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Aug 10, 2007 16:46 |  #1

Ordered a 48 page hard cover photobook from Mpix and WOW! Ordered Wednesday night and it came in today (Friday) and cost around $50 ($9 of that was overnight shipping). My wife and kid wont let it go and my own mother thought it was professionally done. I'm hooked and will be ordering again soon, this time with my more 'pro' work. And no, I'm not affiliated with them in any way.


The pictures came out exactly how I wanted them (5 days of PP work made sure they were perfect) and the book itself is sturdy and well done. I just can't say enough about presenting your work in this fashion. It's worlds better than showing people individual 8X10's or even from your computer.




  
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Aug 10, 2007 16:50 |  #2

I've been meaning to order one of those photo books from White House Custom Color (where I get all my prints from). Someday I'll get off my lazy butt and do that. Until then, it's just the 8x10's and 11x16's.


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Aug 10, 2007 17:05 |  #3

Do it, if for nothing more than a coffee table book. It really is impressive if well done. One thing I really liked about it is that I had a two shot panorama of the Epcot lagoon at sunset and I spread it over two pages in the center of the book – in a word, impressive.

Here is part of the image (cannot find the panorama atm may have deleted it :( )

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Aug 10, 2007 21:06 |  #4

Couple pics of the book?


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Aug 10, 2007 22:54 |  #5

Interesting... What does the cover look like on it? Leather bound? How many photos can you put in it ? How about some more details.


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Aug 10, 2007 23:07 as a reply to  @ B3SEO's post |  #6

Here's a quick example. The paper is very hard to photo – they call it Pearl and well, its like a pearl. A little glossy, kinda sparkly and very reflective. For a vacation book that sort of paper was perfect as it is going to be handled a lot. The other paper is just white 100# I believe; which I'm going to print on next. As far as how many pictures, well it all depends. You can organize them however you want in whatever size you want – place a picture on the background, fade it, then place more pictures on top of it. You can add like 20 different backgrounds and just as many frames to each photo and there are templates. For ultimate control you can just do each page as a photo and mix it up. You can have from 2 – 50 pages, each with one or up to 9 photos on each unless you just make one photo with however many pictures and just put it on the page as one.

This is a hard bound fake suede (I think). It isn't up to the quality of say, a $150 wedding book, but I think if handled well it can last many years. They also have a paperback style book but I don't have any experience with them. Hope that answers your questions. Here are a few pictures.

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Aug 10, 2007 23:12 |  #7
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I've considered using them for seniors, but don't like the fact that you can't have an all black background. The price is certainly right, though, so I may have to compromise. :)



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Aug 11, 2007 01:45 |  #8

MaxxuM wrote in post #3706303 (external link)
Here's a quick example. The paper is very hard to photo – they call it Pearl and well, its like a pearl. A little glossy, kinda sparkly and very reflective. For a vacation book that sort of paper was perfect as it is going to be handled a lot. The other paper is just white 100# I believe; which I'm going to print on next. As far as how many pictures, well it all depends. You can organize them however you want in whatever size you want – place a picture on the background, fade it, then place more pictures on top of it. You can add like 20 different backgrounds and just as many frames to each photo and there are templates. For ultimate control you can just do each page as a photo and mix it up. You can have from 2 – 50 pages, each with one or up to 9 photos on each unless you just make one photo with however many pictures and just put it on the page as one.

This is a hard bound fake suede (I think). It isn't up to the quality of say, a $150 wedding book, but I think if handled well it can last many years. They also have a paperback style book but I don't have any experience with them. Hope that answers your questions. Here are a few pictures.

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Edit: That is my Tamron lens in the background.

Looks nice. Might use something like this down the road for a client or two.


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Aug 12, 2007 17:14 as a reply to  @ liza's post |  #9

liza wrote:
I've considered using them for seniors, but don't like the fact that you can't have an all black background.

www.photoworks.com (external link) offers black backgrounds.




  
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Aug 12, 2007 17:29 |  #10

Thanks for posting this as I have been considering getting this done from Mpix too.




  
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Aug 12, 2007 17:31 |  #11

Thanks for sharing! Can we see what the cover looks like?


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Aug 12, 2007 23:46 |  #12

jessiper wrote in post #3715241 (external link)
Thanks for sharing! Can we see what the cover looks like?

I didn't get anything printed on it... It's just slightly off-black and 'something' like suede. The only problem I have with it is its a really dry material and which may be a problem if you have oily skin. I can post of picture, but there is nothing special about it. It isn't like leather. Think of a children's book but with a slightly softer feel to it – not at all glossy or ultra smooth.




  
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Aug 13, 2007 00:15 |  #13

Ok, thanks! :)


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Aug 26, 2007 19:11 |  #14

Looks very nice. I've thinking about doing a photobook for my recent trip to China. After reading your comments, I think I'll give it a shot. Do you get any credits for referring people?


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Aug 26, 2007 19:16 |  #15

mypublisher.com has some really great books too.
I have had 5 made so far.
it can get pricey but you get 20 pages and up to like 240 photos for like around $50
as an 11x14 book and the quality is great.
they usuallly run a 25 to 50 percent off too


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