Post # 1
So… I just ordered my wedding album through Adoramapix! You can check it out here. I ordered a smaller version for my parents a few weeks back to get a feel for the quality of the books, and I’m kind of obsessed!
There are some really good reviews of Adorama on the Bee already (see this one), but I just wanted to add a few tips.
For the first book I made, I uploaded all 200 photos I wanted to use before I started designing. This made it hard to find the photos I wanted, because I had to sift through so many. I would suggest uploading your photos one chunk at a time as you design each section (getting ready, ceremony, reception, etc.) so they’re easier to find and put in the right order.
For my first book, I did NOT use the color correction Adorama recommends. I figured, my photos have already been edited by my photographer–I don’t need them edited again. BUT, when I got my album, the photos weren’t quite as vibrant as they should have been (not Adorama’s fault–I just didn’t understand what the color correction was for). I emailed Adorama, and they explained that the color correction they do has more to do with the difference between the colors on your computer screen and their printers than it does with the actual colors in the photo. Hopefully that makes sense! I will write an update when I get my second album back WITH color correction so you can know the difference! I’m hoping it’s good 🙂
If you use the Adorama templates– know that some of the photo spots have an “Opacity filter” which makes the photo darker than it should be (or at least darker than I wanted). There’s a button to change this at the top of the editor and it’s really easy–you just have to know it’s there!
Also, there’s a 25% off sale going on right now for the 8×10 books! I’m not sure how much longer it lasts… But I got my 50 page, 8×10 book for around $55 and a 26-page version for my in-laws for around $35! Plus the smaller 6×7.5, 26-page book for my parents was around $25 with the $10 off for joining the site. So $130 (with shipping) for three albums is not too bad 🙂
Post # 3
Nice!! Thanks for the tips. I am planning on making our guest book through this site. Tips are definitely welcome!! Very good to know 🙂
Post # 4
Thanks! I’m making parents books on my own, so these are all good tips!
Post # 5
AWESOME!!! We had people doing the worm at our wedding too 🙂
One question – does the book lay flat when open? I noticed you have some pictures where it goes from one page to the next so when you open the book is there that bump in the middle blocking some of the picture?
Post # 6
I love the Adorama photobook I made for my guest book and just wanted to give an alternate view on the color correction. I found a couple reviews about the color correction when I made my book and they recommended not getting it as it made their photos darker. I chose to take the recommendation and not get color correction and all of my photos are crisp and vibrant. So it really seems to vary from person to person.
Post # 7
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
We used adorama for our guestbook and it turned out fantastic! I am planning to do one like Mrs. Cheeseburger for our wedding.
Post # 8
your pics are beautiful….
Post # 9
I always opt out of the color correction, and have not ever had this problem. It actually kind of enrages me, as an advanced amateur photographer, that I am automatically opted into color correction. My photog (who regularly uses Adorama, and asked that we either use them or mpix.com to order prints) actually gave up explicit directions to not use color correction. I just made a honeymoon photo album with them, and I didn’t notice the lack of vibrancy you describe.
Just wanted to let people know that the other side of the coin is out there 🙂
Post # 10
OK, I have an update! I just got my second album from Adorama WITH the color correction and… it’s exactly the same as the first! Which is fine, because I was pretty happy with the first one. The colors that were kind of dark in the first album are still a little dark (so it’s probably just the photos themselves), but the book looks exactly the same, if not a little lighter. And yes, the pages do lay flat. I’m super happy with the books!
It’s nice to hear both sides of the spectrum–people who like the color correction option and people who don’t! For me, it turned out to not make much of a difference at all.
Good luck making your own albums!
Post # 11
I love your album! The template looks really cool and the photos are gorgeous. I’m waiting for mine in the mail today, hope it looks as good.