Tuesday, April 24, 2007

PictureBooks!

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?

20 comments:

vernaloo said...

I love collecting pictures too. I actually have one photo album each year. All the pictures taken during that year is stored in one photo album. But I kinda stopped doing that after the break up coz for that year, all the pictures I had turned to ashes so wala na akong pang album hahahaha anyway will start doing it again this year. We have our World Light Expo pics..surely nasa album ko na yan hehe :)

Me I believe nothing beats doing it yourself. May personal touch...:)

jho said...

Nice photos. I just save sa Yahoo! Photos or Flicker yung mga pics.

rhodora said...

Nice idea. But all I want to do right now is to arrange in albums the boxes and boxes of photos we have here that were accumulated for many years. Will give the picture book a thought when I already have a nicey nice digicam. :)

rhodora said...

Nice pala the sunset pics, Zherwin. Saan ito kinunan?

zelle said...

pareho pala kami ni verns gusto ang personal touch! pero gusto ko din and picture book for the shooting days of my TVC. Cge win win balitaan mo ako ha kung ano kinalabasan ng picture book mo

zherwin said...

verns, wow! sa akin di pwede ang one album each year, magmumukha syang almanac! hehehe. totoo, masarap gawin yung album by yourself, pero okey sumubok ng mga bagong style. pero dapat cempre numero unong consideration dapat ang cost! :)

zherwin said...

jho, me too, i have them in Flickr but for the last two months medyo di ko na sya naa-update. i also have another web album in Picasa. :)

zherwin said...

rhodora, that's why whenever i printed or have some pictures developed, i immediately put them in an album, mahirap kasing matambakan... :)

zherwin said...

pahabol pala, sa coastal ito kinunan habang tumatakbo ang bus papuntang cavite. :)

zherwin said...

zelle, sure, syempre dapat me feedback whether kaayaaya ba or otherwise.

pictures of your TVC? hmm parang mas okey sya kung scrap book kaso masyadong time consuming sya... :)

Gina said...

I agree , iba pa rin looking at the pictures the "old way" . Storing them on cd or web album may be more economical , but it's totally different when it's the real thing, parang may romance (ewan, that's how I see it).
Anyway,looks like a good idea to turn your shots into a picture book , pero dilemma nga yan to pick the best80! It's worth considering though,di ba.
Hey, enjoy your trip to Sagada!

Gina said...

Pahabol: I clicked on your Flickr photos, wow ,pang- picture book lahat ah..Whew, as you said- dilemma nga ...and that's just a few seguro of all the beautiful pics you've taken.

zherwin said...

gina, i like how you describe it: romance. and yeah, we'll enjoy the Sagada trip, excited na nga eh hehe.

on flickr, i think it's about time to update my account there, the last time that i upload some photos was two months ago i think. :)

ladycess said...

first time kong narinig yang picturebooks na yan. sige nga, pag-aralan ko rin.

your pics are great. :)

mon said...

tol, ikaw ba digital ba ang camera mo or film? Natanong ko lang kasi ang mga nakikita ko ditong mga pro halos parang digital na lahat ng gamit, I'm just wondering kung mas maganda pa rin ang film or developed ba ang tawag not sure versus digital.

zherwin said...

lady cess, at least ngayon dahil sa digital age, dumadami ang options natin. :) salamat sa compliment. :)

zherwin said...

mon, digital camera ang gamit ko, a four-year old point and shoot sony cybershot. matanda na sya kumpara sa mga bagong labas ngayon, kaya nga naglalaway ako lagi kapag nakakakita ako ng mga high-end na dslr hehehe. :) sabi nung ibang photographer, halos pareho lang ang digital at film, sobrang mas convenient lang yung digital kasi pagka-shot mo 75% of your work is done, konting editing na lang siguro, kumpara sa film na ipapadevelop pa para makita yung end product.

pero marami pa ring mga photographer na ayaw bitawan yung luma nilang cam kasi mas sanay daw sila dun at kaya nilang tapatan yung magic ng digital cam. kaya it boils down to the photographer and not really to the camera or whether it's manual or digital. pero ako i prefer digital hehe. :)

Toe said...

That seems like a great deal. You get to preserve hard copies of your photos beautifully (I mean who looks at the hundreds of photos in the computer?) It would also make wonderful gifts.

zherwin said...

toe, yes and you know what, your comment shows how thoughtful you are, you already thought of it as a gift, samantalang ako nagkukuripot pa! hahaha. :) ambait-bait mo naman miss toe. :)

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