20 August 2016

saal-digital photo book

Instagram Crazy!
I'm going Instagram crazy at the moment! Photographing everything I can, creating stories. It's great fun, helped of course by modern technology and the number of photo apps available. As a travel writer, images are everything, they bring a post to life, and without them, Sketches in Travel would be a little dull shall we say. I've recently concentrated on nature, especially flowers and the changing scenery, from Spring to Summer. What we often don't do is re-produce them in a different format, a book or large prints. In light of this I've teamed up with Saal-Digital.co.uk, a digital photograph company that produces quality books of all shapes and sizes. It seemed the perfect way to showcase some of the pictures that have become a key part of the Sketches blog and a part of Summer 2016. 

You can choose from a number of different front cover styles, colours and textures
Sketches in Travel Photo Book 
The images in this post all feature in the Sketches in Travel photo book, and I've picked some of my favourite nature photos and given the stories behind the image. The book itself features many aspects of the Sketches photo catalogue from nature to attractions and some aviation pieces. 

As for the book itself, it is very well put together, professional, and re-produced on quality paper. I chose a smaller book, around A4 size, however you can get bigger sizes for a little extra cost. The fun comes in putting the book together, picking the pictures and choosing the format of the photographs. You can pick from a vast number of styles to suit your needs. I decided to mix it up a little with full double page pictures, mainly for landscapes and a mix of smaller photos and half page pictures. There is a vast choice. It's very easy to put together, and if you make a mistake then you can change it without too much trouble. You can add in comments, stories etc, and given a little more time I probably would have done. So if you're not careful you could spend hours and hours putting it together. It depends on your needs and time. Once you're happy then its easy to order, and you'll always be aware of the costs as you add in extras. Once ordered I was really impressed by how quickly it arrived. Within 5 days. So you don't have to wait long. As for the quality, well I was extremely pleased, especially as many of the photos were taken from my phone. The colours were clear and the quality was very impressive. So Saal-digital get the thumbs up from me. 

You can view the full book and decide for yourself by clicking on the following link, and if you like it you can also order it here; Sketches in Travel Photo Book. So to give you a little teaser, below is just a little taste of what our photo book offers. Firstly some images from the book itself.

You can choose the layout of your photos 
landscape
The quality is outstanding, allowing for full landscape pictures 
The photo books allow you to show off landscape pictures in their full glory

Stories behind the pictures
A number of the pictures featured in the book were taken when on random walks around the local area, especially in the last few months. I'm really impressed by just how good smart phone cameras are these days, so I'm constantly snapping away. I thought I'd give you a little insight into some of the pictures that feature in the book, why I took them. I hope you enjoy?

These were taken in someones front garden. No idea what flower they are! I just wanted to capture them so that we could see the unique shapes, and just how usual they look.
flowers
Extreme close up! These foxgloves are just so alien looking. I wanted to capture them as close as would allow, with my Samsung S6 phone. These were just growing at the side of a country lane, all alone, almost crying out for attention. 
These were actually in a park close to the University district of Vienna. I was just taken aback by how yellow they were! There's a tram line just behind them.
flowers
Along many footpaths that skirt close to houses you'll find large bushes of roses. These were hanging over onto the path. Pinks, reds, whites, yellows; whatever colour they are a beautiful flower.
flowers
At the moment many of our farmed fields have pockets of poppy flowers, adding colour to the summer surroundings. 
Whilst out cycling along a country lane, there was this bank full of these wonderful flowers: Ox-eye Daisy. Its hard to put into perspective just how many there were of them. It made for a wonderful scene however.  I also tried to give it an old feel when editing.
Saal-digital Photo Book
I hope you have enjoyed this little gallery of some of the images that feature in the photo book. I have to thank Saal-digital for giving me the opportunity to test out their books. I was overly impressed. So what are you waiting for? Why not get out there and see what you can capture and then capture them forever in a photo book. We seem to reply so much on technology now that sometimes its nice to have a book of photos we can pick up and browse through. 

Please let us know what you think of the book and the photos. Hopefully you'll see the continued story on here and the various accounts, including Instagram that I have. There are many more adventures ahead. I do hope you'll join me. 
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