Personal Reflections

How do you take your photos?

Did you see Simply Tiffany’s post today?

She talks about how in many ways scrapbooking has now gone digital and I have to agree, of course I also digiscrap more than paper scrap due to my space and time limitations.  Lately I haven’t even been able to scrap a lot and I’m sincerely trying to change that.  And I’m hoping I can still find someone to be a CT for to help me (okay force me) to get my scrapping done because of the agreement I have with the designer.

Tiffany goes on to say:

For me, scrapbooking was and will be about the story. But now I can publish a photo plus or minus story with a few keystrokes to Facebook, Instagram or the millions of other similar apps. Scrapbooking went digital, it went mobile, and I want to know if I’m alone:

  • Do you scrapbook your smartphone images?
  • Do you take more or less photos now?
  • Do you still carry your DSLR to places you’ll know you’ll take a lot of photos?
  • What’s your strategy for the digital revolution?
  • Have you seen Renee’s new iScrapit class? She says “mobile scrapbooking” is the next logical step. Do you agree?

This was my response:

“I do still take as many photos and I still have as much trouble getting all my photos and stories scrapped as I did with my regular camera.  I’m often able to share quicker on my phone camera with friends and family through Facebook updates. It is just not possible for me to carry my good camera around while chasing three kids.  My phone however can be tucked away and brought back out in a moments notice.  

“I use all the photos when I scrap, those from my good camera and my iPhone.  Quality is different between them and sometimes that makes me sad that I don’t have a picture with a higher megapixels so I can do more with it.  But it is the story that makes the impact, the picture just helps.  The only pictures I have of my first daughter are with an old 2.0 megapixel camera and I will never have any pictures of her that I can do more with them.  So I try to just remember getting the stories down and the memories is what is important.”

I have not yet taken a look at Renee’s class.  A part of me wants to, and I probably will later today, and I know that trying to fit in one more thing in the schedule (as well as the pocketbook) is a bit of stretch right now.  But I know I’m not the only one in that situation.

For me the purchase of my iPhone was not based on the ability of what photos I could take.  Given the fact we had given up our landlines to save some money and I needed a good voice quality phone that I could use (since my old Nokia couldn’t even check voicemail without it running out of battery power) and I wanted an iTouch for what I could do for me and the kids (we are homeschooling) it was actually the best investment money wise.

But now I am grateful that I almost have the ability in my pocket to grab a picture of a memory I want to keep.  Now don’t get me wrong, I miss my digital camera – a LOT!  My iPhone camera is not nearly as fast in capturing kids that are running around.  Often pictures have blurred parts of kids that I try to say is part of the charm.  I miss being able to have the crisper shots with my digital camera and often if I can I will run in and grab it and switch to taking photos with it instead.

The story behind it always will remain as the focus though for my pictures.  For every picture I have taken there is a story behind it and that is the story I need to get out in my scrapbooking.

Blessings, Rebecca

One thought on “How do you take your photos?

  1. I enjoyed reading your additional thoughts! You know, the blurry shots of my kids running around … I’m embracing it! I love the look of motion that it implies. And that things are busy and imperfect which is the honest to goodness truth. Don’t get me wrong, I miss my near-magazine quality, sharp-as-a-tack focus photos. But sometimes they looked staged and now they don’t.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts here and on the blog. You’ve really inspired me to stop making excuses and get back telling the story. Cheers!

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