Photos in the Digital Age

cell phone pictureThe digital age has revolutionized the way we take photographs. Before the invention of digital cameras and camera phones, using film cameras and taking the film in to be developed was a common occurrence. Not only that, but we were more judicial about the photos we were taking. However, now that we can instantly see the photos we take, we are quick to delete and retake photos over and over again. Before you know it, you’re taking hundreds of pictures without even thinking about the process.

While there is an inherent benefit in taking multiple photos to get the best pose, when was the last time you had those photos printed out? If you think about it, everything is stored on your computer or online on social media websites. And even though you’re able to save all these photos, there are two problems with this photo overload: 1) there is no guarantee that digital photos will be around forever due to computer crash or misplacement, and 2) we’ve become so comfortable with the idea of taking hundreds of photos that we no longer take the time to go through and enjoy past memories the photos impart.

When we upload photos from a digital camera, we upload hundreds, even thousands, of photos at a time. When was the last time you sat down and organized these photos? Most of the time we group them in batches and say we’ll go back later, yet that rarely happens. Plus, by not organizing them right away, we often forget where we place them or what the photos are even of. Plus, while technology has made storing digital files much easier, those files may get lost if the computer is damaged, lost, or crashes after years of use.

classic cameraAnd while we upload our best photos to social media, when was the last time you went through and looked at what was actually posted? Going through and enjoying the photos can bring back memories of those great times. No longer are photos for ourselves to enjoy, but there for us to brag and show others what we’re doing. Social media is just an easier way to shove our vacation photos down our friends throats like we used to do with slideshows at home. While that may be fun, our photos should be for ourselves – posting them to social media isn’t doing them justice, but there are a few things that can be done to reverse this trend and bring photos back to their glory days.

Print What You Put on Social Media

When you post your vacation photos to social media, take the time to print off your favorite photos from that group – it may be one, it may be all of them, but having hard copies of these in a book will allow for a better appreciation of the memories. Plus, chances are if you’re sharing photos with others, these are the photos you want to have and see in the future. This is a simple way of forcing yourself to have some printed photos on hand and your future self will thank you.

Stop at Photo Booths

Whether you’re out and about at a party, on the boardwalk, or at the mall, take a few minutes and stop by a photo booth to take some fun, candid shots. The instant gratification of an instant printout makes for a spontaneous and memorable moment with your friends and loved ones. We’ve seen some people develop a whole book dedicated to just photo booth pictures. And if you make this a regular occurrence, you’ll be amazed at how you and those you take the photo booth photos with change over the years. So the next time you see a wedding photo booth, hope on in and get started on your collection.

Delete, Delete, Delete!

While we’re arguing digital photos are hindering our ability to enjoy photos, we do believe that keeping bad photos – either ones with our eyes closed, out of focus photos, or just dumb photos – is a waste of space and time. It is shocking to see how many photos people hang onto because they don’t want to commit to the deletion process. We take so many photos, yet we don’t want to get rid of any of them, especially the bad ones. Take the time, even right after a photo is taken, to delete the ones that you don’t like. It will save you storage space on your computer and will make filing the photos that much easier.

Doing these few simple steps can help bring photos back to what they were meant to be. While having the ability to save all your photos on your computer is a huge benefit, having a photograph in your hand or framed, hanging on the wall really gives meaning to that photo. It is amazing the difference a simple photo album can do when telling the story of your life. That’s why we offer a photo booth scrapbook to our clients – so they can keep the precious memories of their special day for the rest of their lives.