Photos Are For Looking At

Photo Sharing

Years ago the saying was “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Today, with the ease of sharing photos I’m not sure that saying holds true. Tech is making it so easy to take photos and share them. Almost every social network has some interface that will take you from click to share in just a few steps. The time from taking a photo to handing it off to grandma has gone from weeks (or months) to something more like 2 minutes.

I look back at photos from just 10 years ago and while I do have a few I took and had developed from my “real camera”, it was so much easier to use the digital photos. Only problem is that compared to today their resolution is so low. We’ve been conditioned to need a 14 megapixel photos, despite doing nothing more than sharing it on social network.

For the first years of BabyGirl’s life I made photobooks. One of my favorite ways to remember our experiences is to create a photobook. I spent hours saving, uploading, arranging, and adding text to these little books. I was already uploading the photos to print them out, may as well make a book. But those days seem long past.

In their place are hard drives filled with tens of thousands of photos. I have multiple photo libraries because I try to limit them to 25,000 items. You know, “just incase”. Many of which are random food shots, the sky, feet, and who knows what all else. Gone are the days of thinking twice about taking a photo and in its place we have twice as many photos. Heck, who am I kidding, for every one photo we used to snap on our film camera we have 50 we take on our phone or digital camera. And instead of being excited to develop the film when we heard it rewind, we … Well, I can’t speak for everyone but I know I don’t order prints any more as a routine.

Every once in awhile I upload a few photos and order prints. A few photos of my grandma and her brother and sister-in-law. A photo I just happened to snap of the orchestra conductor. But even those, while I want the prints, often seem like such a hassle.

Now, with my Samsung Galaxy S4 (which I received as part of the Verizon Insider program), I easily shoot videos that look better than my traditional video camera. Again, recording life but doing nothing with it. So what’s the point?

I don’t have many photos from my childhood. But those I have are so precious and important. BabyGirl will end up with few tangible photos, but have terabytes or maybe even petabytes or exabytes. Sounds great to have hundreds of thousands of photos, but we’re not archiving them. Even though many of the photo software programs we have add tags based on GPS data or facial recognition, we don’t do anything with the photos. We take them, share some, save all. It’s like we’re photo hoarders.

What should we really be doing with these photos?

  1. Share – sharing them with our social networks is great. But what about with people who aren’t on line?
  2. Delete – at the end of any given day we may have taken 20 or 30 photos. Most of which are not worth keeping for our lifetime. We really need to just delete the ones we know we won’t ever use or share and maybe come back to them periodically to cull them again.
  3. Organize – Saving digital photos in files by date is great. But the days and weeks run together. Even months and years tend to become a blur. If we only have a manageable collection to organize, it’s easy to change the default file name to something we’d actually search for if we went looking.
  4. Print – whether it’s taking an SD card (or Memory Stick) to the local store to print off a few photos, uploading them to a site that will print them for pick up at a store you’re going to, or creating something more elaborate like a photo book we really need to consider having a tangible way to enjoy the photos and share them with new friends.

I remember being a teen and sitting on the couch with my grandpa going through photo albums and listening to the stories behind the photos or learning about the people in them. As I’ve moved my grandmother from her home, I’ve had to consider what to do with her multitude of photo albums. As my grandmother ages, I miss out on the stories and history the photos hold. And while there are a number of photo albums, there really aren’t many photos that cover her 93 years. I have 2 photo albums that belonged to my mother. Together they may have 50 photos. It’s my only visual connection to her. And there is no one to tell me the stories. Still, I cherish them.

But I wonder how much my daughter is missing out on because looking at photos isn’t as easy as pulling out a photo album, snuggling together on the couch, and reliving this wonderful experience. Instead, there is no looking at old photos because it means booting up the external hard drive, finding the photos, waiting for them to load, and balancing a laptop.  And even if I can pull them up on the home network, it’s not the same looking at them on the TV.

“A picture’s worth likes and shares” just doesn’t have that same feel. We really need the thousand words.

Disclosure: As stated above, Verizon Wireless provided me with a Samsung Galaxy S4. This is not a sponsored post and no compensation was provided for this post. This post reflects my views and opinions and was not reviewed or edited by a third-party. I do, however, have a business relationship with Verizon Wireless and thus I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Sara

Free 8 x 10 Canvas Photo Print

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, grandmas and aunties and other special women in our lives will be on our gift list. But these are likely women who have everything and don’t need another scarf or body wash or fancy lotion. We know they want pictures of the kids. So why not give them something unique? I did one of these for my grandmother and she loves it!

CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 canvas print (just pay shipping, aprox. $15) OR $40 off any size canvas photo (free shipping on all sizes greater than 8 x 10.

They also have 2 other promotions if an 8×10 is too small for your needs.

11×14 Photo Canvas For $27 Shipped

– can not be combined with other offer, make sure your cart is empty and open in a new browser window if you’ve opened the other offers.

