BOOK REVIEW // Brisbane by Nick Bedford

Nick decided to put a few of his images into book format with Blurb. He has recently purchased a Leica M 240 and 35mm lens and basically is going ape crap every spare second he has. I was really interested to see how things turned out, so when today the book turned up I had to have a look. I asked Nick if he minded doing a quick post for our blog. As always he said yes, and then I let his arm go.
- Simon

BRISBANE by Nick Bedford - Book printed through Blurb.com

I've been doing street photography for about a year now, and I love the idea of producing a book to view my favourite photographs. There's nothing like looking at real prints!

This is actually a book test to see how the quality is and to get an idea of the page style that works. I want to spend another year taking street photographs before I consider a more realised book.

Blurb in Lightroom

I'd printed a book through Blurb a while ago, and with the Lightroom Books module I was able to build the book and get it printed through them directly.

As for the book itself, I opted for the 10x8" book with my photographs ending up at around 5x7 size. This gives you a nice margin and a viewing space like a gallery. In hindsight, I might opt for the hard cover next time as it would be easier to handle when looking at the pages.

I chose the Premium Matte paper option and this looks to be the best option as it still has a smooth and slightly glossy feel, but isn't "shiny".

Print Quality

The first thing I noticed is that the front and back glossy covers were not entirely B&W and were slightly blue toned. This is something I would much prefer to be truly B&W since there is actually no colour in these images...

The prints inside the book are however quite good and I can't seem to see any colour toning issues. They're both detailed and as rich and contrasty as the digital files.

Conclusion

I'm really happy with how this turned out. The price of these smaller books is only about $25-30 excluding postage for 22x 10x8" pages so it's great value, especially if you are only printing one or two for yourself.

The cover pages weren't perfect and I will definitely contact Blurb to see how I can rectify this next time around, but the prints inside the book are great.

I've made the book available for print at cost price for those interested grab one here