It’s February 1st. Do you know where your photos are?

New Year’s resolutions are all well and good, but you have probably already slipped up some. (shhh. I won’t tell.Winking smile)  I have one that you can keep your promise on, right now!

It’s Sunday morning. And JANUARY 2015 is FINISHED. Let’s get organized!

  • MINIMUM EFFORTphonto2Find the cord to your phone and upload all the photos you took in January 2015 into a folder on your C drive called  2015-01-JAN (or something close). If you took photos with a real camera, grab those SD cards and upload all the photos you took into the same folder. (If you are feeling ambitious, make a folder that is 2014-ALL and get the rest of the photos off the phone now, too.) DO NOT DELETE or ERASE CARDS YET.
  • A BIT MORE EFFORT— Look at every photo you took in January 2015. Are there duplicates, or totally blurry or otherwise absolutely useless photos (like the photo of a recipe so you could go the store)? If so, delete them NOW from the folder.  Go ahead, be brutal. When you are done, grab a cup of coffee, and settle in to do some reading.  <—-Read this blog that I wrote a few years back about how I organize my photos.
  • More about HOW TO organize your photos

And then, read even more about it that I have written over the years.

I fear greatly that this generation coming up is not only going to be the most photographed, but also the generation with the fewest images accessible to them when they’re 64.

Technology is great! All those great movies and music on those eight-tracks cassette tapes  floppy disks CDs MP3s VHSs DVDs Blu-ray’s that we stream via the internet every day…

EXCEPT.

The year is 2060. Your grandson was downsized at work. He and his wife and his 13 year old twins are moving back across the country, following a job. They are staying in a friends basement while deciding if this is the right town for them.  While packing the most important things and putting the rest in storage, for a better time, he comes across a box full of antiquated media. A mish-mash of all the variety of storage devices he had seen in museums. Some has writing on the edges; cryptic information like “Daddy’s fishing boat photos”, but mostly they have nothing or simply dates. Although he smiles at the box; he recalls Grandma putting treasures into it when he was a child.

As he digs through the box, he sighs. There hasn’t been a player to watch some of this stuff in decades without having to go to a historical society. And while he recalls vaguely seeing old family photos, he wouldn’t have a clue where to start to locate them amidst  the dozens of disks in the box.  They have become Frisbees. He guesses he could probably go to a college, or contact a library to see if they have something that can still read these items.  But, does he have the time? He and his wife will be working more hours, trying to get back on their feet and the twins are insistent on getting back on sports teams when they move. The money and inclination to take random, unlabeled VHS or floppy disks or CD’ s or Blu-ray’s somewhere, pay to be told that they are hopelessly corrupted, or have the information transferred to the current media? His wife will go crazy if he spends more money that they don’t have having them transferred. Braces, the dentist said. Times two. And how disappointed will he be after spending all the time and effort to discover that the images rescued are of some people that must have been friends of friends of his great grandparents? This box heads to storage.

Discovering a dusty, even poorly maintained, horrible ‘magnetic’ photo album? A Buster Brown shoe box full of negatives and curling black and white photos of some dude who, wow, looks like his kids? Those actual printed photos? Shoeboxes full, even, will end up in the back of the minivan, because when he opened the lid, he saw a photo of his puppy from when he was seven. The box may end up on a shelf, half-heartedly sorted through on a random snow day far in the future.  But, one day, a child will ask about dad’s first pet, and he will be able to scrounge around, find the box, and spend hours laughing at the odd clothing and hysterical haircuts from the past.

Will it EVER get opened again? Will the rent stop arriving on the storage facility when the job doesn’t pan out? Because mortgages, electricity, gas, clothing for growing children, and a huge list of other bills will eventually be more important than THINGS they haven’t needed in months or years. Sold at auction, you can bet those disks are trash. phonto1

The same situation IS going to happen to your current storage devices, you know. It WILL. Forward progress. Whether the images mean something to YOU or not, when your kids are cleaning out your home after you die in 50 years, and they run across media they can not EASILY look at—will they take it home, tell their kids no vacation this year because the money is going toward seeing the treasures Grandma had on a (what turns out to be a corrupted) CD?

Have I scared you yet?

  • PRINT YOUR PHOTOS!  And by print, I DO mean have your photos PRINTED by a lab, photo paper, chemicals, the whole nine yards. Think you have a photo printer attached to your computer that does as well, as cheaply?  Photo inks are not stable enough. The inks are sprayed onto the top of the glossy paper.
  • Sign up to Shutterfly, Mpix, SmugMug, somewhere! and have some images printed. Not everything.  But some. The ones that are special, and sometimes the ones that are not. Photo books are great, too. If you have media that is readable still, look at it! Check to see that is is still usable, and send it to an online gallery for storage. Pass them around to far-flung family in a Valentines card.

