Many of us use photography as a sort of memory bank for the daily doings of our lives.
Digital photography has meant that many of us now have hundreds, possibly thousands of these photos stored on cameras or our computers.
Many of the photos are poor. Digital photography makes it easy to snap away until we get the photo we are happy with but how many of us then delete all the ones that aren't so good?
But what do you do with the photos next?
Do you print them out and put them in Family Albums ?
I'm afraid I don't any more.
Yet I know the pleasure that we get from flicking through old albums and looking back at our parents' photos.
When it comes to holiday photos we usually use them to make slide shows using Movie Maker.
I hasten to say these slide shows are for US to view, not to bore our friends with !!!
We have lots of photos and we put most of them in, along with some text to remind us where and when and try to fit the music to the country ( we usually buy special CDs ). They usually go for about 20 minutes and cover about a week of our holiday at a time.
Very often, on a Saturday, when we come home from buying our fruit and vegies at the market we settle down with a late breakfast and watch a couple of holidays. .... and I think it is because we do this, we remember them so well.
But this not all we do with those holiday snaps.
I have begun a tradition of making an album on the computer. You know the sort that you have printed up as a lovely glossy book. I've made two of these so far.
The first one I made when we holidayed in England for 14 weeks in 2008.
I used my daily holiday diary for the text, enjoying re-living the holiday as I went.
The second one is about our month in France in 2010 and is just about as long as the other book !!
I used a program called Momento - a free download and fairly simple to use - and the albums were around $200 each. Not cheap, but something to treasure and paid for in part by gift vouchers so even better.
I'm just starting on a third - about our holiday in England last year - and this time I'm trying another program called Blurb. It's another free download and much less expensive so we'll see how the end product compares with the others.
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Of course some people take photos for other reasons - photography is a great hobby.
Tony is one of these people and he enjoys experimenting with all sorts of effects, manipulating his photos with different camera settings and lenses. He is really becoming very good
So now I have a whole lot of photos that I have specially taken for this post.
Will I delete them... or just leave them sitting there?
What do you think?