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Mini-Review: Saal Digital Photog Books Offer Quality at Modest Price Points

Posted in General, Landscapes, Nature & Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on May 14, 2018 by kendoophotography

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In a competitive and saturated photo book market, Saal Digital offers photographers and serious amateurs yet another quality option to consider.  Last month Saal Digital offered me a “discount coupon” to try one of their photo book options.  Typically, I have relied on higher quality book makers such as GraphiStudio based in Italy—and at commensurately higher prices as well.  But sometimes the most expensive offerings are not the best for all photo projects. Enter Saal Digital, offering a good quality product at modest pricing.

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Photo books are offered in square and rectangular formats, lay flat binding, a selection of photo and matte papers, and various cover options.  Books may be between 26 to 120 pages in length. Print quality is quite good for the price point and certainly much better than typical consumer grade offerings.

But the biggest attraction to Saal Digital is actually their website online ordering capability.  Kudos here to Saal Digital. The online process is exceptionally easy to use, select options, and create photo books.  I was amazed at the simplicity of the online software to create a photo book “automatically” with images that were simply (and quickly) uploaded from my computer.  Obviously, personal tastes vary and are subjective, and other design options will obviously produce even higher quality layouts.  Need a quick photo book? It’s hard to beat Saal-Digital’s automatic software option.

Saal Digital offers professionals and discerning consumers a good quality photo book option at a competitive price point.  You can get more information and order photobooks at

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–Ken Doo


Investing in Yourself and Photography

Posted in Events, General, Portraiture, Weddings and Bridal with tags , , , on September 9, 2009 by kendoophotography

I have found that our natural desire to be frugal can often be at odds obtaining the best return on our investment.  And sometimes that means inadvertently spending more money in the end for something, when we could have actually spent less overall by investing in ourselves and getting what we really wanted or needed in the first place.  For example, in buying a tripod for photography, there is an old adage that says, “There are three things to consider in purchasing a tripod:  1.  Lightweight;  2.  Stability; and  3.  Cost.   Pick two.”  And in trying to cover all bases, while being overly frugal, we initially avoid that expensive tripod (that we really want/need) and go for number two.  Or number three.  FailFailFail.  And in the end, we end up buying that expensive tripod that we should have invested in the first place, and in retrospect regretting our initial frugal selections.   Investing in photography is no different. 

English art critic and author John Ruskin summed it up nicely.  “It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s also unwise to pay too little.  When you pay too much you lose a little money; that is all.  When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.  The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot; it can’t be done.  If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run.  And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.”  — John Ruskin (1819-1900)

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