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

    >I take my cameras everywhere.

    If ya wanna see me freak out, see me when I left my camera at work yesterday. ARGH!! Apparently I took it out of my bag to get my phone charger out at work and moved the camera bag to the chair. Stopped at the park where my hawk hangs out and reached in and ...NO BAG!! Even though I was going to be back there in 12 hours...I couldn't wait. I HAD to have my camera and drove the half hour back to work LOL They were shocked that I could forget my camera ... they are used to be forgetting other things ... so they are a little weirded out that I'd forget something that's as attached to me as my limbs - or so it seems.
    My nieces post pics of the kids monthly and they shoot in a month what I shoot in one 2 hour visit LOL Some times I'm shocked at how much I take. But it's just automatic.

    I was in the city for a festival along the river with a friend and she was talking away, but would suddenly stop. I told her to keep going, I could listen, respond and take pictures all at once. Besides I wanted to be able to turn to her and get some natural unposed photo's of her. I knew I was good to go as long as she kept talking. Cause she is a TALKER!

6/9/2008 12:38:24

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

    This is just about my favorite post.

    I get the "enough with the photos response" also, but.. at least when they're old and long forgot about that day, they can see the photos.

    Any advice on how to approach taking photos with new friends? If I don't know the person very well, I feel awkward taking photos. Same with relatives I don't know well.


    I also agree with the "put down the camera and live/enjoy the moment some too." Taking photos is great, but if you don't get to interact with who you're taking photos of, that's not good either. Perhaps set the camera on a tripod with a timer or remote during family gatherings, then take some close-up photos later in the day?

    For scanning, I scanned at between 150-300 DPI of some old photos. I don't want the files so large that digital storage becomes a pain. There are scanning services where you send a box of photos and they do it all for you. I haven't tried those yet-- kind of nervous about mailing old photos without a copy. I've scanned at least a thousand or more old photos so far-- it's fun to be able to e-mail them to friends/family, put them in photobooks, and more.
4/1/2009 6:04:59

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

    I have a story that I think this group will understand/emphathize with...I am the photographer within my group of friends. So, I too have 1000's of photos and very few of me. My 88 year old neighbor calls our vacation photos, The Story of John. (my husband) OK, we are in Italy, climbing above the vineyards above the CT area, we come across another couple who mime for us to take their photo (two, I always take two with someone else's camera). the couple mimes that they will take ours- My husband says, "OH, no, that's ok- we have plenty". I nearly fainted. I think I was in three photos for that three week trip!

    I did sent some photos in to Scanapix, recently. they had an intro offer of 100 photos for $10. After getting those back, I jumped in with 900+ to a local company. I did not know that this service was available until after I tried the Scanapix and started researching more thoroughly. So,I am waiting for those to come back.

    I have made 21 books so far, I think. I tell everyone that I will have plenty of memories when I am old at the nursing home. If I lose my memory, then I will have stories to read with pictures!
18/4/2009 18:58:22

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

    >I have a story that I think this group will understand/emphathize with...I am the photographer within my group of friends. So, I too have 1000's of photos and very few of me. My 88 year old neighbor calls our vacation photos, The Story of John. (my husband)

    LOL now THAT's funny! Probably because I totally get it too!

    OK, we are in Italy, climbing above the vineyards above the CT area, we come across another couple who mime for us to take their photo (two, I always take two with someone else's camera). the couple mimes that they will take ours- My husband says, "OH, no, that's ok- we have plenty". I nearly fainted. I think I was in three photos for that three week trip!

    Ain't that like a husband!


    >I have made 21 books so far, I think. I tell everyone that I will have plenty of memories when I am old at the nursing home. If I lose my memory, then I will have stories to read with pictures!

    I love the books too, though I don't have that many! Actually I only have one of my own the rest are always given. I've been working on a series of books for one of my grand-nephews. the first one was Bryson makes an Apple Pie ..next is Bryson goes to Lunch (with his Aunts) and I still need to do Bryson visits the fire station...which may eventually turn into a fundraising book for our station.

    Some of the guys at the station love the books and are asking for personalized books for their kids. I take all the photos for our fire company so I always have plenty of their pics to use. My biggest problem is now AC has added SO many options, it takes me forever to put even a simple book together. I'm awful at making all those decisions!

    I made a book for the fire museum and it's in thier archives now...so it'll be around 'forever' :D I feel....immortalized now!

    I take my camera with me ALWAYS. I'm amazed at the things I run across. I recently won a photo contest with the PA Fish & Boat Commission that will be in thier next magazine. Of course the photos were produced by ArtsCow. I'm willing to wait the two weeks it takes for the quality they provide. And it encourages me to take even more photos LOL People are telling me they forget what I look like without a camera in front of my face.

