13 October 2013

Photobook

Helen at "Helsie's Happenings" sowed a seed in my brain and this has now come to fruition. Yesterday morning my first ever "photobook" arrived - containing over two hundred and fifty pictures of The Peak District National Park. I am delighted with it. It is hard-backed and the quality of photo reproduction is excellent.

It was all designed at home using this site: lidl-photos.co.uk. When the A4 book design  was finished, I typed in this code - lidlboks913 - in order to benefit from a 30% discount. Then I clicked the "Send" button and waited five days for the hard copy to arrive. Now, even if our computer explodes, I know I will always have my lovely photobook. Soon I shall set myself a follow-up  task - to produce a second photobook called "Foreign Parts" in which I will marshall digital photos from various travels abroad.

The thing about digital pictures is that they mainly sit in your camera or on the hard disk of our computers. We are losing touch with that nice old habit of rifling through old snapshots or sharing photo albums with family and friends. The photobook can fill that gap. Shop around for different introductory offers. The Lidl discount opportunity may be used only once - but there are many other organisations that offer the same service. Thank you Helen for pointing me this way.
(Staircase fall update: I still have an aching back and bending down remains rather uncomfortable but fingers crossed my body is mending itself. I will just have to wait and see if there's a longterm back-ache legacy)

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  1. An Excellent idea. I'll have to think about this one.

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    1. If you are worried about paying for one Adrian, I can lend you twenty five quid. I know economics can't be easy for a guy who has to live in a motorhome.

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  2. Yorky, what a lovely Christmas present to all your blogging fans :).
    Helsie sowed a seed in all of us ~ I know I have lost digital photos over the years.

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    1. I hope I have sown a seed in you too...err I think I should rephrase that!

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  3. So glad you are happy with your book, I thought you would be. After seeing how discoloured the baby photos of my children have become I am going to make each of them a book to try to preserve them better and Tony is busy scanning all his family's old photos for a family history. Don't you love technology?

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    1. Some technology I do love yes - but not all of it. Take the mobile phone for instance - a blight upon the civilised world. Oh and then there's the electric waffle maker and electric toothbrush too.

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    2. I agree about mobile phones but electric waffle makers???

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  4. Wonderful! Seed sown here too.

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    1. Thanks for allowing me to sow the seed Katherine! You could make an art photobook - tracking your various creations or simply a photobook devoted to your children's growth.

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  5. Excellent idea and could be an excellent Christmas present idea too, as Carol says. Glad to hear your back is on the mend.

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    1. If it's going to be an Xmas present - better get cracking with it Jenny! And if you require me to sow more seeds I will happily oblige.

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  6. What a brilliant idea!

    As you say, who really sits at a laptop scrolling through thousands of photographs? How many times have hard disks crashed wiping out years of memories? How often do we find the photos in our albums have faded or, as in my case with moving so often, lost or destroyed?

    I'm up for this and will start putting together my first photo books. What wonderful Christmas presents they would make!

    I'll tell you what else they would be good for, encouraging small children to read. I bet you Alex would pour over photos of things he recognises and learn to read the captions.

    I once helped you with a brilliant advertising campaign for Real Yorkshire Pudding (I am still waiting for my fee for that, by the way). If I was marketing these photo book services, I would really be pushing that angle to parents.

    As na aside, back in the old days when I was working away from home for months at a time, I would use MS Publisher to put together a four page newspaper filled with photograpghs and commentary about what I had been up to, send it to Dominic's mother who would use Exxon Mobil's excelente print facilities to print it off and read it with Dom, teaching him to read English at the same time. I discovered years later that he kept every single edition.

    Citizen Smiff, you and Helen come up with the goods.

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    1. The money for your advertising work was duly paid into your Swiss bank account as advised. I agree with you about children's reading Tom - it's largely to do with motivation - and if the subject matter is very close to home it will surely boost their motivation. However, photobooks would be an expensive way of encouraging reading. I am glad I have sown this seed in your brain and you are now clearly pregnant with it! If I am Citizen Smiff, you sir are Captain Mannering!

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    2. Touche. Mind you, I'm not entirely offended!

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  7. Looks great - I might try one too. As for now, though, I am one of the few who does still get photos printed up (via an online postage service) and still put them in albums (one per year). As you say, much better to actually see 100 photos than forget about 10,000 on your computer.

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    1. This will keep you well-occupied when you are not practising on your thrombosis Brian!

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