Over the last few years, I have been developing my photography skills in pursuit of discovering where my particular “style” lies and refining my technique and composition. One other area that I have not truly explored is getting my photography work printed. This ultimately ended up a multi-faceted task.
What I mean to say is that there were some key pieces of gear to acquire and topics of this area to study. Firstly, I would need to purchase a colour accurate display so that it would be possible to accurately process and export photographs to advance to the printing phase. Secondly, I would need to find a print shop or service to publish my work.
To address the issue regarding a colour accurate display, I commenced shortlisting options. From my research, the monitor that ultimately rose to the top of my list was the BenQ SW271. This 4K UHD HDR IPS display is highly regarded for its incredible colour accuracy that comes calibrated from the factory with a specification of 99% coverage of AdobeRGB with a 10-bit IPS panel. From the list of options, this one met most of the requirements and at an attainable price-point. I felt this monitor would be a solid investment in my photography journey.
With regards to finding a suitable print service, I came across a promotion for Saal Digital UK and decided to test out a sample photobook. I decided to print out my project at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew using the Professional Line Photobook.
From the results above, you can see the intricate details and quality of the final product. It is such a great feeling getting your work published. It is one thing seeing it through the camera and viewing it on a display, but having the images come to life in a photobook brings it all to the next level.
The quality is incredible, surpassing my expectations. Colours came out as expected and as I saw on the BenQ SW271. The photographic paper is of excellent quality. The pages can also lay flat which is a great feature, especially for photos which go over the page separators. My impression is that this will add to the longevity of the product as the binding will be less prone to damage such as over-exertion of the pages.
The leather box is another lovely addition which adds to the premium feel to this whole experience. That moment when lifting the lid and seeing the prize within is such a rewarding, premium experience.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this service and will say Saal Digital UK is worth a look for whatever your photography needs. While not necessarily the cheapest option in the market, the support and premium product represents excellent value.
This brings me to the next point, making this product available to those who would like to own a photobook on one of my proudest projects. I am in the process of expanding the collection and adding new photos as part of this special offering. The fall/autumn season, 2021 is where I am targeting to release this product in the store. Please keep a lookout for the announcement of when this product is officially released.
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