    But everyone close to me has come to really appreciate that I do take so many photos. I keep a photo album for the fire company, so really it's about capturing their history too. (and lets face it the guys LOVE getting copies of their photos of them at work/training LOL) My nieces and nephews love for me to come to all events because their own kids are keeping them so busy they may not get to take a lot of photos.

    So I have few photos of myself it's true. But we get one here and there, but I don't really like having MY photo taken - so it's ok with me! And they will remember that I took all those photos too.
18/4/2009 22:37:35

MsTinaK Gemini
TotalPost:225
RE:RE:The importance of taking pictures! (a long ramble) Reply

    >This is just about my favorite post.
    >
    >I get the "enough with the photos response" also, but.. at least when they're old and long forgot about that day, they can see the photos.
    >
    >Any advice on how to approach taking photos with new friends? If I don't know the person very well, I feel awkward taking photos. Same with relatives I don't know well.


    I missed this post!
    First I let everyone know that I take photos - usually someone that knows me nearby will interrupt and say a lot about my photos. Usually once they find out how easily they can get copies, or see them so quickly online they are cool with it. But if anyone is reticent I make sure that I don't do anything to make them uncomfortable (no surprise shots, or trying to take one when they are distracted) But I do try to then get them in a group shot with others...explaining the importance and all that. Show them photos of other friends...or offer to take one of them in their fav outfit, or at a special event. Take them with you when you are out just taking random photos. Heck they might get the photography bug too :)

    Simply I'd share my passion with them.
    OH I also delete something right then and there in their presence if they really really don't like it. That helps them realize they have some control over it.
18/4/2009 22:44:19

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

    myphoto-- I saw your question about what do you tell new people--

    I take the photos at all parties-- First of all, I tell the new guest that "I only get invited because I take pictures so I HAVE to take it"...I say this with a straight face and some believe me. Anyway, I get the shot.

    Second point, which is as important- I tell EVERYONE that they can review the photo and I will delete if they do not like it. I have one gal who insists on 6 or 8 "candid" shots every time I point a camera at her--"my hair looks messy in that shot", "it looks like I have a double chin", (she does), "I look fat", (she does), "my smile isn't that good"... and the list goes on. The other party goers see her and figure, "hell I am not that vain!".
19/4/2009 5:58:10

myphotos
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    Don't take a digital photo of a film photo-- the resolution is poor. Scan the negative, or have the photo scanned. If you don't have the negatives, at least scan the film photo print.
20/4/2009 10:30:00

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

    Thanks for the replies about how to take photos of new people.
    It's usually people I've just met, that we don't have any friends in common with. Should I just be like "hey, what a great view we have.. mind if we take a group pic?" (of the one other person and I). It seems like it would be easier at a party-- take a photo of yourself and someone you know, then proceed around the room.

    "I only get invited to take photos.." Ha, nice excuse. I'll have to try it sometime.

    I know what you mean about people being overdramatic about photos. I don't understand the people who cover their face when a camera is around, or who say "omg, my chin/face/self/etc. looks bad." Ok, the camera sees what's there. If the photo shows that you have a double chin, chances are, you do, but who cares, the photo still can be nice. Photos are like historical records. Nobody looks at 50-100 year old photos and says "wow, he/she really had bad hair and unfashionable clothes." People take a photo of you... because they want a photo of you (and presumably care about you/the event/the people around). There are plenty of photos that I look bad in, but... I looked bad that day too, and it doesn't matter since it's history.

    I've got relatives who don't like their photos taken too. When someone suggests we take a group photo, they moan.
    It's kind of awkward to do this too. Sometimes I just do it sly with a phone with them. I don't always want posed photos.
20/4/2009 10:39:07

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

    Another party trick= Try to stay above the targeted person (especially anyone over 40)---they will look up at you and ahem--their neck and chin are stretched forward and they look thinner!!! I usually do head shots--but if I see a group of people laughing then I try to get several photos of that, too.

    I made a book for a family moving to Germany. Most likey, they will never be back in the States so the photos from the going away party were pretty important. I did lots of party scenes but the Mom's favorite shots were the ones of her youngest daughter laughing with her mouth open wih a bunch of her friends. The daughter is shy and rarely says, "Boo." The daughter will hate the photos but they will always be some of the Mom's favorites!
21/4/2009 6:50:42

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

    Tina I agree with your sentiments exactly. I am the one behind the camera and I too sometimes forget to enjoy the event as I am too absorbed in getting that great shot.

    But what is so important beyond all that is- printing your pictures. The reason we can enjoy our old black and white pics from generations ago is because printing them was the only way we got to see the pic. But with digital photography it worries me that so many people take the pics but never have them printed off.