This will not protect you from fire or flood, though. GIVE some family photos to other family members. Connection AND insurance. And have an online presence. Some online is better than other online. You do not want to only do this— if they go out of business (Kodak Gallery) you are out of luck. Free places tend to be more iffy; so…. Of course, you do then have the “braces this month or pay my yearly online fee” conundrum…. My thought is the cost of the year of storage is less than the cost of a half dozen rolls of film and developing.

  • ONLINE, UNLIMITED STORAGE, plus the ability to order PRINTS of all your images! This is where I have all my photos; my photo web-page rteest42.com is powered by Smugmug! If you sign up USING THIS LINK, there are DISCOUNTS involved! Galleries can be totally locked down so that no one or only those with the code can get into them. (when you go look at my site you will see a fraction of the galleries I have) ( Pricing and features of Smugmug)
  • Or go to Flickr. BUT MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE all the options to be private and right-click protected. The last thing you want is for your family photos to be accessible to just anyone. (Facebook notwithstanding, you really don’t want EVERYTHING out there…)
  • phontoNegatives. Just don’t throw them away, ok? Seriously, how much room do they take up? It’s hard to sort them, but look at the bright side, you are probably not making more! Take the envelopes, open and glance. Can you get a year based on the images? Date the outside, and put into a big old shoe box. If you don’t get around to doing anything ever with them, let your grandkids decide to trash them. Who knows, you may want to have something printed. Even if you trash the photos, the negatives are available. (My negatives from 1983 until 2004.)

Oh, right. I said don’t delete from the phone yet. So, having read all of the above, (coffee topped off?) have you a backup plan? Once you have burned a CD or DVD (properly labeled as to be retrievable), and uploaded to your fancy-pants new online photo storage, hit that delete button!  I was with someone the other day who I haven’t seen for a YEAR. She STILL had photos from the last time we got together on her phone. One minute of distraction and the phone is gone….

 

PS. THIS IS A DO AS I SAY, not as I do post, meant to motivate ME to finish as much as to get you to START!!

PPS Someone on Facebook posted this the other day…”I was cleaning out yet another part of the house and happened upon a folder I hadn’t seen since I moved away to college inside I found all these moments of my families past I wasn’t even aware of…” I doubt if she had run into a CD she would have even glanced at it; as it was when I ran across her thread, with photos, there was a healthy conversation happening about the photos from different family members.

The Week in Photos CY365 W/E 11/22/14

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CHRISTMAS PHOTO A DAY starts ON MONDAY! 

Happy Thanksgiving! Be safe, happy and warm! 

16. Home Cookin’
17. Comfort
18. The Final Stages
19. The number 4
20. Companions
21. Unpredictable
22. Dramatic Skies

10362844_10205812473855000_1445700831741306555_n17. Comfort
10473750_10205813264154757_7517643293509403509_n18. The Final Stages –of destruction by the cat.
10520828_10205801774467522_75896697480030384_n19. The number 4—and a half. Laylabug took off Baby Doll’s shoes so she could nap with her.
1235914_10205799757737105_3774528163776934156_n20. Companions The Prince and the Princess. (because everything is Prince and Princess)
10390345_10205825744226751_4315015534031860409_n21. Unpredictable—Only unpredictable if you don’t have a cat…
img_278022. Dramatic Skies—well, COLD skies. 17 degrees.

10689623_10205843494790504_7635847350081317369_nAnd because it’s Virginia, 24 hours later a high of 79 and sunny!

Photos of the Week: CY365, Week ending 9/27/14

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This week, we will just pretend the prompts don’t exist, ok? Because, really, maybe one photo works with them, IF you are flexible on definition.

However, I think there are a few nice photos, prompt-less though they may be!

21. Hold On
22. Goodbye Summer
23. Who?
24. The Number One
25. Morning Light
26. A Street View
27. A Friendly Face

10644213_10205406887515595_1324015191997222161_o  Ah, Neko…

10705208_10205371979642920_1604641507_n  My poor husband really had to beg, but look, I did some mending!

10621830_10205380050844695_2066926187_n  September morning, Autumn!
1476317_10205406923476494_2099424457017333270_n  Hmm, what kind of trouble can I get into and will anyone notice if I steal a straight pin?
10716274_10205401740146914_1563585667_n  A Where I Stand kind of photo (or, if you must have the whole truth, another “Oh, right. I have to take a photo today” photo.)
10704825_10205382725271554_1009426750_n My new handwork project. No. I have no idea what I will be doing with these honeycombs; I just wanted something to do in front of the TV.
10708089_10205410422203960_1107740421_n I bought Laylabug this mirror for her new room and until I get it to her, it’s leaning against the table in my studio. I was working on a quilt top this morning and liked the concept.

