Best lab for photo book

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Debbie Contributing Member • Posts: 586
Best lab for photo book

My daughter just had her engagement photos taken by a professional photographer in Chicago (I live in Ohio).  We bought the rights to the photos in our package.  Our plan is to make a book of the images and use that book as the sign-in for guests.  This way they can display the book on the coffee table in their home and have the memories of everyone that attended the wedding.  I'm not a professional photographer but have used mPIX and SmugMug.  I would like recommendations of where a non-professional could get a book that looks professional.  I'm willing to pay a fair amount for a quality book.  Thank you.

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jrkliny Veteran Member • Posts: 3,550
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I did two blurb books and was happy with the results.  A few months ago I tried to research the various vendors and did not come to any definite conclusion.  Frankly I suspect the results are very similar for most of the vendors.  If there is an especially high quality vendor, I did not find it.

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thill1111 Regular Member • Posts: 121
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SmugMug has capability to work with Blurb for making books:

http://www.blurb.com/partner/smugmug

But you can also use Blurb's Booksmart software to create a book directly without having to have photos uploaded to SmugMug.  I've had good luck with books I've made from Blurb.

MrScary Veteran Member • Posts: 6,303
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I'm in UK and have used BLURB quite a few times. Booksmart is the software to use. Pop into their site and download it. Also download the profile and put into photoshop, if you use PS that is. My Blurb books were printed in Holland, yours will be printed in USA. Very Happy with All my Wedding books.

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Debbie OP Contributing Member • Posts: 586
Thank you for all the help...

I use PSE as I'm just a hobbiest.  Since these images are from a professional I would like the book to be stunning.  I will check out BLURB.

Thanks for all the help

jrkliny
jrkliny Veteran Member • Posts: 3,550
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Another option is to have high quality prints made and then bind them.  The Unibind (r) system has very good reviews, but I have no direct recommendation or experience with this system.  The individual prints and the binding could cost more than Blurb but with the highest possible quality.

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Re: Thank you for all the help...
Debbie OP Contributing Member • Posts: 586
Re: Thank you for all the help...

Ohhh, I think I will look into that.  That sounds like something I might really want.  Thanks so much

Debbie OP Contributing Member • Posts: 586
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Debbie OP Contributing Member • Posts: 586
Read this one...not previous one...Read article and...

it was extremely helpful.  Think I will research My Publisher and Unibind.

Again, thank you to everyone

Petruska Veteran Member • Posts: 7,640
On the Unibind process...

Debbie wrote:

Ohhh, I think I will look into that.  That sounds like something I might really want.  Thanks so much

I use it and it works just great for certain needs.  Remember the pages don't lay flat easily, the thicker the paper the less lay....

Buy the kit from here to get the heating tool.

http://www.adorama.com/FSUPBC.html

Buy your album covers from here, you need to buy in quantity (10 pc lots) but much cheaper than anyone else.

http://www.thermobinding.com/shop/Unibind-Landscape-PhotoBooks2/

For custom lab books I have used MPIX,  White House Custom Color, and AdoramaPix and found that Adorama quality is great for the low price and the pages lay flat.

Bob P.

WilsonSmith New Member • Posts: 10
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While going for printing an event, one should be aware of the facts that are being used for printing methods.

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srock Regular Member • Posts: 405
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May be of some use to you: good photobook reviews

http://www.photobookgirl.com/

Steve

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Gesture Veteran Member • Posts: 4,217
Re: Thank you for all the help...

Since you only need the one book for now and want it right, unless the cost were outrageous, I would have trusted to the photographer for that one book. Then he or she would be responsible for getting it right. Owning the rights to the photos makes sense for further books, individual prints of the best photos, etc.  All possible blessings.

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