A lot has changed since I was young. Computers are in most homes, mobile phones are almost a necessity and YouTube is a career option. It’s a crazy world out there.
There are a lot of great things about the 21st century. In fact, without advances in technology I wouldn’t be blogging right now. But, there are a few things I’m not so keen on too.
Storing photos digitally is one example.
I don’t know about you, but I love capturing memories. I know there’s a big thing now about being in the moment, and I get that, but I also love capturing memories so I can look back on them in years to come when those memories aren’t as fresh as they once were.
Growing up we would take photos on family holidays, when we went for days out, birthdays, Christmas and other family occasions. Back then photos were taken using spool camera’s, digital cameras weren’t around until I was around 14/15. All of our photographs up until that point were sent off to the photo shop to be printed (pretty costly as well), we would then organise the photos into photo albums and the albums would be brought out every couple of months or so.
Things are so different now.
Not only do most people own a digital camera, but we all have cameras on our smartphones too. In one way this is great because it lets us capture memories when we’re out and about, and when in the past we might not have had out camera’s with us. But, in another way it’s not so great. Our images are digital, they’re taken digitally, they’re then usually stored digitally on our phones, computers or hard drives. Sadly, they don’t often make it to print now, and this is something that makes me a little sad.
I take a lot of photos, and I mean a lot. Last year I had to clear my phone’s memory at least three times, and each time there was around 6 thousand images on it. That’s not including the photos I took on my digital camera.
After I took the photos I stored them on my hard drive, but unlike in the past when I would get the photo albums out to look at them I never browse through the photos on my hard drive. I’m not sure why, it’s just not the same as having a photo album in your hands to look at.
For a long time I have been promising myself that I would sort through the photographs on my hard drive and put them into albums, but when you look and there are over 25 thousand images, suddenly that doesn’t seem like such a fun task any more. It’s something I will do at some point, but I have to work myself up to it.
Until then I have decided that going forward I will be making an effort to print off my favourite photos and adding them to a photo album or scrap book. I have a few exciting events next year and I know when I go on holiday I will take enough photos to fill a photo album so I will be creating small photo albums of special occasions, or perhaps buy a large photo album/scrapbook to document a year of memories. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to start capturing the memories and creating the album.
Another thing I love about photo albums is the fact they make great personalised gifts. I know a photo album full of family photos would be something my parents would love, and something I would love to receive as a gift too. I’m thinking of putting together a photo album for my mum of all of the grandchildren next year (hopefully she won’t see this!). I know it’s something she would love.
I would love to know if you still print out your photos and put them in photo albums, or if you prefer to store them digitally?