Thursday, July 24, 2008

iPhoto book in Australia

I've just received the first book printed through iPhoto using Apple's printing service.

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The book was assembled in iPhoto from pictures taken with a pocket Sony DSC W300 camera (which I'm very happy with).

It was AU$12.50 for a 20 page (read 20 sides plus front and back cover) 8" x 6" soft cover book.

The books are printed somewhere else in the world and re-posted from Mascot in Sydney (near the airport) so it took 15 days from order to arrival, although it shipped in just two days from somewhere.

I've got to say - it looks great! A very professional looking production that I'm proud to give away and keep on the shelf (I ordered a couple of copies).

Normally, I choose a few digital images to get enlarged at the local printer for gluing in my album, I'm thinking of switching to doing a series of these books for hard copy storage.

The printing is a semi-gloss, sort of waxy look. There's a bit of metamism (that effect where the dark parts of an image reflect light at some angles). It's full edge to edge printing and the preview if super accurate in terms of where things get chopped.

This collection wasn't super quality, many were shot at high ISO (1600), all with available light at a party. I feel that the colours have been a little boosted but overall the effect is great.

4 comments:

Alastair said...

Excellent Peter.

I understand that Aperture allows even more flexibility than iPhoto for creating and laying out books - I look forward to trying it out and reporting back.

ASH CHAN said...

Was that 15 business days? or just 15 days total?
I live in Victoria and I ordered a hardcover on Monday and it said it was shipped by Wednesday so I'm just wondering how long roughly it might take.
Thanks!

ASH CHAN said...

Was that 15 business days? or just 15 days total?
I live in Victoria and I ordered a hardcover on Monday and it said it was shipped by Wednesday so I'm just wondering how long roughly it might take.
Thanks!

Peter B Marks said...

It was 15 elapsed days, but same as you they send a shipping notification very quickly and then you wait.