16×20 Photo Canvas For $37 Shipped

– can not be combined with other offer, make sure your cart is empty and open in a new browser window if you’ve opened the other offers.

To take advantage of these offers, click on the promotion that works best for you to be taken directly to their site. I’m sure you or your family member will love this.

 

 

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. Clicking on it will take you to CanvasPeople.com and if you buy something I’ll get a small commission. For which I will be grateful.

Sara

Start Your Holiday Shopping Today: Free 8 x 10 Canvas Photo

This is the back (you know how I am about showing photos of BaybGirl). Seriously, buy one!

No better way to get your holiday shopping started than with an excellent quality but very inexpensive gift for someone you love. I recently bought my grandmother one of these 8×10 canvas photos and she really liked it. Instead of it being the same ol’ kind of photo it’s something new and modern and really catches people’s eyes when they come in. Of course I did a photo of BabyGirl for her, she wouldn’t want one of me anyway. It’s all about her great-granddaughter.

These are high quality gallery-wrapped photos and grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends really do love them. No special frame is needed, there’s no glass to worry about breaking and the texture gives it such depth.

CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 or 40% off any size canvas photo as a special introductory deal! This coupon can be applied toward a larger size canvas, creative effects or beautiful frames!

So you want to buy one of these? OK, I’ll tell you how. Just click below and you’ll be taken to  the site.

I want to get a Canvas Photo

 

You’ll have to pay Shipping & Handling, which is about $18 for one.

For under $20 you can get a really nice gift for yourself or someone you love!

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. Clicking on it will take you to CanvasPeople.com and if you buy something I’ll get a small commission. For which I will be grateful.

Sara

Free 8 x 10 Canvas Photo

You know you’ve got 80 bazillion pictures of the kids and grandma keeps asking for one. This is your perfect opportunity to not only get her a great gift but to have it be something just a little unique. And for those of you who don’t want to give it to grandma, keep it for yourself! Even better, if you have a wedding shower or baby shower coming up you could do something a little more personalized. Then again, if you have a boss you hate you can make this like a dart board and hang it in your office. Possibly even charging people to throw some darts. Hey, just giving options here!

CanvasPeople.com is offering a free 8 x 10 or $50 off any size canvas photo as a special introductory deal! This coupon can be applied toward a larger size canvas, creative effects or beautiful frames! Remember 2 canvas photos are always better than 1 and with 50% off your second canvas and 50% off shipping there’s no reason to only get one.

So you want to buy one of these? OK, I’ll tell you how. Just click below and you’ll be taken to  the site.

I want to buy a Canvas Photo

 

You’ll have to pay Shipping & Handling, which is about $18 for one and an add’l $8 for the second one if you take advantage of the 50% off your second one promotion.

For under $20 you can get a really nice gift for yourself or someone you love!

 

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. Clicking on it will take you to CanvasPeople.com and if you buy something I’ll get a small commission. For which I will be grateful.

Sara

Blog Law: Photo Use and Etiquette

Rules for Online Photo Use

Most SEO experts suggest using at least one photo in every blog post. From an aesthetic perspective it’s a good idea, especially when the photo has something to do with the content. Photos and images are especially important for food blogs. And, of course, there is that “A picture is worth a thousand words” adage.

I always thought everyone knew that copying and pasting photos found on the internet was a definite no-no given that nearly every image created in the last 30 years is still protected by copyright, whether here in the US or from another country extending such rights. Boy was I wrong! When I spoke at Blissdom, one of the questions I asked of the audience was how many people have had a photo stolen. Nearly every hand in the room went up. WOW! We’re talking about fifty-some people (probably more). I went on to ask how many people have used Google Images to find photos. Quite a few hands went up.

Today I want to discuss using photos found online. I will not talk about using images from a brand’s website. The focus is on those images and photos found by searching the internet and coming up with page after page of images that may be suitable for your needs.

What is Copyright? Copyright is protection created by the US Constitution that give virtually every author the exclusive right to use or reproduce their work. This is a federal law and therefore uniform across all states. And, as the US Government has signed on to a variety of international copyright agreements protection is essentially world-wide.

US Copyright is a protection that applies to original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium. “Original” means that an author produced a work by his or her own intellectual effort instead of copying or modifying it from an existing work. “Fixed in a tangible medium” means that the work is able to be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated. Your blog is the necessary ‘tangible medium’. (17 USC 102)

Nearly every photo taken gives the author (the one who takes the photo) a protectable right to prevent others from using or reproducing that image. Of course there are exceptions, but generally, the photographer owns the copyright. This is actually very important to know should you ever hand your camera to someone else to take a photo. That’s a completely different discussion, but don’t get offended if you ask your photographer friend to use her camera and she says no.

How do I get a Copyright? Copyright is automatic upon creation of an original work of authorship. With regard to photography, with few exceptions, every image is accepted to be covered by copyright upon putting the photo onto a hard drive or similar device.

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Sara