So last week I saw a post online looking for professionals to review products from a print company, Saal Digital. At first I was a little apprehensive, being offered a wall décor of my choosing, in a finish of my choosing, to one of my own images. Looking further into it, I assumed there would be a catch, but everything looked to be of a very high standard, being manufactured in Germany.
There were several options available to me; Acrylic glass, Foamboard, Canvas, and two styles of Alu-Dibond metal finishes. As someone who works in the wedding industry, I have found Canvas’ and Photobooks to be the two most popular print items. (Photobook review to follow). However, there was a particular image that I took on a personal trip last year that I wanted to see on a larger format.
Saal claims that “The acrylic print features bright colours and fascinating spatial depth. It is suited for different images, be it fantastic landscape or unique architecture photographs. Your images will come to life on the acrylic surface” which sold me on that style, as brightness and depth are two qualities needed from an astro photography image.
The ordering process is super simple - download a really simple bit of software, select your image, finish and size and you’re away. I went for a 12 x 16 with the standard mounting which I am very happy with as everything remains hidden, whilst being slightly raised from the wall, though other options are available for a little extra. One thing that is important at the ordering stage is to correctly prep your image for print. This can be done by easily downloading the correct ICC colour profile from Saal’s website, and pre-cropping everything so there are no nasty surprises when you receive the print. This is a really nice touch, and something which a lot of larger companies do not offer.
Delivery was very quick, and only took 5 days to be couriered to me (UK based), and everything came well packaged.
Onto the actual print quality! Saal claim that the acrylic finish has a 4 star resolution (slightly lower than the other finishes mentioned), but this is not something that I saw in the final result. The image was taken on a Canon 6D with the 14mm 2.8L Lens. The colours seem to pop and finer details in the stars appear to be well resolved. The finish itself seems well made, with no unsmooth edges across the corners, which you can get with lower quality products.
Overall, I am really happy with the quality of this, and am really excited to review the photobook!! I would definitely recommend this company, and will use them for all client work forthcoming!!