As many of you may know, my day-to-day work is within graphic design working for FortuneWest, the latest project I have been involved in has been creating MTA Photo Albums new webpages for the new partnership with Canon, bringing the latest hdbook.
This book has been crafted to reach a new level of quality, bringing the highest resolution, creating stunning photo books which is produced on the Canon DreamLabo 5000.
Having spent time creating the pages for MTA and reading the specs of this new book I was very excited to say the least in how good these prints will look.
I have been really impressed! The print quality is the best I’ve seen, retaining the details and really bringing the colours out, it is very exciting to see the expedition photos again and makes me want to get outside again on the next trip.
I have been specially blown away by the black and white photos. Surprisingly these have been some of my most problematic prints as I want to keep the blacks rich and high contrast but on several occasions found blacks have become washed out and lacked that punch I am looking for.
The mono photos have good contrast and look moody, I really liked my Snowdon slate mine already *see above* but seeing this print I just fell in love with it again, the print just shows how difficult the weather was that day. Low cloud, mist and lack of light, not to mention a time deadline to climb the mountain - A photographers nightmare.
My book has brought together my best photos over 2 years of expeditions from across the UK - Cambrian Mountains, Snowdonia, Chilterns, Somerset, Saundersfoot, Berkshire and the Lake District.
The book is a 8x8, lustre finish on the inside and cover. For a small book it has some weight which is good, I recently reviewed a few over photo books and this is the heaviest of them so far but also is one of the smallest in page quantities. It is also the most expensive of the books too, coming in over double the price cheapest.
Comparing the books together, the hdbook has a better colour match, colours are more vibrant plus white and blacks are richer and as a whole prints are sharper by a considerable amount.