Ever since the digital camera hit the market, almost anyone can play the role of a photographer. All you need to do is click away and I bet you, out of those hundreds clicks you are bound to find a perfect picture. Then came the handphone with a camera function and that’s when every moment good or bad got captured. I am no exception to that.
Having a camera function in your handphone is no biggie. In fact if you are caught using a phone without a camera function, you’d be considered from the dinosaur age, outdated and old.
It’s a handy gadget because it allows for many unexpected and precious moments to be saved forever or up until you lose your phone or accidentally wreck it by dropping it too many times or spilling hot coffee on it. Kudos to those who diligently save their pictures or have a back up for each picture snapped, I wasn’t one of them but I am now. Learned from my past mistakes.
My youngest who just turned three keeps pointing at the pictures on my wall and keeps annoying her elder sisters by saying that it is her in all those pictures. When the sisters disagree with her she throws a tantrum. I don’t blame her because we stopped putting family photographs ever since the digital camera and handphone came into our possession.
We took tons of pictures but never once produced any of them. What you’d see on my walls are pictures that were taken using the old film camera. The only way to see what I captured with my old camera was by sending the film to a film developer and he then turned the negative into a positive and I got to see the pictures come to life.
A decade had passed and the pictures captured by my digital gadget stayed digital. They were all over the place. I had been meaning to print them so I could put a stop to my toddler’s tantrum and be freed from feeling guilty for not creating a baby book for her like I did with my firstborn. But firstborns are special, aren’t they?
It took me close to two months (with my busy schedule) to come up with 8″ X 11″ 40 pages hardcover photobook. I had to capture a decade in 40 pages and it was a challenge. But I did it and tada…..
Most of my older pictures were automatically resized when I saved them online and these were no good for my photobook project because it requires a certain size for the prints to turn out nice. But if you select a smaller box to display these pictures, you can still add them into your photobook.
I have made a promise to myself. No more waiting a decade for my next photobook project. I will be capturing it yearly and if I play it smart, I can purchase a photobook package during their sales. It’s usually is valid for six months. So no more tiny pictures in my photobook. With recently captured pictures I can be sure of its size and have whole book with lovely prints for my next book.
How do you do it?