Let me guess, you haven’t printed a photo from your phone since 2009. BUT if your phone took a swim in the toilet tomorrow, you’d be that person sobbing at the AT&T customer service counter begging the poor soul working there to “please, please, please rescue all my photos.” Amiright?
I’ve got relatively little time to organize and print personal photos so when I discovered Artifact Uprising’s Instagram photo books, I was sold. Once I year, I take everything from my phone and put it in a simple paperback book. Their software is intuitively designed for a free program and you can let them handle the layout or be as meticulous as you like about it.
Here are some tips for making this require as little work as possible:
- Shoot your photos in square format and save yourself the hassle of cropping later.
- Use your iPhone’s photostream capability to automatically upload your images to your computer as a backup. (Other phones have programs that do this as well but I don’t want to speak on something I’m not very experience with here.)
- Edit or don’t edit. Let that part go. I enjoy cleaning up my favorite images in the soon-to-be-released FilmBorn by the incredibly talented Kirk Mastin. But if you just can’t even, then don’t. Pop those babies straight into a book and allow them to just tell their story.
- Enjoy the freedom that using your iPhone camera will create. You’ll know these images will be turned into something amazing so you won’t hesitate to shoot. Don’t let JPEGs die a slow death on your hard drive.
Once you set up My Photo Stream, you can create an album for each year of photos and just dump your favorites in there either monthly, quarterly, or even just once a year. Here’s what that looks like on my computer.
Then you simply export all of your favorites and upload them to your Artifact Uprising book. Book prices are very fair:
- 5.5 x 5.5 start at $17.99 for 40 pages ($0.25 per page up to 100 pages)
- 8.5 x 8.5 start at $36.99 for 40 pages ($0.75 per page up to 380 pages)
Here are our albums for the last 4 years, ranging from about $40 to $85 depending on size. I’ve calculated out cost and each image comes in at less than 10 cents, a total steal!
Get started printing your book here. (Note: They also have some pretty slick looking square prints, hardbound albums, Christmas cards, and postcards if this is your thing!)
P.S. This post contains affiliate links which support giveaways and all the time and energy these posts take to photograph and write. If those aren’t your jam, feel free to use our friend Mr. Google to find these products!
P.P.S. Black and white film images in this post shot using a Canon AE-1 on Delta 3200, scanned and developed by yours truly.
P.P.P.S. Kiddo’s favorite activity is gathering the stack of books and paging through each and every spread, craning his neck closer to the book each time he gets to a new one. Melts my heart.