I’m sure no one will disagree with me when I say taking photos in this day and age is as easy as pie. With digital cameras and camera enabled mobile phones highly accessible and affordable, anyone can be a great photographer. I for example, took over 6000 photos during 2 weeks of travels in Japan alone as all I had to do was go ‘click click click’. There’s obvious benefits to taking digital photos such as being able to store and edit photos on computers, however, not many people have thought about its downsides.
Printed photos are definitely being done less than before the digital era, but there is a certain happiness about being able to see and feel the photos in front of you. Having taken almost 1 terabyte of photos (that’s a lot of photos I can assure you) and not having printed a single one of them made me realise just how much I’ve been missing out on.
I was very happy and lucky when Photobox.com.au contacted me about writing a blog post for them as it made me realise just how important printing photos actually is.
Photobox is a Europe based online photo printing and sharing company that serves over 24 million users. They not only offer high quality photo prints but also canvas, photobooks, calendars, mugs and even ipad and iphone covers to materialise those precious moments in life.
I was provided with a product of my choice and since most of my photos are portrait, I decided on one of the A4 portrait photobooks.
After agonising over which photos to include as I wanted to make an Ichigo Shortcake Portfolio, it took an equally agonising many hours of uploading them to the server. Each photo was well over 10 megabytes mind you so of course it took that long. I didn’t want to compromise on the print quality though as the FAQ page said a minimum of 4 megabytes per photo is required for optimal quality.
That was the only agonising part of the whole process though. The interface on the website was so easy to use and had many useful and beautiful layouts already in place. I could choose from classic styles and colours to weddings, parties, travels and babies with each page all planned for you if you choose. Or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous and creative, you can do the layout of each page yourself like I did. As my book was just a simple portfolio, I stuck with the classic style with a slick black cover.
This particular book starts at $49.95 plus shipping with 26 included pages and each additional double page costing $2.90 more. You also have the choice of adding better quality paper and/or matt laminating (which I had done).
At the time of making this book, Photobox just happened to be doing a 2 for 1 deal so I was even more lucky to get a book done for my Grandma’s 100th birthday. You should have seen the looks on my parents’ faces when I showed it to them.
What impressed me the most though wasn’t even the quality of the prints but at how fast delivery was. It took them a mere 2 days to get it to me. Most online shopping doesn’t even arrive that fast without having to print things.
Okay, enough of me rambling about how good Photobox is. The main point of this post is a giveaway to a lucky Ichigo Shortcake reader! Yes, I know you like giveaways.
Note: There has been a change to the following giveaway for those of you who read the post before the change as there has been miscommunication regarding the products. The updated items to be given away is as follows.
The lucky reader can choose one (not all) of the following:
1x Free A4 classic
1x Free 30×20 Canvas classic
1x 250 Free prints
1x Free photo mugs
1x A4 Wall Calendars
All you have to do is tell me as a comment below what photos you will print if you win, would it be travel photos, your child’s birthday or your wedding perhaps?
This competition is only open to Australian residents so please indicate this in your comment. The competition will end at 11:59pm EST 23 September 2013. Please also leave a valid email address as the winner will be contacted here and via email.
Remember the print quality is only as good as the photos you upload so make sure the size and quality of the photos are sufficient. Good luck!
Visit http://www.photobox.com.au for information about their products.
Note: Ichigoshortcake received 2 photobooks with thanks to Photobox