Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Print the Pictures!

Okay, I am about to admit to something really bad.  It's not very smart.  It's a terrible habit.  I tell people to do this ALL THE TIME and I am a horrible example of it myself.

I rarely print my photographs.  There, I said it.  And the first step on the road to recovery, as we all know, is admitting you have a problem.  And it is a problem, there's no doubt about that.  I mean why are we taking pictures in the first place?  To look at them right?  How are we supposed to do that when they are hidden away in some file on our hard drives?  It is so easy in the age of digital photography to take a million pictures, upload them, edit 5% of them, post them on Facebook, and never see them again.  Sad.

So, rule number one is this: print the pictures.  Not all of them, but a lot of them.  Pick some favorites and give them wall space.  And please don't feel like you have to keep them on the wall forever.  That makes it too hard to make a decision.  Be willing to change out the pictures on your walls on a regular basis.  Have you seen those cool frames that allow you to just slide your pictures in and out whenever you want a change?  You don't even have to take them off the wall.  Just sayin...


Another great way to enjoy your printed pictures is to create photo books.  They are so cheap and easy to make these days.  Some people like to put each vacation or major event in its own book. Others like to condense each year into it's own volume. Books are a great way to get a lot of pictures printed in a small space.


There are so many ideas out there for creative ways to print your photos.  Pinterest is a fountain of knowledge on the subject.  All of the online printers have there own products as well.  What really matters is that you do it.  Remember the days when you had to print every picture you ever took if you wanted to see them at all?  Isn't it fun to look back at the photo albums and through the shoe boxes full of 3x5 and 4x6 prints?  Let's get back to those days a little bit.  Make sure your family can have the same experience.  I'll do better too!






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