HP Indigo Press
Recently, friend of the studio Michel Leroy needed to update his portfolio, and came to Dot Editions for some imaging work and printing. After brainstorming a bit, we decided to help Michel go sleeveless. He left the studio yesterday with a completely revamped, gorgeous, sleeveless portfolio that fit right into the existing portfolio binders he already owns.
See for yourself. First, here are the “Before” pictures, in the sleeves:
The glare off the sleeves, plus struggling to get the spreads to lay flat (I had to use some serious fun-tack to get these spreads to lay them open for the photos), do a disservice to the images.
Here are the same images, but printed on the HP Indigo press. The pages were scored and punched with holes for the post binding of Michel’s existing portfolio cover.
The binding: pages are scored so they easily lay flat on their own.
The final portfolio is truly a unique and beautiful book. “I’ve been waiting for this portfolio all my life,” Michel said. He has already had great responses from the look of his new book, from fellow photographers as well as other creatives.
This is also a way to produce fine art photography books. Machine or custom binding, soft-cover or hard-cover.
If you have questions about this new portfolio printing service that Dot Editions is offering, please email us!
In the event you haven’t been following the internet conversation discussing the future of photo books, you can catch up with it here. It all started as an online discussion between two well connected and active photobloggers, Miki Johnson of Livebooks’ Resolve blog, and Andy Adams of Flak Photo, and wrapped up with a flurry of information, links and comments between dozens of photo-based bloggers.
At Dot Editions, we are deep in the development of adding services for printing custom, short-run photo books and portfolios. This means our clients will not be limited to size and design restrictions that print-on-demand book companies have. We’re gearing up to work with the HP Indigo Press to provide an affordable way for photographers to produce custom portfolios. We work with our clients in a collaborative process, and team up with designers and book-binders to produce one-of-a-kind books.
In a nutshell, the days of the plastic sleeve portfolios are happily behind us. The future is wide open for your custom photo books, artist books, leave-behinds, and portfolios. If you have ideas for updating your portfolio, or creating a short-run, print-on-demand book, we look forward to collaborating with you to produce it. To get your gears turning, read this article from Heather Morton/Art Buyer’s blog about photographer’s portfolios in the digital age.