post. The black disk is not supposed to have the white smear. It’s THEIR image file and it reflects THEIR quality control. I’m glad I didn’t pay for this.
It is instances such as this which continue to keep them off of my list of recommended photo book print vendors.
As I ponder the various printers, the quality they provide, I also imagine their challenges….To push through a large number (thousands) of individual or small volume print orders in rapid succession to satiate the “immediate gratification” expectations of their customer is no easy task.
There is a wide range of finishing automation for photobooks of all quality levels. But larger machines are not inexpensive ….. In today’s environment where there’s a decent camera in every mobile phone, will consumers choose to spend more on high-quality printed records of life’s memorable moments? Don Piontek
It’s a similar question I ask regarding photo book design. How many are willing to pay for design service? How much are you willing to pay to retain your precious memories?
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