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MsTinaK Gemini
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The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    More people need to realize the importance of taking photo's! Not just for your children, but for generations to come. Photo's are history!

    A coworker tonight said "looking at your photo's makes me want to buy a camera" I was amazed because she just came back from 2 weeks vacation! How do you do that and not take any pictures? As I get older it's hard enough to remember things ... photo's can be SO helpful!

    But I know from experience how awesome it is to be able to look back 100 years and see what my great uncle looked like in WW1, or the WW2 Photo's of my father and his brothers. Their photo's as children! Those photo's also help bring about memories and dialogue to capture more of his history! They managed to have some photos even though they were dirt poor (and for a time lived on an island in the middle of the river!)

    I keep telling people ... get a camera! It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive at all. The most basic camera can give you decent pictures of your children, your parents, grandparents, great grandparents!

    As my mother turns 80 this year, I make sure I take pictures of everything and everyone, as each new grandchild is born, several in the family make sure that photo's are taken as she holds them.

    LOL Even this week, she's dogsitting for my nephew and his family, and I stopped by twice for 'playdates' to help out, but I also made sure I took pictures of her with the dog.
    Many people don't realize that until the age of about 5 or 6 children don't have consistent and complete memories. But if you have photo's they will at least have a 'memory' of sorts. She has 8 great-grandchildren, 6 are under the age of 5. So we'll make sure that ,while she may not live forever (though at the rate she's going she will outlive me!) her memories and the essence of who she was will be around for the next 100 years or more! How awesome is that!?

    Pictures can't always tell the whole story, but it can be a great starting point!

    Pictures are great conversation starters. For the young and for the elderly. If all else fails, ask an elderly person about their photo's and the stories they evoke. You may be amazed at what you learn.

    Photograph's are more then a flat piece of paper. It's history. It's genealogy. It's memories. It's joy!
    That flat piece of paper can evoke smiles, laughter, gasps, nostalgia, and wonder!

    People say to me, I wish I could take photos like that. I tell them they can! But of course they need a camera first :D

    I love that so many people here are getting so much use from the photo book credits. I'm amazed at what the members have assembled and if I can do half as good I'll be happy :) But its nice to see so many people sharing their lives through photo not just in the here and now but knowing that their children or other family members will have those keepsakes for many years to come and to pass along to subsequent generations.

    Sorry for going on and on but I just find it all so AWESOME when I think about it!

    Tina
23/8/2008 13:24:19

Meaghan Aries
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RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    Tina, you are too cute.
    And i couldnt agree more. I'm the one who always brings my camera everywhere and am snapping away. Sometimes my friends, and boyfriend, and family will get all annoyed at me, and are like "ok enough!" but later when I get them copy's of the pictures they are all excited.... I feel like yelling "I TOLD YOU SO"

    I will say just one thing. Also remember to put down your camera from time to time as well and enjoy the moment. You dont want all of your memories to be on a peice of printed paper either. I was just at a friends wedding and brought my good camera and equipment with me (about $5000 worth ) thinking I was going to get some GREAT shots of my friends wedding. It wasnt' untill after when I was looking through my photos and all of the ones other people took that i realized I wasnt "IN" any of the photos, except maybe in the background with a huge camera up to my face.... and I realized I didnt really take "in" much of the wedding either, didnt really enjoy it as completely as I could of.

    Of course i wont tell my friend that as she was so HAPPY when she saw my photos. But if I had put that camera down for 20 minutes here and there, I would have had both enjoyed myself and TALKED and laughed with the people there AND had my pictuers too.

    Just something else to think about.
23/8/2008 13:35:28

Linda
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RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    You are BOTH so correct. It IS important BUT make sure you don't miss out by trying to capture every moment & not live it too.

    After I have made photobooks of all my old digital snaps - going back a decade. My NEXT project is to try & get some of my old snaps scanned & uploaded to make more photobooks.
    THEN I want to start on the REALLY old black & white ones - of which I have HUNDREDS if not thousands in boxes here. Lots of them will need work on. I won't do them all - just the best & the ones that mean something. After I've done that I can pass the boxes on to a future generation - I couldn't throw them away & I don't get the boxes out very often. Somehow I think a photobook I might look at more often.

    OK that's my entire retirement sorted - will I have enough time? LOL
23/8/2008 14:12:48

MsTinaK Gemini
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RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    >Tina, you are too cute.

