Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

October 4, 2007

My hand made book – book size

Filed under: Books, Photography, Projects/Series — Doug Stockdale @ 4:44 am

With my Epson 4800 printer, I had hopes of creating at least a 12 x 12″ porfolio book, but with Mark’s information about the rag fiber orientation, I am now looking at a 8-1/2″ x 9-3/4″ book size. The fiber orientation is in line with the roll length, which is perpendicular to the spine, not parallel. So I need to cut the 17″ paper lengths, then feed it sideways to give me my spine orientation.

But that book size did seem familiar, and sure enough I have four books almost that exact size and one just under.  The books are all perfect bound, with three published by Aperture (Octave of Prayer by Minor White, Edward Weston Photographs and Paul Caponigro).  So I have been looking through these books this evening to become reacquanted with the size, look and feel.

Interestly if I clip two of these books together, it is about the width that I have calculated.  To provide with enough white space around the image, I am looking at images that are either 6-3/4 x 5″ for horizontal images or 5-1/2 x 8″ for vertical images.  This size book is better suited to vertical images, of which there are very few in my Bad Trip – Sad Trip series.  hmmmm.

So I have printed one horizontal image (Randy, my lead image) in this format and trimed the print to the page size to carry around and evaluate.  I am a little disappointed as I was hoping for a larger size portfolio book.  Maybe this is the reason to buy the 44″ wide HP Z3100? ;- )

and perhaps, wonderful things come in small packages!

Best regards, Doug


  1. Hi, Doug. Please keep me up on this issue. I’m a bookbinder/restorer but mainly use my HP Z3100 for photography printing. Am having some issues with repeated white dots (unprinted areas) in large-format printings. Bob (or Sterling)

    Comment by Sterling — October 5, 2007 @ 2:25 am

  2. I have visited your site 286-times

    Comment by Visitor898 — October 10, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

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