With digital photography now the norm for most people, having physical prints of your photos is less common than it used to be, which led to the advent of people producing their own premium hardback photo books, mugs, cushions, jigsaws and fridge magnets to show off their photos instead of the more traditional photo album.
The next logical step to creating these for your own pleasure is to share your photos with the world and give complete strangers the opportunity to hang your photos on their wall and pay for the pleasure of doing so. What better way to entice people to do this than taking 12 of your best shots and making them into a calendar?
The self-publishing revolution has caused several Internet print on demand (POD) services to pop up, the choice is dazzling: azimuthprint, lulu, createspace, blurb, worldclay and even good old vistaprint all offer exciting products to print your photo of Uncle Ron jetskiing, your wheelie bin or just your smiling family onto. Products from some of these companies can be a little flimsy, but on balance, the calendar option on Lulu is the best quality for the lowest price, but offers come and go, it’s always best to shop around.