i recently discovered a new company called Artifact Uprising. they print photobooks, and i am super excited about my first go 'round with them. i am a big believer that photographs need to take physical form to be properly appreciated, and the best way to get people to understand that is to put a physical object in their hand rather than just delivering digital files. everyone i've shown these two over the last week or so has fallen in love with them. so its definitely a format i'm going to continue to pursue.
first, a 40 page, 5.5"x5.5" soft cover book mixing cameraphone pictures, digital point-and-shoot files, and both 35mm and medium format film scans, all from my trip to Italy last spring:
out of caution, i mostly kept the phone and digital p&s images small, and used film scans for the full page images, though as can be seen in the third image above, cameraphone images printed well at full size too. i would like to try another one in a larger format and mix the images at the same size to see if this holds. i did run into a small glitch with a few of my film scans being too large to upload. resizing didn't seem to make much of a difference here, but i wonder how this bodes for the print quality of larger sized books (they'll be up next). also, this was the hardest book to keep organized as i was pulling from multiple sources. many photos were pulled from facebook - that process worked extremely well and all of my albums were kept together for easy navigation. but i also uploaded some images and these went to a separate gallery which sometimes made gathering the images challenging. i also wish there were flickr integration because i have a lot of organized sets and collections there and it would be great to import those.
next, a 40 page, 6"x8" soft cover book, including 35mm and medium format film scans, all from a family session:
despite being very affordable, i do not think it's feasible to make a book like this up front for every session due to the 3 week turnaround (design-submit-print-ship). but having examples of these books to show clients at the initial meeting, and offering them as an option for clients to purchase would not be a bad thing. as was pointed out by another photographer i showed these to, these books are extremely approachable, the type of thing one can easily pick up and flip through without it seeming like a weighty experience that is going to require a large commitment from the viewer. it is my goal to create images that capture a family's dynamic in their everyday life, and in that context a book like this, an "everyday" object, fits perfectly.
and finally, a 40 page, 5.5"x5.5" "instagram friendly" book of my IG pics from our recent road trip through New England and Quebec:
one additional thought: though the interface is really easy to use, i wish there were a way to insert/delete blank page spreads or move a spread earlier or later in the book in mid-stream (unless i am completely missing something). it was somewhat frustrating to get a perfect page layout or series of layouts done, and then realize it would work better elsewhere in the book or in a different order and have to remake the whole thing. but it was very annoying when i wanted to insert a page spread and basically have to redesign the whole book from that page forward instead of just inserting pages and automatically shifting the already completed layouts.
for more info check out artifactuprising.com!
(apologies for the digital photos, but i wanted to get this post up quickly.)