This & That: Three Ways to Make Moments Last
July 9, 2018
this & that
Although these “this and that” posts seem to bring together things that seem disparate, this one is really all about communication and three ways to make moments last. Below are some tips to get digital photos off of your phone and in the process, create some meaningful gifts. The fireworks photos you’ll see make an ordinary fireworks display extraordinary because the blur lens I used while shooting on manual, helped me create some remarkably unique photos that enhance the memory I will keep of this July 4th. For the past five years, my snail mail group has given me the opportunity to get to know people from all around the globe. In fact, just this month someone visited me in New York City, all the way from Paris.
try this with digital photographs
If you are like me, sometimes your photographs might not see the light of day. They could still be on your camera, or on your cellphone. But the world (your family and friends) might want to see them. I have three suggestions to take your digital visual bits and turn them into tactile treasures. I discovered little Chatbooks while perusing Instagram. For as low as $10 you can easily create a 30-page-volume of memories in a little 6″ book. Not on instagram? You can pull your photographs from Facebook and your computer, too.
The internet is full of similar offerings, so I intend to try them all because I’m excited about photographs, thank you notes, and documenting family vacations. The possibilities are endless.
- Chatbooks, my favorite photograph book as of this moment, and what you will see profiled below. $10 a book, and a cute size to boot.
- If you want something a little more fancy, this classy hardcover linen photobook by ParaboPress, gives you 32 8×10 pages for $35.
- Artifact Uprising turns your digital photos into calendars and more. You may have received one of my thank you postcards. I love their quality 100% recycled paper. $29 for a booklet of 20. Discover their albums and calendars as well. And take a look at the gift I gave my 90 year old mother, photographs with a stand so she can easily change what she and her husband see each day!
Now, go out and create something personal and get those photographs off of your device!
my fireworks style
How many times have I seen the wonderful fireworks in our town? We make our way to a nice spot on the beach and ooh and aah about them all. This year, with a new 24-70 lens in hand, I wanted to try something a little bit different. These are unedited; I didn’t filter or change the color at all. This is what I saw when I changed the shutter speed. Seeing pink and orange in the sky makes me smile. It’s fun trying something different.
to friends around the world
I’ve been involved with the same snail mail group for years. Of the sixty participants, only six are from the US. Most are from Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Each month we have a new partner, a new prompt and we either send a letter or a package. Let’s just say customs really dislikes my packages. I tend to go a little overboard. It could be because I sent marigold seeds to New Zealand once. Or because I made a wreath adorned with holiday berries and some greenery. I’m reverting to only-letter rounds from now on. I predict if you want to get in a group, it’s there for you.
Or send a tiny package, just because, to a family member or friend.
90 % of the chatbook photographs were taken by my friend Janet Chin, using my iPhone. Most of the times I am using my Leica Q or a Canon 5D Mlll.
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