while browsing the pba website this morning, a banner advertisement caught my attention, something like a picture perfect photo contest and as i clicked on the link, i was lead to Picatoo, a company that specializes on Digital Print Services, Photo Creations and even sells digital photography books.
what really interests me and made me completely ignore and/or forgot the contest was the Photo Creations that includes PictureBooks, a photo album that is way more than being a photo album. here's a little backgrounder for picturebooks:
PictureBooks are a new, fun and unique way of preserving your precious memories as captured by film or digital cameras. Instead of the usual way of taking pictures; developing it; then filing in an album, you just send us the digital images. We will arrange it into an album- or book-like format measuring 7 inches wide x 5 inches tall (or the same size as a 5R photo) complete with captions and artistic effects. The pages will be professionally binded using a spring or wire bind to maximize the viewing area, while at the same time, making it easy to flip the pages.
A single PictureBook can contain up to a maximum of twenty (20) pages, and can have up to eighty (80) photos. Photos are arranged in different ways based on pre-designed templates. You use the PictureBook Maker to choose the layout you want, and to tell us which picture goes to which location.
PictureBooks are priced affordably starting at PHP750.00. That is cheaper than developing 80 x 5R photos and buying an album to store them!
for other infos, you can read here.
i have read about some digitally printed photo album with the feel of a coffee table book, and even saw some professional photographers work/products on a similar set-up, but i haven't tried them as they're expensive, period.
but with this little discovery that i have (it may have been around for so long but i don't mind hehe), i am glad that i can have it for only P750.00, and as described above, it's way cheaper than developing an 80 5R pictures with the standard rate of P13.00 a piece, or a savings of almost P300 plus the cost of the album.
i don't know anyone who have tried this, but i am interested, very interested. the only thing that holds me back is the maximum of 80 pictures only policy. you see, from at least 200 shots that i may take on some getaways, around 140-150 of those will be printed (andami no? OA kasi ako basta picture hehe) and the remaining shots "may still be considered" so i might have every shots printed. expensive no?
i know, i know that i can just stored them on cd or thru a web album, but nothing beats the feel of seeing and touching those pictures in an old fashioned way di ba? so if only 80 pictures, i might have a hard time, very very hard time choosing the best 80 shots, dilemna yun! hahaha.
i might try it with the pictures i'll take in our upcoming Sagada trip this weekend, hopefully i can a get a good panoramic shot considering the limitations of my four year old digicam, parang ang ganda siguro nung i-spread on two pages. haah, i can always dream on these things hehehe.
meanwhile, here's a couple of sunsets i've taken on two separate days while riding a bus and passing the Coastal Road on my way home (i just used my phone on both pics)
heard of PictureBooks? do you want to try having your pictures printed on those?