Ashley Holmes Photography | Flush Mount Photo Books
Introducing a new range of Flush Mount Photo Books

Introducing a new range of Flush Mount Photo Books:

Flush Mounted Photo Books Vs Regular Photo Books

  • Flush Mount Photo Books originated as high-end Wedding Albums that were custom made by boutique binderies and carried a high-end price tag!  They differed from regular photo books by being hand mounted on thick inner board with real silver halide photo paper, thus giving the book many desirable characteristics.
  • Regular press photo books are low-end photo books that are mass-produced using inkjet printers and stock papers – known as “press printed books” in the trade.
  • Flush mount photo books differ from regular photo books in having a stronger, tighter, finer superior core.  They are “built like a brick,” feel robust and their weight carries a crafted feel.  Press printed books on the other hand are like magazines – thin, weightless and lack the solid feeling of a real book.
  • Standard press printed pages are flimsy and bend out of shape with each opening and easily wrinkle after light playing from children. Flush mounted pages are rigid and meant for long term vigorous use and because they don’t bend they always retain their shape.
  • Press printed books use the same paper as found in mass-produced magazines whereas Flush mount books use real silver halide photo paper that comes with a beautiful lustre finish.  Standard press paper absorbs stains but these flush mount books have a coating that protects against spills and stains.
  • Traditional inkjet printing uses a CMYK half-toning method, which consists of small dots packed closely together to give the illusion of transitions.  Half-toning can never faithfully reproduce a photo’s true tones, depths or graduations.  If you examine half-tone prints closely you’ll notice grainy noise added where there should be soft smooth transitions.  It does not matter whether a printing press uses 4, 6 or 8 colour “HD” printing.  They all rely on half-tone technology which is fundamentally gamut limited.  “Real” photo printing doesn’t use half-toning.  Instead it uses a chemical process done through exposure practices that have been practiced for over 100 years.  The final result is a real photo with truly seamless tones where no transition is apparent.
  • Finally, standard press printed books lose the image inside the gutter when spreading one image across two pages.  All flush mount books however use a lay flat design, which gives stunning panoramic views.
  • Remember, Lustre paper is the Professional’s choice – archival grade paper designed to last 100 years – so images can be shared and appreciated by generations to come.
  • We have two book available with many options for sizes and covers etc :
  • The Layflat Book is our regular Photo Book and the Flush Mount Album is the Delux version.  Please see their separate pages for full details.