As we progress in years we have more cherished memories – memories that we have captured on our camera. We like to go back over them, remembering the events, the places and the people.
But that presupposes we can view these pictures. Where are they now? Are those photos unreadable?
In traditional photo albums – good – no problem at all.
In shoe boxes – OK – not quite as viewer friendly
Canisters of 35mm transparencies – hmmm –you cannot buy a lamp for that old projector
Boxes of slides – hmmm – big job scanning these in – and the quality often isn’t great either
On a computer – with terabytes of space, and a backup drive that never fails
On CD’s – I personally have a pile which I cannot read any more (can anybody help?
On an on-line service – Livedrive lost all the photos I uploaded. More about that in another blog post.
Oh and will Flikr, Dropbox etc. be around in 30 or 40 years’ time?
Thankfully I have all my best photos in traditional photo albums – several hundred of them! Last winter I spent several evenings scanning them into my computer. A lot more to go. I will probably have to pay somebody to do the rest. And the quality is not as good.
And I am carrying on printing 4×6” (10x15cm) photos – and putting them into traditional albums. In 60 years these photos should still be around. I won’t be! That is what I recommend.
PS – Microsoft told me a few years ago that they could not guarantee that .jpg files and CD’s could be read in 2020 – just 6 year’s time!
If you are a professional photographer you will know the importance of up-selling. For years for example a wedding album was followed by a number of framed prints of the happy couple. Now there are more opportunities.
Remember you are to some extent in competition with the amateurs who take photos at the wedding. We love these people too. But you, the wedding pohotgrapher, do not give your clients something different – that these people could not produce – and so different that they are prepared to pay for it, then you have little to offer – except for some better pictures.
Albums are normal – and some can be very expensive. Then you can have specialist albums for
best-men and bridesmaids
aunts, uncles and cousins
Mini albums are great for the latter groups – and for everybody there is the photo-accordion. (From Labelprint in France)
There are several good software tools to help you lay out your albums. We shall be producing an updated guide in the near future.
At the top end are the professional album design packages, now priced at a level that is suitable even for one specific wedding.
Dg Foto Art
A professional I know said “What took me a day to produce with Photoshop takes an hour with dg Foto Art” .
Finally if you want to produce a scrapbook – with that type of appearance then Art Explosion Scrapbook Factory is our recommendation. Personally I don’t think it is right for a wedding – but if you want total informality, then it is worth considering.
There are numerous tools to help structured printing – many of these free of charge. Just Google and try.
A collage of the photos in a wide format print – I use Collage-it
Our lives are full of memories. In photography we have found a technique for recording them so that we can go back over them ten, twenty, forty years later. In retirement, when one may have more time to reminisce and less strength to go on adventure, what better pastime can there be than going back over our photos and thinking, “That was when …” – “I’d forgotten about him – I wonder what’s he doing now..”, or “Wasn’t she an amazing lady”.
For a full range of quality paper and ink supplies at excellent prices for professional and serious amateur photographers and the users of wide format printers.
That presupposes one thing. – That those photos are readily available and capable of being read.
Go back 40years. Chances are that you have some regular photo albums, a few shoe boxes full of photos, canisters of transparencies (for that projector which you cannot get a lamp for) and a few hundred little plastic boxes full of the transparencies that they came back from Kodak in. More? what about those unreadable super-8 films and a pile of VHS video tapes (still OK but for how long?). May I suggest that there is only one of the above media that you are going to look at regularly – the photo album. Why? – because it is visible and accessible. The shoeboxes of prints probably come next – a poor second.
Is history repeating itself? The number of photos taken has risen exponentially. Indeed we spend some of our most cherished moments viewing that unforgettable moment through a viewfinder or LCD. Then what? View the thumbnails – select the good ones, edit them – and what next?
Leave them on the computer. Sort of visible for a time – but awaiting a hard disk failure.
Transfer them to CD/DVD – invisible (therefore as inaccessible as the old trannies) – and who knows when your computer will no longer be able to read a CD. (In my loft I have a box full of 5¼” floppy disks full of valuable information).
Put them on your iPad – fine till you get that message ‘storage full’.
Upload them to Flikr or another on-line service. These services come and go with monotonous regularity. Do you really think they will be round in 40 years time? Those memories – not only inaccessible – but LOST!*
So – what’s the answer? Back to the old photo album. And using your computer it’s so much easier.
Take your photos, select the best and assemble into a story.
Edit the photos if necessary – and lay them out into pages – and add text.
Print them at home on your own inkjet printer (quicker and more flexible than an outside photo book service).
You have a neat, accessible permanent book, which you can label and file to look at whenever you like. Quick – easy and effective.