How best to gift printed photos?
February 15, 2010 6:51 AM   Subscribe

My boyfriend took a ton of nice photographs while visiting India this summer. I'd like to get many of them printed. How best to present multiple photographs in an attractive, inexpensive way?

I've seen this thread but I'd be interested in other suggestions. I don't want to give him a DVD (I don't think he'd watch it) or little tchotchkes (too small to present the pictures nicely). Any ideas?
posted by anthropomorphic to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I've seen some pretty impressive results with Blurb.
posted by Optimus Chyme at 7:03 AM on February 15, 2010 [2 favorites]

I second Blurb; my husband and I printed up a book from a vacation we took to go on an archaeological dig with the photos making up most of the book but some of the narrative of what we learned on the dig as well. The book came out GORGEOUS, we were very pleased, and people like to flip through it when they visit us.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:12 AM on February 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Thirding a book - compact, fun to browse through, easy to keep around and it feels so professional! I used Shutterfly for a book and was impressed.
posted by Coffeemate at 7:19 AM on February 15, 2010

If there are some standout photos experiment with Picasa (the program) and make a collage poster. You can get some great classy stuff with that program, experiment. Adorama does great poster size prints. Don't let them adjust the color, though.

A good cheap way to decorate, too. If you want I can send you examples of what I've done for my apt.

If you can't limit enough for that a book is probably the best option.
posted by kathrineg at 7:31 AM on February 15, 2010

Best answer: Similar to Blurb, MyPublisher is quite good - my father, a professional photographer, made a photobook of the family this Christmas and chose them, and the printing quality was excellent.
posted by tmcw at 7:40 AM on February 15, 2010

Seconding MyPublisher. My family has done several vacation books using this and they look fantastic. I've never used either, but I heard from someone who had used both this and Shutterfly that this had much more flexible layout options. I also saw one done in iPhoto via Apple's site. It looked fantastic too.
posted by Askr at 8:02 AM on February 15, 2010

Print 4x6 photos with shutterfly. Then, go to an arts and crafts store (or etsy) and get a nice empty journal, some kind of handmade/hand-bound paper with a deckle edge (or whatever suits your fancy). Affix photos to paper with photo corners.
posted by thejoshu at 8:32 AM on February 15, 2010

Go to CostCo. They do an amazing job with a bound booklet, printed on nice paper.
posted by randomstriker at 12:18 PM on February 15, 2010

Best answer: Adorama will sometimes have really great deals on large poster prints. Keep checking every couple days.
posted by lockestockbarrel at 1:46 PM on February 15, 2010

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