Archive for October, 2009

Oct 30 2009

Books by Blurb

I have a friend who had a few hundred photos from their wedding and his wife wanted to put together a photo album of all these photos.  While visiting with them I suggested we use the book making software from Blurb at http://www.blurb.com. 

blurb_logo_small Blurb BookSmart® is free, easy to use bookmaking software. Quickly import pictures and text into professionally designed book templates and page layouts — or drag and drop your content into fully customizable pages and layouts for a look that’s all your own.

I suggested this software for its easy of use and cost to the wife.  I had played whit the software in making a book for my Mom and Dads 40th wedding anniversary but had not completed a weeding album.   Only wanting to make one book,  the book we put together will cost them less then $100 dollars for a 40 page 13×13 hard bound dust jacketed book.

From the Blurb web site:

Features Overview

Free and Easy to Use Software
  • Cross-platform
  • Drag and drop images and text
  • Intuitive layout tools
  • Easy image management
Professionally Designed Layouts and Styles
  • “Guide Me” feature to help get you going
  • Starter layouts and themes
  • Backgrounds, borders and ornaments
  • Customizable, savable layouts

Import Photos, Blogs and More
  • Slurp your photos
  • Slurp your blog
  • iPhoto integration

Other Blurb web Site Resources

Getting Started with BookSmart 2.5

His wife and I put the basic book together “including screening all images down” placing images in and editing pages” in just over 4 hours.  I don’t remember clearly the last time I was able to crank a wedding album out in 4 hours.  The only thing we have left to do is to add a few chunks of text “the vows, etc…” and publish or upload and pay for the book.

I will update this post after we have complete the task and the book is in her hands, but as of today I’m sold.

For printing a single or limited number of books on a budget you have my vote Blurb.

Chief Mickey

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Oct 29 2009

FADP Highlight – Special Guest – Chris Orwig

From John Paul Caponigro’s Blog

visualpoetry

Chris Orwig shared many insights in an inspiring lecture during our FADP workshop at Brooks. Chris collects great stories from photographers and shares them in his new book Visual Poetry.

In one story, a man has written a novel and decides it’s no good so he throws it out. As she’s taking out the trash, his wife discovers the manuscript and reads it. She goes to him and says he needs to finish it – it’s good. He does. It becomes a best seller.

Chris thinks we all need ‘trash can buddies’. I agree.

Find out more about Chris Orwig here.

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Oct 29 2009

FADP Highlight – A Sense of Destination

From John Paul Caponigro’s blog