canon-photobookDo you have loads of pics sitting on your phone, hard drive or SD card (of course you do!), and at some point thought about getting them printed?

Ever since I’ve been using my phone as my primary camera, I’ve thought about getting my travel pics printed but don’t do it as often as I’d like to. I’ve only tried a bunch of Instagram printing services which pulls images from your feed.

Enter Canon’s new photobook printing service.

The advantage of their service is that you don’t have to link your Instagram account and print little squares (we know the quality goes down when that happens). Canon’s new CSA Photobook service – located here: let’s you create beautiful photobooks using their software whereby you upload the pics you want to use. This means you can use your full high-res images to get the best looking pictures in print!


It’s really simple. You go to the CSA Photobooks website and sign up (so you can save your work and go back to it). Then decide how you want to do your layout, via web or downloading their software – Mac and Windows supported. At first, I opted to use the online method but found that the uploads were hanging on my browser (Safari). So I downloaded the Mac software (about 85MB) and worked off it. When you’re installing it, you will be asked if you want to download all themes etc, I just clicked yes for everything. It does take a while for the whole process to be completed.


I started with my book layout last week Wednesday, it was time consuming because I didn’t decide beforehand what pictures I want to use, so I started going through tons of folders. I ended up completing it the next night, which is when I placed my order. There are different layout options and styles, you can add borders if you want. I kept mine simple. If the photos are not high-res enough, you will see a sign that tells you this. For these pics, I opted to use the small square layout option.


Once I got to the end, the app asked me to login – it didn’t remember the credentials I created on the web so I just created a new account and completed my order. You will get an email for these processes – signup, order, and upload confirmation. The last step, upload confirmation is important. Once you place your order, you have to upload the files to Canon’s server (all the high res images) in order for it to be complete. I completed this from the app – make sure your Internet connection is a decent enough speed – there is a speedtest link at this point to check.


The photobooks are all hardcover, 24 pages and come in either A5, A4, A3 in portrait or landscape. I tried the A4 landscape option, which costs R420. A4 portrait costs as little as R280, and the most expensive, A3 landscape costs R510. If you live in Johannesburg, you can opt to fetch your delivery from Bryanston at no cost. If you’re outside of Johannesburg, you have to pay for shipping.

Canon South Africa says it will take 3 business days before you get your photobook. I received mine today, on the 3rd business day and I’m impressed with it! It also made me realise that I should have spent more time on it (my book title is so cheesy!). These personalised photobooks make excellent gifts for any occasion.


Canon South Africa have given me 10x codes to giveaway on Wired to the Web. All you have to do to stand in line to win is tell me what picture(s) you have that you’d love to see in print OR who you’d want to create a photobook for (birthday/christmas/anniversary gift for someone special/yourself) via the comments section below.

Only one entry per person. Competition will run until next Tuesday, 11 November at 12pm. Winners will be emailed their codes within a day.

The code is valid for an A4 Landscape photobook worth R420.


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  1. aasia 04/11/2014 at 14:08 Reply

    I would say I need a pics printed for my flat. I got to tick something off my bucket list going to Yosemite. and would LOVE to have this blown up as big as possible to try in my own way to match the actual scale

    • Roshan R 05/11/2014 at 10:36 Reply

      I have lots of pics from my recent holiday to Spain, Portugal & Morocco which I’d love to make into a photobook. Especially keen to try out Canon software as used my Canon D600 to take out the pics!

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/11/2014 at 14:18 Reply

      Congratulations on winning a code Aasia! Please send me a mail on and I’ll mail it to you today! Thanks 🙂

  2. naqiyah 04/11/2014 at 14:11 Reply

    This is a great idea!
    I want to create a book for my husband with images of all the races he’s finished with pics of his race numbers with medals alongside. He’s come a long way over the past 3 years from not being able to run a kilometer to running 44! This would make for a great keepsake to document his personal journey.

  3. Clark 04/11/2014 at 14:30 Reply

    I’d like to create a photobook for my wife filled with not only pics of the two of us touring the Mother City, but also of our cute kitten, special moments and memorable holidays

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/11/2014 at 14:18 Reply

      Congratulations on winning a code Clark! Please send me a mail on and I’ll mail it to you today! Thanks 🙂

      • Clark 13/11/2014 at 10:24 Reply

        Wow! so awesome, thank you to you and Canon, can’t wait to start putting my photobook together 😀

  4. Cathy Cronje 04/11/2014 at 14:38 Reply

    I would make a book for my parents called “Catherine’s Adventures in the Middle East”. Neither of my parents are on Facebook or Instagram so they only see my photos if I email them.

