The Guardian's Annalisa Barbieri interviewed me last week for an article that appears in her Personal Shopper column today. A reader had asked her to recommend DIY albums that she could use to to mount a mixture of professionally printed and amateur prints.
DIY albums are rather different to the albums I produce for my own clients, but it was interesting to have an excuse to research what's available on the high street or via mail order and how they compare with professional albums. Although the rise of digital photography has brought many new styles of album to the market, there's still a healthy selection of DIY albums out there.
Despite the range of choices available, the biggest differences between DIY albums and those that I use are design and build quality. There are some great pieces of album design software available to professional photographers at the moment and combining them with suppliers that can produce albums to your personal designs with the quality and care that comes from making them by hand produces fantastic results.