    A failure on your hard drive if you havent backed up can mean the loss of those precious pics.
    If we dont get our digital images printed there will be no hard copies to put in the shoebox for future generations.
27/4/2009 19:21:33

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

    That's why I try to order more and more prints.

    I have digital photos that are unopenable, have errors, or invalid JPEG markers (can't open, or have areas blacked out). These photos aren't THAT old. I back up them multiple times, but regardless-- they can and do get errors.

    There are so many reasons to at least get some prints of your favorites. On top of that, it's less maintaining-- after you're old, would your kids/grandkids have your old hard drives (if they work), and know how to back them up often enough? You can't just hand them a hard drive and that's that, like you could with prints. (Of course, digital backups are important too-- paper prints can get damaged or lost).
28/4/2009 4:02:09

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

    >Tina I agree with your sentiments exactly. I am the one behind the camera and I too sometimes forget to enjoy the event as I am too absorbed in getting that great shot.
    >
    >But what is so important beyond all that is- printing your pictures. The reason we can enjoy our old black and white pics from generations ago is because printing them was the only way we got to see the pic. But with digital photography it worries me that so many people take the pics but never have them printed off.


    YES!!! Thank ayou for bringing up this important aspect. It also makes me laugh because it took me a long time to explain to my mother that going digital didn't mean she couldn't have a 'real' photo to hold in her hands. Thankfully, places like Artscow makes it easy to get so many photos printed, to go along with the ease of taking so many photos at one time.

    I keep a real/physical photo album for the fire department I am a member of. I also give members copies of their best shots, and online I share all my photos with other depts, so they know the photos exist and can get copies. If I come across something I feel is special, I'll matte it and make a gift of it. Because I too realize that this is still whats needed so that 50 or 100 years from now there is that physical record. I love creating little story books for the kids, full of pictures I've taken. I make 'trading cards' for the fire dept to give out to the local kids...immortalizing our fire fighters for many years to come, hopefully!

    It's funny to think that Artscow isn't merely a business, but an important service providing reasonable prices for each of us to not just preserve, but to share our history as told in photos. Artscow, and other places like it, are playing a vital roll in all our histories! :D I couldn't get nearly so much printed if I didn't utilize AC. I work for a non-profit organization - which translates to mean I don't make much money :D So the deals here are appreciated. The fire company I'm involved with with very small AND just lost all their borough funding in Dec, so they aren't in a position to pay out money for this stuff, so I can do it as a donation. Hey I look good, the fire company gets photos, AC makes money.

    It's a beautiful thing *grin*

    Thanks for the reminder about the importance of getting some photos printed out!

30/4/2009 13:22:27

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

    I'm right there with you (all of you!). I could ramble, too, but I'll go straight to the point. Though I haven't done it yet, I'm preparing to take all of my paper photos to a scanning service and pay to have someone else do it! They can do it in days for a whole range of prices and options. Just google 'scan to digital' and explore the vast new world of services available; it's amazing! There's got to be an option for every type of person and budget. (That's the only reason I haven't done it yet! I can't settle on what to try first!) For the price of a scanner and the hundreds of hours it takes to scan it yourself, you could have it done professionally in one week! Negatives, slides, and everything else are fair game, too. Some will ship a box to you for a flat fee, and all you do is fill it up and send it. Some have lots of preparation rules, some do not. Give it a look, you may be surprised, and if it works, you'll be making photo books sooner than you thought instead of wasting time scanning!
5/6/2009 11:18:02

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

    I feel sorry for people who have lost their baby (or other "special" photos) to computer crashes, file errors, etc. because they didn't get prints. (Similarly, I feel sorry for people who have lost their print photos in floods and that sort of thing). Digital is both lasting and fragile. Once you make a print, it's there. It can sit in the closet in a box for decades, unmaintained, and you don't have to upload it, back it up, save it as another type of file, or any of that.

    I have some relatives who print on their standard home printers on "photo paper." SICK.
    While it's better than nothing, I guess, it's invariably grainy, lacks the true resolution of "real" prints, is relatively flemsy paper, and does not have the professional coating (either gloss or matte) that "real" prints do. There's a reason why professional stores have crazy huge, pricey machines-- they get the job done, right.
    For the fridge, home printing is fine. Even maybe for short-term projects or scrapbooks. But, for archival, high resolution prints, there's really only one choice. Look for coupons and get your favorites printed.
5/6/2009 17:02:24

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

    This is a fun thread. :)

    I'm the 'keeper of the camera' around here. I swear people must think its attached to my eye with as many pictures as I take. I have always loved capturing life through the lens though. Even as a small child, I was fascinated with photos whether looking at them or taking them. I was raised by my grandmother and she felt very different about photos. She said it made her sad to look back on the past and therefore she didn't often take pictures. I have a ton of pictures of me at 3 years old but that's really about all of my childhood pictures and those were all taken around the same time by my aunt. My kids on the other hand, have thousands of pictures of them and they are only 3 and 7.