Photos of the Week, CY365 Week Ending 9/20/14

Late, but…It doesn’t seem that anyone missed it, either…. (Sniff Crying face ) These photos don’t necessarily fall chronologically on the prompt date…

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14. What A Mess
15. Changes

16. The Eyes Have It

17. A Circle
18. Between
19. Where I Stand
20. A Reflection

10653419_10205365411558722_7314034510909827729_n   14. What A Mess—I was a pile of blubbering teary-eyed joy at the wedding of Jamie and Claire Fraser!
IMG_125415. Changes—As the Scottish people were deciding to stay or go, I was working on framing an old Union Jack flag.  (The framing job turned out great, the vote? Eeh. It’s not my country, so…)
IMG_1198  16. The Eyes Have It- Bathtime!
10708246_10205320298350920_550853004_n  17. A Circle. Laylabug came out of the bathroom and handed me a cup, full of change. She told me she had found some gold doubloons!
10705193_10205314618368924_924442207_n  18. Between—the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. If I have willpower, THAT would be where I close the book and go to sleep.
10178098_10205355153182269_7456504484736460795_n  19. Where I Stand—My quilt is finished! (and standing on it’s own two feet!!??)
 1549333_10205358022534001_2804015477695121758_n  20. A Reflection—Do you see what I see? When you see me pulled over, hazard lights on, crouched on the side of the road with a camera, do you wonder what caught my eye?

Photos of the Week, W/E 9/6/14 CY365

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August 31. Negative Space

September 1. No. 2 Pencil
2. Back to Reality
3. An Assignment
4. Beginning
5. From Scratch
6. With Others

 

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31. Negative Space  Today’s prompt was Negative Space. While I shot a lot of images that would qualify, these two spoke to me. This first one I changed to ‘Negative’ so you can see the positive image on the muslin sheet that the photo is on. Follow this link to explain the largest pinhole camera image ever, The Great Picture.  Negative space is just a fancy way of saying the part of the image that isn’t the subject— the question today would be, is the building the negative space? Or were those fantastic clouds the negative space? These are both taken at Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

10656231_10205186482285602_695596681_n (1)2. Back to Reality Only HOW many days till Christmas??

1622258_10205223392208327_8661177827849244318_n4. Beginning of the end (of summer).  The colors of the leaves on this pecan tree are just starting to change….
10656584_10205234876015415_1922702498_n10656458_10205142761232603_1248148388_n3. An Assignment 5. From Scratch—Kind of sensing a theme here with the prompts….and my projects list! (which is GROWING, rather than getting smaller….I don’t quite understand)

10634208_10205189710086295_1414833275_n (2) Last week, the prompt Distinctive had a subtopic of The Pink Hour…. but I didn’t have a good pink twilight that day.  Look at this one!

Photos of the week, W/E 8/30/14 CY365

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Not a lot of terribly exciting images this week, but I hit most of the prompts!

24. Where I Stand
25. Tradition
26. Making Plans

27. Two of a Kind
28. A Backpack
29. Distinctive
30. A Different Perspective

10621818_10205112530076843_161518595_n24. Where I Stand  That must have been one party! This is what I woke up to the other morning.
10613925_10205090739052081_787776832_n25. Tradition  Monday mornings, our tradition is breakfast with a friend!
10656458_10205142761232603_1248148388_n10622373_10205082996378519_118497579_n26. Making Plans—My plan is for some sewing, Neko is waiting for his person so he can play!

10637776_10205093514081455_221965652_n29. Distinctive  Artist at work!
20140828-20140828-IMG_004230. A Different Perspective—I am standing outside the window, but as there is no inside to this wall, I look through it and see outside! Along with a bit of outside growing along the sill.

10603046_10205142764712690_1386052552_n My pincushion kind of horrified my husband.  He thought it a very painful looking thing, indeed. I told him it probably wasn’t comfortable for the person whose heart  might be represented, had it been a voodoo doll!  (but, it isn’t!)

Photos of the Day, Week Ending 8/23/14 #CY365

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17. Eye Level
18. Starts with “C”

19. Not Necessary
20. The Number 5
21. Serene
22. Green
23. Portraits

10609338_10205073123331699_325388582_n17. Eye Level

10643365_10205092360652620_858313804_n18. Starts with “C”  Cookie Monster Strikes Again…
10620895_10205067097941068_460439176_n19. Not Necessary
10351656_10205041152532449_2512062441637010275_n20. The Number 5
10615598_771858719524087_4404006739806595054_n21. Serene…. Dragonfly…

10637977_10205092185248235_1636272922_n22. Green
10490124_10205067055420005_1009608477_n23. Portraits