I was recently invited by Saal Digital to try a sample of their products, and to post an honest review of my findings.
Saal Digital are a professional photo lab based in Siegen, near Bonn in Germany, and their website for the UK market is www.saaldigital.co.uk
The website is very clean and easy to navigate, and they have a very comprehensive range of products, from prints, photo books and photo gifts, through to a wide selection of wall art in canvas, aluminium, acrylic and PVC Foamboard styles, all at very competitive prices.
As I'd been meaning to print some photos from our trip to Australia and New Zealand for our walls at home I thought this was a great opportunity to try them out.
I decided to try the PVC Foamboard, which gives a modern and minimal look, standing proud of the wall surface.
I've used Foamboard for samples for exhibitions and wedding fairs in the past, and it's very durable and lightweight, and easy to hang. There are two options - 5mm or 10mm thickness, I chose the standard 5mm.
I chose a panoramic photo taken along the Abel Tasman track on New Zealand's South Island, one of the absolute highlights of our trip, and somewhere we'd wanted to go to since our first visit to New Zealand back in 2002 when we couldn't fit it in our tight schedule.
The photo is actually made up of 3 photos I stitched together in Adobe Lightroom, and after adjusting the crop slightly my final print size was 30x90 cm, or 12x36 inches for those of us still working in real measurements 😉
After downloading the design software from the Saal website, it's simply a case of selecting your desired product and size and then placing your image and adding it to your shopping basket.
After checking out I received an email confirmation and delivery period of 10 days, which I assumed meant 10 business days.
The package was duly delivered by dhl 10 days later, which I was pleasantly surprised by, as I'd placed the order on a Friday, so there were two weekends in that period.
The foamboard was very well packaged and protected for transit, and I was very impressed with both the quality and colour accuracy of the printing, which these quick phone photos don't do justice to.
I'd opted for the aluminium subframe mounting option, which is pre-mounted, so all I had to do was drill a couple of holes in the wall for screws and hang the photo. The subframe leaves a 1cm gap to the wall, so the photo floats proud of the wall surface with no mounting visible.
This is the first order I've placed with Saal Digital, but I've been very impressed with the service and quality, and I will definitely be using them again, and look forward to trying some of their other products.
Many thanks to Terry Franks and Steve and Caroline at the Dumbpost Inn, Bremhill for putting on a fantastic day for Bremfest, raising funds for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and the Bobby Van.
The weather could have been kinder to us (I was very thankful for the weather sealing on my Nikons during Benji & Hibbz' set!) but that didn't stop everyone having a great time, and their was a great mix of music from Limited Edition, The Blues Breakout, The Stable Yard Jazz Band, Nathan Jones & His All Stars Jazz Band, Terry Franks, Strictly Dan and Benji & Hibbz.
Here's the link to the full gallery of photos, I hope you enjoy them!
Why give a boring, off-the-shelf thank you card when you could include your own photographs and make it much more personal?
My cards are suitable not just as thank you cards for your wedding guests, but can be used as invitations, or save the date cards, or birth announcements, or anything else you choose!
Printed in full colour to both sides on 350gsm silk finish card, they are available in two sizes, A5 or A6. Images and text can be combined and a proof will be sent to you prior to printing to ensure it's to your liking.
The cards are normally priced at £150 for 75, but use code "12Days10" to get your 75 thank you cards for only £1 each!
I know many of my clients really struggle to narrow down their photos from a portrait shoot to one or two framed images and a few prints, which is why all the images on disc has been my biggest selling product.
However, as I've already mentioned recently, having all your photos on disc usually means that not much ever sees the light of day!
So, for anyone who prefers prints to albums or photobooks, I'm now offering Boxed Print Collections, containing up to 50 9x6 inch prints.
Wiltshire Portrait Photographer Boxed Print CollectionBoxed Print Collection including 50 9x6 inch prints The boxes can hold up to 400 prints, allowing you to add to it in the future, perfect as a memory box for your little ones.
The Boxed Portrait Collection is usually priced at £295, but for any portrait shoots booked during January, is available for only £195!
Quote code "12Days9" when booking to claim this offer.
Wow, a couple of very busy days, which means I've got behind with the 12 Days of Christmas Photography Offers, so we'll catch up over the next day or so.
Offer number 8 is for anyone getting married in Wiltshire in 2015 - If you book Karl Burry Photography as your wedding photographer, we'll pay for your bridal bouquet up to the value of £75 from Alanna at China Rose in Pewsey, one of, if not THE best wedding florist in Wiltshire.
Simply mention the offer when booking me as your wedding photographer, and I'll give you a voucher for your bridal bouquet.
To find out more about the services offered by China Rose, give Alanna a call on 01672 563796.