Πορεία Αγάπης - the booklet
Athanasia Kaniatsou is an amateur photographer and a member of the Larissa Photography Club. She has been twice to Tanzania and Uganda as part of a missionary support group called "Πορεία Αγάπης" (love route/mission).
This is my first attempt to build a photobook on the Blurb platform. My workflow was in CMYK color space using Photoshop and InDesign CS5. The print master file exported to PDF (Blurb PDF X-3 Export Preset v1-1).
Well, from the design perspective, I am not a professional and this is my first photobook. Its' form is small and square (17x17cm). I kept everything to minimal: no strokes, no combination of image sizes, no fancy typefaces, only white space and photos.
You may notice that there are no captions (no captions at the exhibition also). It's a presentation of Athanasias' journey memories. The photographs that were selected are "strong" enough to survive without captions. They have nothing to declare, they are not reportage or a sort of ethnographic research.
Μια “πορεία αγάπης”, που ξεκίνησε από τον ομώνυμο ιεραποστολικό σύλλογο Λάρισας τον Φεβρουάριο και επαναλήφθηκε τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2010 στη μακρινή Αφρική. Η Αθανασία ήταν εκεί και αιχμαλώτισε με το φακό της στιγμές μιας μοναδικής εμπειρίας στις χώρες της Τανζανίας και της Ουγκάντα.
For anyone interested, please wait till I receive a copy and hard-proof it in order to suggest you the right paper quality.
I received the parcel today. Blurb notified me that there was a delay on production and they sent it to me via UPS express without additional cost.
The photobook was printed fine and paper quality is up to expectations (although it seems to me glossy rather than the matte I ordered). I only noticed two minor mistakes that have to be accounted in post-production:
One was the cover borders. I left white borders intentional. The photograph was cropped to the "Page Size/Trim Line" and there was a white space until the "Final Size/Bleed Line" (InDesign template). As a result the cover was cut with a thin white line on the upper side. It is easy to be corrected, if you have access on a simple sheet cutter machine. I don't know if you can inform Blurb about where you want the page to be trimmed, I 'll contact them about that. Bottom line: It is safe to use the "Page Size/Trim Line" as the final cut size.
The other one is a "lack of experience" mistake, the brightness of printed photographs on the CMYK color space. My EIZO display is calibrated to sRGB and I didn't pay the appropriate attention. I wanted them a little more bright. I have to remember that.
All in all, I am very pleased with Blurb.
Update - Update
We had a pre-order for 20 items from www.fll.gr and I fixed up some things. The book is now re-uploaded with a new full-page cover and slightly brighter (via curves) photos.