    I was reading the advice regarding putting down the camera and enjoying the moment. I find that I enjoy the moment more if I am capturing it with my camera. I can't explain it exactly but if I don't have my camera with me then I always feel like I am missing out and it ruins the experience. What I do though is when we are at an event or something I take a bunch of pictures right away making sure to get snapshots of everyone there. Then I turn off the camera and spend some time hanging out. If something looks 'photo worthy' I quickly turn the camera back on and snap away. I guess its the best of both worlds though I never actually put the camera away. :)

    We recently got a DSLR. Since then my husband has became very interested in photography and we take turns with the camera. Its nice because now there are plenty of pictures of ME. :)
30/8/2009 3:39:27

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

    VERY interesting thread. I take my camera everywhere too! And if I'm going to a social function I always notice I am the ONLY one with a camera. Everyone knows I won't go anywhere without it and take advantage of that and let ME take ALL the pictures. I don't really mind but it's true you end up with great pictures of an event and it doesn't even look like you even attended it~!! LOL (hense, no pictures of me)

    I love digi scrapbooking because it lets you be creative and make photo books so personal. I love creating scrapbooking embellishments, word art etc. Come take a lookie ...

    http://www.artscow.com/Gallery/User.aspx?UserId=420503
23/7/2010 11:19:51

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

    Hi:
    What a great thead! I have a story about my MIL who hated having her picture taken. She was a beautiful woman who my photographer thought was my sister at my wedding. Yet, she turned her head anytime a camera came in her direction.

    Sadly, she had a very aggressive form of cancer and we lost her at the age of 60. Two week's before her death she was hugging my children and I grabbed the camera. I was waiting for her to hide her face and she turned to the camera (bald and skinny as can be) and gave me the most beautiful smile! I asked her "why, are you finally letting me take your picture?" and she said "because it's the only one my grandchildren will ever have". My kids never saw her alive again! Please encourage those who do not want their pictures taken to allow an occasionally shot. Not everyone knows when their life journey will end. That one picture could become priceless! In our case, it is!

    Michelle
12/3/2011 0:01:15

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

    >Hi:
    >What a great thead! I have a story about my MIL who hated having her picture taken. She was a beautiful woman who my photographer thought was my sister at my wedding. Yet, she turned her head anytime a camera came in her direction.
    >
    >Sadly, she had a very aggressive form of cancer and we lost her at the age of 60. Two week's before her death she was hugging my children and I grabbed the camera. I was waiting for her to hide her face and she turned to the camera (bald and skinny as can be) and gave me the most beautiful smile! I asked her "why, are you finally letting me take your picture?" and she said "because it's the only one my grandchildren will ever have". My kids never saw her alive again! Please encourage those who do not want their pictures taken to allow an occasionally shot. Not everyone knows when their life journey will end. That one picture could become priceless! In our case, it is!
    >
    >Michelle

    I thought I would add my 2 cents to this thread. Digital pictures are great. Takes as many as your finger allows, you never know what is all in the picture until you see it on a pc screen or on print. Just because you take a 100 pictures does not mean you have to print them all (unlike film), just the ones that you like the best. Something that needs to be said is that its very easy to lose digital picture. If you dont back up your pics, you may lose them. I back up my pics to another hard drive plus also to a Dvd. Do this on a regular basis and you should not lose them.
12/3/2011 8:56:15

myphotos
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    Don't forget to backup your photos.

    DVD and CD digital photo backups don't last forever, and can be scrathed/etc.

    Digital photos themselves can be corrupted-- photo files (JPEGS) don't always copy over correctly, leaving you with an unopenable JPEG photo and the error "invaid JPEG marker."

    Backup your print photos by scanning them digitally.
    Backup your digital photos by printing them out professionally.

    And, I'll never understand the people who don't want their photo ever taken. Do they not think we can see what they look like in person? If they're sitting there in front of us, and we want their picture, clearly we enjoy their company and value their friendship, thus wanting their photos. They could be hideous and it not matter-- we still invited them to hang out with us. Why avoid photos? Sad.
19/4/2012 10:49:05

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

    Photos last forever. Printing them would be a good option, I agree. But wouldn't it be costly to print all of them if you have a huge collection?
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8/6/2012 21:38:32
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