Doug Stockdale's Singular Images

June 15, 2008

Square book

Filed under: Books, Photography, Projects/Series, SoFoBoMo — Doug Stockdale @ 3:33 pm

Another take away from my SoFoBoMo book Places Amongst Us has been the relatively feel in my hands of the Blurb square 6-3/4 x 6-3/4″ softcover book. Perhaps a little too small. My square images appear to be stuffed in it. Admittedly, I use the LensWork magazine (also softcover & pefect bound) as my “gold standard” for small softcover books at the moment.

I had thought, since I am shooting square, then publish a square book. But the images just do not have a enough breathing room. I know that I have said this before, but I feel it is worth repeating and I want to write more about it now.

Fortunately, I have the ability to make a quick comparison, in as my film photograph example in my Sharpening book is the same one from the same square format series.

In the square book, my square image is 5-1/8 x 5-1/8″ with a 1/2″ surrounding margin. In the 10 x 8″ horizontal book, the square image is 4-3/4 x 4-3/4″ with a 1-5/8″ margin. The slightly smaller image with the larger margin in the larger book just looks and feels so much better. I think that this is where I also admit that I use really big mattes when I frame my prints.

The extra margin I call breathing room for the photographic image. Which I guess also puts me in a design space for a classic, not a contemporary book design. I do like the effects of a gallery in a book look.

Thus, next time I complete another series of square photographs and use Blurb, if they have not launched a larger version of the square book, I will be going with the retangular formats. That works better for me.

Best regards, Doug

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5 Comments »

  1. I flirted with the idea of the Blurb square book, but was reluctant to deal with that size. Thank you for validating my decision.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 16, 2008 @ 7:50 pm

  2. How did you feel about the quality in the smaller book? Mine seemed to be of a lesser quality of lazer print compared to the larger book.

    Comment by Ian Aleksander Adams — June 17, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  3. Ian, interesting that you mention that, as I was going to put some more time aside to drill down on the small versus larger softbound books for the color quality and compare it to my original files. My smaller square book does not appear to be printed as well as my larger book as well. It seems that I have some odd color shifts from page to page.

    You would think that what ever the printer was doing, it would do it consistently through the entire book, not intermittently. hmmmmm

    It gives me the impression that these two books were printed at two different companies (Blurb suppliers).

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — June 17, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

  4. I will be a buttinsky here and comment on Ian’s question. While I was considering the smaller book, I noticed that those smaller books are produced by a different printer. That was another thing that contributed to my choice of the larger format.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 17, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  5. The square book is printed on a different printer? Yikes, I did not see that. So off to Blurb I go, because I was under the impression every book was printed on the HP Indigo 5000. Can you provide me with a link to the info on the Square book printer?

    Comment by Doug Stockdale — June 17, 2008 @ 7:25 pm


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