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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:00 am

I want to make a book of some of my b&w photos but most of the printing services seem to specialize in color books. Does anyone have a recommendation on a service with good experience in printing b&w photo books? Thanks. Matt
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:34 am

The hints in this post may help! S-
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:01 pm

St3v3M wrote:The hints in this post may help! S-


Thanks Steve. I have visited all those sites and read reviews; none "specializes" in b&w, using only black ink. They all do cmyk. And I couldn't find any reviews that commented on their b&w photo books. I have written an email to the Compawssion company that Ernst recommended but have not heard back. I'll let you know what I find, if anything.

btw, any decision on Nick's essay? He has inquired .Thanks, Matt
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:38 pm

I gotta put in another plug for Mixbook. I don't work for them (but they do offer some kind of perk for referrals through me but I don't care). I just received my shipment of books I did for the family, a paean to my late bride. You can see it and page through it here: https://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/int ... mK4wXkUjgU Be sure to click on the largest size for crisp detail.

The cover is my original sepia although they also offer toning on B&W. If you page to pages 2-3 you will see what they do with B&W. Most are "straight" from my B&W originals. A couple are "toned" using their "toning." The pages are what I think are a nice mix. The last picture on the lower left is their B&W from my color original. I could have left it color but I thought the mix looked better in almost all monochrome except for the picture on the far left, which was my bride about age 4. The original of that is a period (c. 1943) hand-tinted portrait on toned textured paper. We used to do those in our studio as late as 1993. I think the quality of the B&W is terrific, CMYK or not. :thumbup: If you keep going through you'll see lots more B&W. Personally I would not hesitate but they are your pictures!
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Post by St3v3M » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:47 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:btw, any decision on Nick's essay? He has inquired .Thanks, Matt

I'll check! S-
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Post by davechinn » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:52 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:I want to make a book of some of my b&w photos but most of the printing services seem to specialize in color books. Does anyone have a recommendation on a service with good experience in printing b&w photo books? Thanks. Matt


Matt, I have used Adorama in the past with great results. The last one was in B&W, I was very pleased with the end results. https://www.adoramapix.com/app/start-book/
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:24 pm

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Matt Quinn wrote:I want to make a book of some of my b&w photos but most of the printing services seem to specialize in color books. Does anyone have a recommendation on a service with good experience in printing b&w photo books? Thanks. Matt


Matt, I have used Adorama in the past with great results. The last one was in B&W, I was very pleased with the end results. https://www.adoramapix.com/app/start-book/
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Thanks Dave. I was looking for someone who had experience with b&w pictures in photo books. I'll give a look there. Chuck's book blew me away, though, so Mixbook may be the place. Happy holidays. Matt
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Post by Matt Quinn » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:49 pm

Charles Haacker wrote:I gotta put in another plug for Mixbook. I don't work for them (but they do offer some kind of perk for referrals through me but I don't care). I just received my shipment of books I did for the family, a paean to my late bride. You can see it and page through it here: https://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/int ... mK4wXkUjgU Be sure to click on the largest size for crisp detail.

The cover is my original sepia although they also offer toning on B&W. If you page to pages 2-3 you will see what they do with B&W. Most are "straight" from my B&W originals. A couple are "toned" using their "toning." The pages are what I think are a nice mix. The last picture on the lower left is their B&W from my color original. I could have left it color but I thought the mix looked better in almost all monochrome except for the picture on the far left, which was my bride about age 4. The original of that is a period (c. 1943) hand-tinted portrait on toned textured paper. We used to do those in our studio as late as 1993. I think the quality of the B&W is terrific, CMYK or not. :thumbup: If you keep going through you'll see lots more B&W. Personally I would not hesitate but they are your pictures!


Chuck, There's a hole in your heart and I can see why. Beautiful lady, beautiful memories, beautiful treasure. Thank you for opening this to us. I will use Mixbook and would like to use you as the referral; how can I do that?

Strong thoughts for you and your family now. I shared your book with my wife; we had a good conversation after and because of it. Thank you for this generous gift.

Matt
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Post by Charles Haacker » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:00 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:Chuck, There's a hole in your heart and I can see why. Beautiful lady, beautiful memories, beautiful treasure. Thank you for opening this to us. I will use Mixbook and would like to use you as the referral; how can I do that?

Strong thoughts for you and your family now. I shared your book with my wife; we had a good conversation after and because of it. Thank you for this generous gift.

Matt

Matt, thanks for your sympathy and empathy. I'm told it can take a couple of years to really get back on track. Meanwhile, though, I am glad you liked the book (and the finished printed copies look exactly like it (on a well-calibrated monitor) which is another reason I like Mixbook so much). If you PM me your email I can email the invitation to you. You will get $20 bucks and also they tend to offer frequent sales, especially around holidays, up to half off depending on the dollar amount of the order. :yay:
Friends call me Chuck. :photo: This link takes you to my Flickr albums. Please click on any album to scroll through it.
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Post by Ernst-Ulrich Schafer » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:48 pm

Matt, I might be in a different lane than you are and I'm putting together a book myself with the hopes of having it printed by the end of 2019. I love the work that LensWork puts out and they are using https://www.hemlock.com/#!/. My book will be with about 100 pages and I will be printing about 500 copies.
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