    Wow I haven't been referred to as 'cute' in about 40 years LOL Thanks!


    >I will say just one thing. Also remember to put down your camera from time to time as well and enjoy the moment. >Just something else to think about.

    Thank you!! I'd actually thought about that but...was locked into one mode apparently and never got to that important bit

    My nephew's wife is a professional photographer now and with 3 kids...often doesn't get a chance for a lot of photo's that include her. So at all our events I make sure I get some of those in there, plus one of her little ones enjoys taking some photo's of mom too and doesn't do a bad job of it!

    I hate when people get all weird about having their photo taken, mostly at family events. Youv'e heard the line "I hate having my picture taken" I tell them to get over themselves, we are family/friends and are used to how they look :D If that doesn't work I start in with the whole 'future generations' speech and they'll allow a photo if only to shut me up.

    And I'm ok with that!


    Tina
    PS and just between us - I love being behind the camera LOL
23/8/2008 14:56:39

MsTinaK Gemini
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RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply


    >
    >OK that's my entire retirement sorted
    >will I have enough time? LOL

    That all elusive time!! I've started on scanning my sons old pics (he's 25 now) for a book. My moms 80th is coming soon so I need to work on one for her. I just don't see where I'm going to get the time.

    I had scanned photo's years ago of old family photo's, particularly of the the 'kids' in the family and gave them each a CD. You have one copy of a photo, you can't divide them between all those kids! So this way they each get a copy to look at, while my son will be the keeper of the actual photo's. Now you can put them on DVD's, or in your own personal books LOL It boggles my little brain!

    I have a lot of ideas...not enough time!
23/8/2008 15:01:02

Charray
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RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    MsTina

23/8/2008 15:46:26

Linda
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RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply


    >OMG I got the cream of the crop. When I cleaned and scanned in all the negs.

    PLEASE, please, please could you point me in the right direction re negatives. I have LOADS!! Colour & Black & white - are they easier to reproduce good photos from than old photos. What kind of scanner - HELP! I wouldn't know where to start.
24/8/2008 0:03:32

MsTinaK Gemini
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    >Ok that was longer then I thought it would be, sorry. My point is that pictures can open up a connection between generations for a long time. My kids never got to meet their grandparents on their dads side, but they know what they look like, where they lived, what their house looked like EVERYTHING. and Im glad that I looked in the 'trash' that day....guess I was always one to take the leftovers

    oh no I'm glad you shared that. What an awesome story..even a moral to it!! Cheeky of them to want the negs back! Heck you did all the work they should have been on their knees thanking you for sharing with them at all!
    Awesome story!

    Tina
24/8/2008 1:39:25

MsTinaK Gemini
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RE:RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

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    >>OMG I got the cream of the crop. When I cleaned and scanned in all the negs.
    >
    >PLEASE, please, please could you point me in the right direction re negatives. I have LOADS!! Colour & Black & white - are they easier to reproduce good photos from than old photos. What kind of scanner - HELP! I wouldn't know where to start.

    oh good question, hope it gets answered!

    I have all our old home movies and have been having some of them converted as well, then I give everyone in the family a copy for Xmas presents. Some day I have to work on all the 'old' video I took of my son with my 8mm handycam while he was growing up. How odd to think they are OLD..and need converted to view!

    Suddenly my bones ache

    Tina
24/8/2008 1:41:31

Charray
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RE:RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    Linda~

    I just have an epson scanner that can scan negs as well as reg paper. It comes with this little tray that you put the picture in and hit the button. Its actually easy. The hard part is cleaning the neg from all the dirt and finger prints. To reproduce, it would depend on how good the negs are compared to the actual picture you have. I always shoot for the neg first, thats just a personal pref. but sometimes the neg had too many "issues" I call them. (neg bent/scratches/spilled something/do-do etc) But I LOVE negs of everything.

    I haven't looked at scanner for a while so I cant tell you what to buy, my scanner is about 6 or 7 years old. Ive been thinking about getting a new one, one day..

    I wish I could tell you I'ld look at them for you but since I live all the way in hawaii, that would be too far If you go on epsons web site they'll have TONS of neg scanners.

