Without question the ‘Digital Revolution‘ has opened up photography to the masses for a whole host of reasons…not least for the reduced cost of getting set up.
In fact my own professional life as a photographer has only known the world of the Digital SLR but I do remember as a kid having a little 35mm film camera and sending off to get the prints back; most of the time ending up with the 2 good shots at best out of a roll of 24.
With digital photography we get instant feedback and can see the photos we take straight away on our camera’s LCD screen and we can take thousands upon thousands of photographs without it costing us a penny; the question though is what do you do with all of those photographs? Do you, I suspect like most, end up with hard drives full of images that just disappear in the depths?
Of course it isn’t just photographs taken on your DSLR or ‘point and shoot’ nowadays as most people have mobile phones that take pretty decent, acceptable quality photographs too. Speaking for myself at last look I had just under 3000 images in my iPhone camera roll and obviously I’m not talking about client images here…I’m talking about ‘personal’ photos…photos of holidays, days out, family, pets and so on…
But what are we to do with them all?
Being in the ‘digital age’ there are many options available to us to display and look at our photographs; digital frames that hold memory cards can display continuous slideshows of images, with Apple TV [Link] we can view images on our television sets, the iPad with it’s fabulous screen, but no matter how great this is, I can’t help but keep one foot in the past and favour ‘hard copies’ of my images…not all images you understand, just my favourites.
At our home we have framed holiday, family and pet photographs, taken using my Nikon DSLR and some taken using my iPhone. The iPhone ones understandably aren’t as sharp as those taken with my D3, but that doesn’t matter…it’s the images and the memories they bring back that’s more important to me with these rather than sharpness and overall quality.
Since reading Scott Kelby’s account of his recent trip to London over on his blog [Link] I’ve been motivated to get some of Apple’s Photo books printed; especially as the process is so darned simple and inexpensive.
Getting Apple’s Photo Books made up is something I know Scott does after most trips away and something I’m going to be making a point of doing from now on too.
So what about you…what are you doing with all your photographs? Do you still like to have ‘hard copies’ and get prints framed, make photo books or are you happy to use all the digital alternatives?
There’s so many companies out there that offer these services nowadays…companies like Kaleidoscope [Link], Loxley Colour [Link], Photobox [Link], MPix [Link] to name but a few I’d be really interested to ‘hear’ what you tend do with your personal photos and how you choose to look at them.
As always please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the meantime,
>In case you missed it, for those of you who use Apple here’s a link to a video Scott Kelby put together showing how simple it is to design and order a photo book using your very own images [Link]
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