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Share your best memories this holiday season: You’ve taken some great digital images, now what?

 

Take some great holiday pictures this year, keep them safe and share them. Family photos taken during the Holiday Season can evoke some of the most precious memories of all. To insure your images will be there to treasure in the future, start with a quality brand freshly formatted card, download your camera card right away after taking images, back up your priceless digital pictures, and make prints. This way you can keep your pictures safe, truly enjoy them, and experience the amazing variety of options for creating gifts with your photos.

 

Treat your memory card like gold. Follow these guidelines to insure your card never fails:

  • Turn your camera off before inserting or removing the card.
  • Never remove it from the camera or turn the camera off while the {camera} is accessing your images.
  • Don’t force a card into the slot on your camera. Pay attention to the illustration on the camera door and insert your card in the correct direction.
  • When not in your camera, protect your card from dirt, static, moisture, and from being bent. If you bend your card and the case surrounding it snaps, it could ruin your card and your images. There are some great, safe, storage devices available.
  • Use only your camera to delete images or to format the card after you’ve downloaded the loaded images on to your computer.

 

Camera cards are not meant for permanent storage, so download them to your computer using a card reader. If you must use the camera to download, use the AC adapter or at the very least make certain the batteries are new or freshly charged. Do this after each photographic event. Back up your images to an archival CD next. Don’t “do it later.” Make a second copy of the CD and mail that to a family member or friend out of the area to store in a dark, dry place for you in case there is a natural disaster or a house fire.

 

The essential tried and true way to enjoy and share your images is to print them. Do that. Prints can be viewed for decades to come without worries of technology failing. Prints are cheap, they are the only method that has been around 100 years and they are not going to go out of date. At this point, you have a copy saved to your hard drive, backed up to reliable media, and you have prints. Good job.

 

By the way, FaceBook is for sharing with friends and family, not for long term storage. Even the new "larger" size images are too limiting for long term storage.

 

Now that you know your images are safe, share them and reap the benefits of digital pictures. Design one of a kind holiday gifts like calendars, coasters and metal art. Craft a keepsake box. Make personalized Christmas ornaments or wearables like t-shirts, scarves, necklaces, and cuff bracelets. Design your own sets of boxed greeting cards.

 

Images are a great ice-breaker with friends or family you haven’t seen for a while. Show, then tell. You can do that with printed images, photo books and photo albums. When I visit my dad, I make a small photo album of prints that illustrate some of the best of my daughter’s and my adventures since we last saw him, then share the stories of each. I’d rather he could share our adventures in person. But when that’s not possible, photos really are the next best thing. I’m surprised by how good it feels to see my images come alive as I work with them, how emotionally satisfying creating projects are.

 

Your pictures are your story. Don’t lose your family history or leave it trapped in a device. Get them into your life where you can enjoy them and share them.

 

----- This tip was written with the expert assistance of the staff at Bozeman’s F-11 Photographic

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