PhotoBooks – Saal-Digital

I have been asked by Saal to order one of their books and do a review on the quality. Here are my thoughts:

When you go onto the website there are a number of different options you can consider from photobooks to calendars. In order to complete a book you need to download their free software which give the templates and design function for the book. I was asked to complete a Professional Line book on this occasion but I have completed many other books with them -my preferred size is the A4 landscape with the extra thick pages.


The software is well designed and allows you to have a great deal of control over the design process. You can use the templates or create your own pages and choose hundreds of background colours and patterns. Once you have designed your book you upload it and around a week later the book hits your doormat.


The quality of the books is very impressive and you can choose different cover options and thickness and quality of finish. Back in the day when we used a company called Graphistudio for our wedding albums they were considered the best in quality. Saal Digital comes very close at a fraction of the cost. I particularly like the lay flat pages which allow images to go across the fold.

I would have no hesitation in recommending them for your photobooks. I have been using them for a few years now and have always been impressed.

Here is their website

My Selection from the Competition Entries

My Favourite by Damian Garcia

I chose this selection before the public vote took place. I was very impressed with the following entries which all get Highly Commended.

Now to my personal favourites – In third Place Mary-Ann Blackmore

In Second Place – Ian Pinion

But in first place this stunning Image by Damian Garcia (This came 4th in the vote)

Thanks to everyone who entered. I will think about another competition in May with a theme.

Competition Results – Peoples Vote

We have had all the votes in for your favourite images. The results were spread across a large number of the entries and there were 3 votes separating the top three so it was as close as it could get. Here are the results for the peoples vote.

In third place Damian Garcia

In Second Place Steve Purdy

In first place with 2 images getting exactly the same number of votes Ian Pinion. Both Excellent images and worthy winner of our first photography competition and the fabulous prize of a £25 voucher.

Tomorrow I will be announcing my favourite images so check back.

Competition Entries

Thank you for sending in your entries – we have had 113 in total. The submissions are in no particular order and I have chosen my top 3 which will be announced when we have had the votes in from the public vote.

To vote for your favourites send me an email to with your 1st, 2nd and third for the public vote. Make a note of your favourites – each thumbnail has a number. Make sure you click on the images below to see them full frame as some of the thumbnails below are cropped. Closing Date for votes 20th April.

Times Article Plan now, go later. 30 great breaks in Devon and Dorset.

We feature in an article by Chris Haslam in The Times Travel section this Saturday. Featuring the best West Country breaks for when we’re travelling again.

We feature at no 24. You can read the full article here:

To visit our Dorset pages and book a course for later in the year click on this link:

New Photo Competition

Send in a picture of your best landscape. It can be anywhere and you can send up to 5 entries. Closing date 15th April. I will then put the entries on the travelwithfotocourses blog in low res for people to see and will give a 1st, 2nd and 3rd based on my opinion. People will also be able to vote by sending an email stating what they think is the best entry from the selection.  The 1st place based on the peoples vote will get a voucher for £25 to spend on one of our courses when things get back to normal. Its a token prize but the real prize is showcasing your work.

Competition Rules

Maximum 5 entries per person.
Judges decision is final.
There will be 1 prize.
Entires will be posted on the travelwithfotocourses blog at a maximum resolution of 800 pixels wide. The pictures will not be used for any other purpose without your express permission.

Send your entries to my email

Free photography book – Still Life

Check out this guide to get you started with some still life shots:

If you would like to download our online photography course check out and follow the online link. 6 modules with feedback on projects.

Free photography book – How to Create Photo Twirls

Here is another book to download which shows how to create some interesting effects using photoshop. You can download a copy here:

If you would like to download our online photography course check out and follow the online link. 6 modules with feedback on projects.

Free photography book – Amazing Abstracts with Oil And Water

If you want to do something creative while stuck at home check out the free link below to download this book:

Over the next few days I will be giving links to other free books to keep you occupied.

If you would like to download our online photography course check out and follow the online link. 6 modules with feedback on projects.