  5. qudsiya 04/11/2014 at 15:35 Reply

    I’d love to document our Turkey trip through a photobook, so this would be a great win 🙂

  6. Mo 04/11/2014 at 15:56 Reply

    I would gift this to my gorgeous wife who believes that if she didn’t take a pic of sumthin, it didn’t happen! I would create a story just for her with her childhood memories, our special moments and all our friends n family

  7. Shahil Juggernath 04/11/2014 at 15:59 Reply

    I got a lot

    Pictures of wind turbines
    Pictures of my last two holidays
    Pictures of the 2010 World Cup as well

    Too many pictures…

  8. Neill Soden 04/11/2014 at 16:12 Reply

    A Series of image I taken around South Africa of people I don’t know, I’ve called it “Unacquainted”

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/11/2014 at 14:18 Reply

      Congratulations on winning a code Neill! Please send me a mail on and I’ll mail it to you today! Thanks 🙂

      • Neill Soden 11/11/2014 at 14:23 Reply

        thank you, will do 🙂

  9. Fareed Mohammed 04/11/2014 at 16:40 Reply

    I have so many memories from my travels abroad, the special person in my life but seeing that it’s November, well, Movember and this year my MO will be dedicated to my best friend who I recently lost to cancer, I will dedicate the photobook to the dearly departed and my Mo. #MoBook

  10. Russell Hood 04/11/2014 at 20:41 Reply

    We got married in 2008 on the beach in the Eastern Cape and have recently retouched our wedding photos specifically for a photo book. I recently saw my cousins wedding photo book, I knew I have to do one for our wedding.

  11. Jessica Franks 05/11/2014 at 09:18 Reply

    I would love to print all the photos from my quick adventures around the globe this year. So like a summary of all my travel in 2014 😀

  12. laradematos 05/11/2014 at 10:04 Reply

    I’d be keen to win it so I can make one up for my mom as a Christmas gift…of all the kids and grandkids

  13. Richard Ryder 05/11/2014 at 10:07 Reply

    Our little family has progressed nicely after just more than a year. We have many many wedding pictures and pictures of our son, but they’re all digital. I’d just love to have a nice physical version of our journey so far.

  14. Nicola Meyer 05/11/2014 at 11:20 Reply

    I would love to do a birthday party book – pictures of the kids birthday parties over the years

  15. Adele 05/11/2014 at 13:26 Reply

    When I left school I did a gap year to the UK, would love to put some of those pics in a photobook and remember all the amazing places I went to and saw, at the moment they just on photo disks. Love photobooks

  16. Jane Tennet 06/11/2014 at 09:21 Reply

    I would love to make a few books, I spent a month on holiday in America with my family – photos of New York, Washington, Florida and the Bahama’s would look amazing in one of those books – and even better it would make a great present for my mom for her Birthday.
    My trip to Italy, Venice and Rome would make another amazing book…. Or my upcoming trip to Germany with my brother… 🙂

  17. Chris 06/11/2014 at 13:15 Reply

    In December last year I got married to the lady of my dreams. We could not afford a photographer so we asked a few of our friends to bring along their cameras. As a result we have tons and tons of really nice photos.
    Now, getting close to our 1 year anniversary, all these amazing photos are still stashed away on our external harddrive. Consequently we hardly get to look at them and remember the best day of our lives. A CSA Photobook for our coffee table would be amazing.

    • Nafisa Akabor 11/11/2014 at 14:15 Reply

      Congratulations on winning a code Chris! Please send me a mail on and I’ll mail it to you today! Thanks 🙂

      • Chris 11/11/2014 at 14:26 Reply


  18. Leanne 07/11/2014 at 10:05 Reply

    OOoo OOOooo so awesome! Well where do I start! Baby is now 7 months which means I must have about 7 million photo’s by now haha! I was actually thinking of doing a photobook so this would be an amazing prize! I have become obsessed with photo’s, I have about 10 memory sticks and folders on my lap top, tablet, phone etc… would be so lovely to have 1x photobook with everything captured from month 1 -7! And then every time someone comes over I can brag and show them my photobook and I would probably carry it around with me everywhere I go!

    Pick me 🙂

  19. Gary Laight 07/11/2014 at 11:39 Reply

    We have 3 kids & very few printed pictures of the them. Most of our pics are on PC, smartphone or backup drive! My mother has a “brag book” that she shows to all & sundry when asked about her grandchildren. Please help me to print a “brag book” of my own…

  20. Skysha 07/11/2014 at 14:28 Reply

    Last year for my honeymoon my husband and I went on a roadtrip to the beautiful Flamingo Bay, Mozambique. That place was magical. With our chalets on stilts over the water, we got to watch the fish swim under our feet and experience some breath taking sunsets. Thankfully we had our SLR, tripod and remote to capture the moments in all their beauty. Now our some 4GB of memories sit on our external harddrive in the cupboard 🙁

  21. Claire van Apeldoorn 08/11/2014 at 21:22 Reply

    I have been wanting to have my wedding photos printed out for ages or have a book made.. We have a total of one pic framed and on display..its really so sad because we have such beautiful pics that are not being seen.. on the 27th of this month, its our 4 year wedding anniversary so would be incredibly special.. I also have tons of pics of our two little kiddies and family shoots that Id love to do something with.. maybe a story book that captures our lives? what an awesome anniversary gift it would make 🙂

  22. TallStoryTeller 09/11/2014 at 11:46 Reply

    I have become obsessed with leaves. I would like to print a coffee table photo book of all the magical pics I took. A bit unconventional, I know….

