Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m looking for advice about choosing a website to use to make a wedding album. It seems like there are pros and cons to all the sites, like Shutterfly, Adoramapix, and others, and I’m wondering if you all have a favorite or can suggest one I might not have heard of.
I’m also looking for advice about photo-editing software that is cheap and easy to use. We have all the digital negatives from our photographer, but I would like to adjust the clarity and resolution and stuff before ordering prints and making albums. I’m a total novice at this sort of thing (I don’t even know if “clarity” and “resolution” are the right words)! Any advice?
P.S. This is my first thread-starting post on Weddingbee- is it really ridiculously nerdy that I’m super excited about it?
Post # 3
There is a thread somewhere that has a link to a guy who tested 15 sites. I read it and decided on adoramapix. Slacker that I am, I haven’t finished the album and holding out for one of their 25% sales.
Post # 4
@ guitargirl…if you find that thread please let me know. My cousin is getting married next October and her photogarpher is only doing the pictures, no album or prints for her.
Post # 5
I’m going with shutterfly because at the time I had a 50% off coupon and a free shipping coupon. Of course I missed the deadline and now I’m waiting for another 50% off coupon to come in my email.
I tried iphoto, blurb and a few others but shutterfly had the most flexibility in the layout. It wasn’t complete flexibility but they had the a lot of options.
Here is a review that I saw. If you want more just google “photobook reviews” and you should find more of them. Just make sure they are current because that one I saw a few months ago didn’t include the new photobook companies. The one I linked to said 2011 so maybe it’s current.
Oh, if you are good with photoshop, you can design your own and just upload it. I’m familiar with photoshop but I’m not that experienced yet to be making my own pages. Which is why I ended up with shutterfly because their design program was easy and more flexible then the other design programs out there.
Post # 7
i love adoramapix. they always have at least 20% off and free shipping. i’ve also used iphoto and blurb.
Post # 8
I think I may go with Adoramapix.
Post # 9
Hmmmm, I don’t know what I didn’t try out adoramapix when I was searching a few months ago. Looks pretty easy to use. I found this fairly recent review on Adoramapix. Here. I might move all of my photos over there and try again. (Maybe…) lol
Post # 10
I really like mypublisher.com. They just started doing lay flat pages and there is an option to remove their logo from your book. I ordered a wedding album from them and am waiting for it to arrive!
Post # 11
I used Shutterfly to make our own photo book of engagement pictures and it turned out great! It’s really simple to use, and I liked the options (we did the classic black template). Also, they almost always have discounts so we just waited for a good one and placed the order! 🙂
Post # 12
@jacjac9: I believe this is the article you’re looking for: http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/the-great-photo-book-round-up-review-who-makes-the-best-photo-books.html
I LOVE my Adoramapix album! The quality is excellent. The software is easy to use, although cropping the photos was not so intuitive. You have to do a weird combination of zoom and crop thing. I ended up editing most of the photos outside the software. Here’s my recent review with lots of pics: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-finally-finished-photo-recap-with-adoramapix-album
Post # 14
I ordered 3 from shutterfly for gifts for our parents; all 8×10 landscape hard photo cover books. It was easy to use, low prices (I had $10 off, free shipping and 30% off all photobooks coupons). The finished product was more than I expected. I’m sure as far as albums go, it’s pretty basic, but they are very polished and i can’t wait to give them to our parents.
I might try inkubook next time though based on the reviews in the link the previous poster put up.
Post # 15
I ordered books for our parents with Shutterfly and Picaboo.
Picaboo offered more customization, but I found that their printing was a little washed out and the binding seemed a little loose, even when I first got it. I’m hoping it will hold up.
Shutterfly turned out a great final product, but doens’t have the option to choose lay flat pages. I thought the colour was good, but it’s harder to customize layouts. You’re pretty much stuck with what they have set out.
I’m planning on doing an Adoramapix album for us, but am waiting for acoupon.
Post # 16
Well, there was no way I could afford a pricey photo album through our photographer so I touched up a bunch of photos using google’s Picasa software.
I used pro pics and a bunch of pics from friends and family and made a 100 page photobook with Shutterfly. I had a 50% off coupon (definitely sign up for their mailing list and check your email periodically.) That brought the price down from $160 to $80!
The software was very intuitive. The quality of the book is way better than I was expecting. And their customer service is excellent! There were a couple of issues with the original book. I contacted them and they re-printed at no extra charge.
Here is a review I posted w/ pics a while back.