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    MsTinaK

    My cousin just found some 8mm from my grandmas stuff and took them to a local store to convert them to a dvd, then I took the dvd and made copies for everyone in the family. We surprised my gram with a movie night, with her as the star. It was sooo cool. Seeing what hawaii was like BEFORE all the buildings and stuff were put up.

    I dont know HOW they did it though, 8mm were before my time...sorry
24/8/2008 15:30:51

NT
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RE:RE:RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    Hi Charray and Tina,
    I have some of my daughter's picture taken during the C-section using the 35mm film camera and now I want to convert to digital. Would I get the good resolution if I scan it or should I capture the image of the picture using my digital camera?
    Thanks in advance,
    Ngoc
25/8/2008 10:27:09

Charray
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    I would vote to scan. neg is a first generation item. scan would be second. If you use picture (which would already be second gen) and take a pic of the pic, you would end up with a 3 gen item.

    Sorry does that make sence?
25/8/2008 12:06:46

Meaghan Aries
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RE:RE:RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    >I haven't looked at scanner for a while so I cant tell you what to buy, my scanner is about 6 or 7 years old. Ive been thinking about getting a new one, one day..


    I just bought a Canon one about 6 months ago that has a scanner tray in it. So it should still be on the market.
    This is the one I have... it scans 35mm Negatives and comes with the softwear to convert it over... http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2505986&Sku=C125-4400F%20CA

    Here's another... http://www.amazon.com/Canon-CanoScan-Negative-Scanner-2168B002/dp/B000V2QCQI

    Heres how it scans...


    I think this one is specifically for scanning negatives... http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Canon-CanoScan-FS-4000-US-film-scanner

    Hope that helps in SOME way.
    Megs
25/8/2008 12:21:03

NT
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RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    Thanks Charray and Meaghan,
    I have just realized that I do not have the negatives. I might have to go with the scan.
    Regards,
    Ngoc
25/8/2008 13:14:11

Charray
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    No prob
26/8/2008 20:06:15

Meaghan Aries
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RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    Well hopefully this post will help others who come across it
28/8/2008 9:22:19

Charray
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RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    hope so too, if now they will have a long READ for nothing....LoL
28/8/2008 18:16:29

Megan Ahles Cancer
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RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    did you say it or what? i have been a photographer for many years now and have always thought i ha dthe best job. ive watched children grow up. i know some kids better than their own families do. the bond between a child and photographer is important. its one reason a lot of my customers are repeats. there is no job like mine wher eyou capture families' memories for generations to come. i LOVE looking back at old pictures of my grandfather when he was a kid. he died when i was 5 so i dont remembe rmuch, but like you said, i have photos to look back on him. your post was so perfect. it said everything. i havent read any replies yet but i just wante dto say thank you for putting into words how i feel. :)
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    ~*~ Megan ~*~
28/8/2008 22:20:48

cllfdl
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    I take my cameras everywhere. I usually have at least two a simple point and shoot with optical zoom for those oh i have to take this pic quick and then my digital slr for professional pics. I just upgraded my point and shoot it has 18x optical zoom it is awesome, I am still trying to afford more lenses for the slr I have two but need the ones with the faster shutter speed. When I was growing up i was the last of 3 and I literally only had 6 pics my entire life except for school pics until I was 19! So I am alittle obsessed probably. I have 5 kids (25,25,22, 19 and 12) and two grandsons (6 and 2) and have no problem snapping 300 pics at the local pumpkin patch! one of the 25's and the 19 are mine through marriage and they were amazed at how many pics I take (though they love to get the prints) Everyone has just accepted the fact that when Faye shows up she has cameras!! I always tell people we dont know what tomorrow holds, LOL even my husbands 90 year old grandmother has accepted that when we go and visit I am going to take one or two pics. I want my children and grandchildren to see their heritage.


    >did you say it or what? i have been a photographer for many years now and have always thought i ha dthe best job. ive watched children grow up. i know some kids better than their own families do. the bond between a child and photographer is important. its one reason a lot of my customers are repeats. there is no job like mine wher eyou capture families' memories for generations to come. i LOVE looking back at old pictures of my grandfather when he was a kid. he died when i was 5 so i dont remembe rmuch, but like you said, i have photos to look back on him. your post was so perfect. it said everything. i havent read any replies yet but i just wante dto say thank you for putting into words how i feel. :)
5/9/2008 9:10:56

Charray
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    yup on this I think we all agree!
5/9/2008 15:34:09
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