  23. Mujeeb 09/11/2014 at 11:53 Reply

    I would actually give this gift to a friend. She has one billion pics stored on her phone, desktop, laptop, camera. She’s the photographer in our group and it would be great if some of the pics she’s taken over the years can be put in a storybook form.

  24. Waseem Dawood 09/11/2014 at 12:33 Reply

    I’m not much of a photographer, I always forget to take any pics, and the ones I do take, let’s just say amateurish would be a compliment. I would like to win to gift to a friend, because I think this a hot gift idea.

  25. Redene 09/11/2014 at 14:06 Reply

    I would love to donate a photobook to be printed to the bullterrier dog rescue organization

  26. Elize van Zyl 09/11/2014 at 16:07 Reply

    I’m a single grandmom, raising my grandson all by myself. And as I’m getting older, I realise more and more the value of photographs as memories to tap in when getting old. It may be the only memories I will have to relive and relive again. As I am really not afraid of getting old, I am scared of the possible loneliness and having all the photos of my children and grandchildren to look at in one convenient place, will definitely make aging a lot easier to live with.

  27. Daniel 09/11/2014 at 20:16 Reply

    I would love to use the prize to win a book to send to my parents who i havent seen for the last 3 years

  28. Harm Kruyshaar 09/11/2014 at 21:19 Reply

    I’ve been an amateur photographer since 2003 when I bought my first digital camera, a Canon 300D SLR. I’ve been in love with photography ever since and it would be amazing (and very difficult) to choose 24 of my best photos to display and share in a Canon photobook.

  29. Fatima 10/11/2014 at 09:25 Reply

    My dear cousin had her phone stolen so lost a significant number of photos she had taken of her 2 munchkins. However, since she had shared so many of the photos with me, I would like to surprise her and collate the photos into a chronological photobook for her. She is quite sentimental so this would make the perfect gift for her coffee table.

  30. Samantha 10/11/2014 at 11:40 Reply

    I would love to put together a beautiful family album for my parents. We’ve taken digital photos for almost 20 years and there are so many forgotten memories sitting on computers and hard drives that would be so beautiful to have all together in a lovely album. Weddings Christmases and holidays that we will treasure forever.

  31. Jana 10/11/2014 at 19:47 Reply

    I would like to print the pictures from my wedding that was 2 months ago. I want to give it to my grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease. She was at my wedding but still asks me when am I getting married every time she sees me. She will be able to look at the pictures whenever she wants to.

  32. Clinton Hiralal 11/11/2014 at 09:19 Reply

    This Canon Photobook, is what my girlfriend and i just need, as our two year anniversary is coming up on the 1st of January and its been a great ride so far – filled with lots of laughter, tears and joy. Having or making this Photobook – we will get the opportunity to put pictures of our life’s experiences together and pictures with family and friends in one chapter. This allows us to share memories and joyful times with people on a tangible format, as in this technology driven day age the idea of creating photo albums has lost its essences. As much as a digital photo is more ‘eco friendly’, – a Photobook filled with images will lead to tons of stories for future generations to come!

  33. Shubnum 11/11/2014 at 09:50 Reply

    Last year I volunteered at a village in a mountain in Jammu and Kashmir for three months. It’s the first time I lived away from home and living in a village on a mountain with erratic electricity, no roads and limited internet connection was life – changing. I have some beautiful images of my experience there, especially of the children who are amazing. Usually I have to always take out the projector and link up my computer and set up a dark room to show family and friends the photos of my experience. It would make things really easier and that more special if I had a book I could take out to show them or to carry and show people when we go out to visit.

  34. Derisha Naidoo 11/11/2014 at 10:45 Reply

    The canon photo book would be an ideal gift for my boyfriend and I as we will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary in January.
    We have been through alot in the past 2 years. Our experiences from going on holidays, celebrating birthdays and just having a good time would fit perfectly in a photo book. Our images are currently on our phones or camera and this is not the most secure place to keep memories. Placing our images into a photo book will capture images that would last a life time, making our memories available for future generations and even the older people who are not so techno savvy.
    Our photo book would have pictures of our families, friends and pets!

  35. Nafisa Akabor 11/11/2014 at 14:20 Reply

    Thanks all for entering!

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