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November 26, 2012


One can argue that they're not worthless as you got enjoyment from taking them...but I know what you mean.

I'm pushing myself to put photos up around the house, I've bought 20 frames in Ikea, have a few up already.

I'd also recommend sharing through local cafe/places that can exhibit them.
Nothing to lose and always could make a small bit of money from it.

Good reminder - one thing I always think about is how hard it will be for my kids to put together some photos from their childhood if something happened to me. I really need to do the export to jpg so they aren't looking at a mess of RAW files 10 years from now! I do an annual (personal) blog book that collects up all of my family images and posts for the year and send a copy to the kids' grandparents. A lot nicer to flip through than hauling out a computer...

Thanks for this timely advice. I've been thinking about this very subject for a while. Your post reminds me to put it into action. I like the annual retrospective idea, it almost sounds doable this time of year. I may not have the time to print myself, but could assemble the files for a photobook. For some family members, this would be a great Xmas gift too.

Thank you for this reminder. From my mother I inherited several boxes of family photos that stretch back to the late 1800s in England and Canada, but although they are in excellent condition, most of them are not labelled and I have to guess who has been photographed. Luckily my mother (1916-2011) was able to give me some information about the later photographs and informed speculation about the earlier ones.

For some time I have had on my "to do" list a project to scan, organize and print the best of these photos in a book, along with some family history, so that the next generation can see these pictures in a personal context.

My own photographs are another matter. Although most of them have been shot for my own enjoyment, there are a number of them that should be able to be easily accessed in the future. At the moment anyone else trying to sort the wheat from the chaff would simply throw up their hands in horror and toss out the lot! I started doing some serious sorting the day after reading your post.

Best wishes for a happy and fun-filled Christmas season to you and your family.


I like this advice too. Since I bought my first digital camera in 2003, I've been happily taking photos that haven't made it any further than my hard drive.

I now have a blog where I post images once a week and that forces me to shoot, process and display images almost simultaneously. It feels a lot better to have them already fully processed for appreciation by others and not languishing on the hard drive (http://www.photoed.co.uk).

I have also started sorting and processing the older, personal stuff. Am currently back to 2009. It's going to take me a while to get all the way back to 2003!

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