Friday, January 15, 2016

the best way to preserve your photos

I was just reading a blog post by Angie Lucas about losing 20 months of digital photos. Photos that just happened to have been taken the very time her child was born. It got me to thinking about digital photos and backing up and the tedious process of photo organization that goes along with memory keeping.

The truth is....I hate and despise everything related to digital photography with one exception: I enjoy being able to see the photo I've just taken. Other than that, may I please have a pack of film, an exceptional developer and a pack of prints back?

Taking digital photos sucks. It just does. It's so much work. I take the photo, I edit the photo, I share the photo, I have to get the photo from my device or memory card to my computer, I edit the photo more sometimes, I upload to a developer or print a semi-crappy print from home. I wait for them to come in the mail and then I'm still not happy with them.

Digital prints simply do not have the richness that my film prints had. There's something lacking in them. I know you're thinking I must not be the world's greatest photographer or the Photoshop queen. You're thinking right. I've accepted that and I know there are many ways to have better results. I don't have time to do any of those. Nary a one. I barely have time to do laundry right now.

The thing is...I was almost always happy with my film photos but then maybe I was not comparing them to today's "super processed in Photoshop" photos by scrapbook superstars. It was just so much easier! You took the pic, popped the film out, dropped it off and boo-yah, you had your pictures! It was so much easier to get to this....a completed scrapbook.


I know I need to backup and be diligent about my photos and I often think about backing up but I've decided this: printing is the best way to preserve my photos. If I print a photo and especially if I scrapbook a photo, I'm good. I have that photo and I've captured the memory. I don't think I'll revisit it again. Now I'm glad that I have so many digital pictures backed up and I might go back and print some of them sometime but I'm more relieved that so many of my photos are printed.

Was I cute or what? I'm on the left btw. 

I don't have many pics from 2015 printed but I believe I'm caught up to that point. So I need to get crack-alacking on those and then I am going to backup 2015 but I don't stress over that because I have decided that if the 20 photos from my childhood still help me remember what life was like, my daughter doesn't need 20,000 pics to remember hers. We need somewhere in the middle.


I love pictures, probably more than most people but I'm going to purge a bunch of my digi files and just keep the ones that I truly and completely adore. I'm printing and saving the best and purging the rest.

If you are behind on printing your photos, let this be a kick in the pants to get you going in 2016. We need to get those photos in our hands and off our computers ladies. I'm preaching to both of us on this.

You with me?


15 comments:

Susanne said...

Yes, I'm with you. I did just back up all my photos, hoping to make that a more regular thing in 2016 as well. Cute snaps that you've shared!

Mandi Holmes said...

I hear you. I got all my pics backed up. I need to start printing more of the 2015 pics.

Meg Rudd said...

Oh gosh, I just can't get rid of them! I keep them in files on 2 external hard drives (I carry one with me, a very small 2 terabyte drive) because I worry about a fire or flood. If those happened, it could ruin my scrapbooks. I guess that makes me ultra paranoid, but I love having one hard drive with me. I plan my Project Life pages during my lunch period and can decide which pictures to print.
I even have a negative/slide scanner and have been going back and scanning those old negatives and slides so that I have them in jpegs now. Call me crazy! :)

Amy Sorensen said...

I've spent the last three days processing pics from November and December and getting my hard drive ready for a back up. I realized that just like I like to do a good, brutal purge of my scrapbook supplies, a purge of photos is also very liberating!

I SOOOOO agree with you, though. I miss the days of film. Three days of processing pics=three days of a Photoshop headache for me!

Diann B said...

I think about the same issue often. I have a ton of pictures of me when I was a baby and toddler, and also a lot of my kids when they were small, but after digital took over, I am "hard copy challenged" and I regret it. Going back now and printing seems like such a huge job. So I also have to pick and choose and just print some gradually. I think anout all the pictures I have of my ancestors that I love looking at, and regret that this generation will probably not have that reference to go back to some day.

Heather said...

I AM WITH YOU!!!!!! I have been putting off purging and backing up my pictures. Plus I have a happy click finger, lol. I do not need for replicas off the same shot. We can do this!

Kim said...

I am in the same boat as everyone else! So much work, so little time. I equally despise digital photography. It's such a chore and who wants to use precious scrapping time to back up anything!! Nonetheless, chores must be done. Maybe if done at regular intervals, we can all be successful (?).

Barbara Eads said...

I'm the queen of photo organization. I'm just sad that there are no longer any scrapbook stores to have my workshops. We take way too many photos these days. I try to make people realize what a burden we are putting on our children! Just print out the best 10 percent and let the rest go. Who needs 500 photos (or more--gasp) of that last trip you took? My motto is this: "If your kids weren't there, they don't care!" I say print---but make them meaningful prints!

Ingunn said...

I'm pretty good with backups, but I totally want more photos printed and in albums. I think I'm going to try a Project Lifeish approach this year - no pressure to document every single thing, just a monthly gathering of our favorite photos for the month along with little stories/snippets/moments/cute things Nora said.

Tina St. Peter said...

I am with you! Part of my "great photo org of 2016" will be to purge the digital photos that I KNOW are kinda crappy and pare down my archive to just what I want to keep. Then print and put in pocket pages for storage. I just switched from chrono scrapping, so I actually only have 2014 and 2015 in digital form as I have already scrapped yearly albums back to my last year of using a film camera.

Merrick Dunphy said...

I just printed a bunch of Disney pics from 2015.... Does that count?

And ummm Barbara... my kids weren't there. But I don't scrap Disney for my kids. I scrap Disney for ME. It gives me joy. The kids have their own books ;)

I don't think I've printed anything from 2014 except my Project 12 that are already put together.... So ummm yeah. Print pics.

Debra Kinder said...

I print mine in bunches every month or so. I save them, but don't plan on going back to reprint or review. Brutal purge is a good idea, then save the really important ones. I'm with you!

BTW Tracie, I watched the kid's animated movie called "Home" this weekend with my grandchildren. Its a cute story, but really, I'm telling you about it because the mom in the movie (who you don't see until almost the end) looks like you in animation. Check it out if you have time. Its so sweet! And it does look like you!

Mendi Yoshikawa said...

Love this and I completely agree with you! I'm bummed seeing so friends and family failing to print their favorite digital pictures. I know I'm guilty of falling behind and I love the idea of just going through and making sure your favorites are backed up and printed. I think every child needs at least a handful of physical photos from each year to look back on with fond memories. :)

KathleenM said...

I am with you on hating digital photos! I have so many pictures and back-ups, I have no idea where anything is! I'm just a hot mess and I have no energy or desire to go through it all to make sense of it! Right now I am in the the beginning stages of working through Stacy Julian's Photo Freedom's process. It will take me months, but I am praying I can do it!

Renie said...

What better not to do when processing photos: do not try to emulate the manner of other editing (other photos like yours), but from time to time it may work and may well turn out...And use special soft, try HDR http://softwarehdr.com/ and you will get nice results!