Monday, April 13, 2009
Space Treat: Picture Perfect
Just like your paper, magazines, mail and e-mail, photos can easily contribute to that cluttered feeling. Whether you have boxes of 35mm prints stockpiled under your bed or digital photos monopolizing your camera and computer, it can be quite a challenge to differentiate between the gems and the junk. Overwhelmed by the mere thought of editing your photo collections? Here are 4 qualities you can use to ditch the duds.
1. Memorable Moment. Does it fully capture a specific moment in time that you want to remember forever? For example, your son's graduation from College or your daughter's graduation from Medical School.
2. Love it. You have to absolutely love the expression of the photo regardless of how anyone actually looks in it. Sometimes the best picture happens when you're not looking exactly picture perfect. For example, some photos from last Summer's Memorial Day BBQ pool party… maybe you're not exactly loving the bathing suit shot of you but everyone else is laughing so hard at a joke you were telling that you practically start laughing just looking at it.
3. Meaning. Does the photo evoke emotions? Is it reflective of a day that has particular meaning to you? Are the people in it particularly meaningful to you? For example, a photo of your kids in the park the day you all decided to adopt your dog from the shelter.
4. Reduce. Only keep 1 to 4 pictures representative of each particular experience. You know how this goes… you snap, snap, snap a dozen photos hoping to capture an event. They all seem relatively decent and worth keeping but be ruthless and whittle it down to 4 per experience maximum.
You may find using all 4 guidelines very challenging but in the end you'll have a photo library that's easier to enjoy and manage.