Thursday, April 29, 2010

Why do you take photos?

This was an interesting article from another blog...
Read and decide where you are in photo saving, sharing, and preserving.  If you need help with any of these things please contact me so we can get will never regret it.   You'll only regret the photos you loose to time, technology, and disorganization.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Online Photo Storage---They are your Photo's But....

This information was shared with me by Cathi Nelson, Connecticut Personal Photo Organizer
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They're Your Pictures, But 
By DEBORAH YAO | Associated Press
March 29, 2009
A recent e-mail from Eastman Kodak Co. didn't lead to a Kodak moment for Vanessa Daniele. It made her angry.

On May 16, the company's Kodak Gallery online photo service will delete her picture albums unless she spends at least $4.99 by then and every year thereafter on prints and other products.

That's the new rule for people whose photos take up less than 2 gigabytes of space on Kodak's servers - enough for around 2,000 1-megabyte photos. People over that limit must spend at least $19.99 a year. And customers who signed up under the old rules won't be given a pass.

"I don't ever think it's a good idea to change terms of service on customers after they've signed up, and demand a new storage fee or threaten deletion of photos," said Daniele, 26, who lives in Chicago. "That action doesn't value the customer or attract new ones."
Kodak Gallery, once known as Ofoto, said it wants to focus on its best customers, not folks who merely want to take advantage of free picture storage. And its new rules are hardly unusual in the online photo business.

But the company's decision to change its policies illustrates the risks people face as they increasingly rely on privately run services to handle their digital memories and communications. These services often state in the fine print that they can change the rules at any time, and users have little recourse when they do.

Many online photo services offer free storage of images as a way to lure customers who might buy prints or things like mugs with pictures imprinted on them. One such site, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Snapfish, offers unlimited storage to users who make an annual purchase of any amount.

These sites typically store users' original, high-resolution files on their servers, and display only lower-resolution versions that are fine for Web viewing but might not be clear enough for good prints. So users who fail to keep copies of their original picture files might have no way to get them back from a website without paying extra for the service.

Kodak, for instance, charges $9.95 to send users 50 of their photos back on a CD, or $39.95 for up to 1,000 photos. Every additional 1,000 images costs $14.95.

Daniele's situation is complicated because the albums she organized and stored at Kodak Gallery are made up of pictures taken by friends and family and uploaded to the site by them. She doesn't have copies stored elsewhere. Now those images would be deleted even if she makes purchases above the site's new minimum but her friends and family don't.

That means she'll have to upgrade to a $24.99-a-year premium account to download high-resolution versions of the images, or spend $19.95 plus shipping if she wants to have Kodak give her the 200 pictures on a CD, so she can upload them to another photo site.

Kodak is essentially saying that "even though you own this stuff, unless you pay us you're going to lose your access to it. That hardly seems fair," said Steve Jones, a communications professor specializing in new media at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Kodak said it has required an annual purchase for the past five years without setting a minimum amount. The new policy, adopted in March and announced in recent e-mail notices, sets a minimum.

Other photo sites, including Google Inc.'s Picasa, Fotki Inc., Yahoo Inc.'s Flickr, News Corp.'s Photobucket and Adobe Systems Inc.'s, still offer free services that let people share photos with others, although there are storage limits.

Even more generous options are available at Shutterfly Inc., which offers free, unlimited photo storage, and on social-networking sites such as Facebook, which doesn't have a limit.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nick Kelsh explains F-Stop....yes a setting on your camera!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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The Importance of Telling Family Stories

Note from Lisa: I found this story to be interesting. I hope you do as well no matter what your family make-up is we all have stories to tell and pictures to share!

The Importance of Telling Family Stories

Published October 30, 2006 by:
With the scattered and fragmented state of the modern family, things have been both lost and gained. While we've gained and expanded idea of what family actually is and, for many families, a less gender-biased family life, we may have also lost connections with extended members and our unique family "lore." With divorces and remarriage, our family stories can become even more scattered and we may have a hard time explaining our family "culture" or the way our family is unique and special to younger generations.

Just because times have changed, we don't have to give up on our family stories. In fact, it may be more important than ever to keep extended family and friends vibrant and a part of our daily lives through the stories we tell. Here are some suggestions for keeping storytelling integral in maintaining strong families.

It can be hard with divorceand separation to feel comfortable telling stories from "before" - especially if a separation has been painful or less than amicable. For children, and even for ourselves, it can be important to keep these stories alive and part of family discussions. Parents may just have to swallow this discomfort and participate in the story about the time the (then intact) family dropped the Christmas tree down the hill or when Aunt Sue (from your former in-laws) came for the extended visit.

Things can become lopsided when parts of the stories are left out or big chunks of family lore just become "off limits". Kids pick up on that and may feel that parts and pieces of themselves which may have come from those times or are similar to other relatives are also undesirable. One of the most positive aspects of telling family stories is that we include the good, the bad and the ugly - the entire whole of a family's history can be represented to paint a complete picture of how the family has changed, morphed and adapted over the generations. 

While not every topic belongs at the dinner table and judgment should be used in telling age-appropriate versions of our stories, we also shouldn't just tell of the good and happy times. Remember the stories our own grandparents and great-grandparents told of wars and depression and other painful and shaping events. They have become integrated into how we think of ourselves in the big scheme of things and have helped shaped our own identities.

When family members have joined the family by marriage or adoption, it is important to make room and incorporate their own stories and heritage into the family lore. If there is always discussion of how each of the grandchildren were born, but never how little Janey came to the family via adoption from China- then the family is not including and representing all its members.

A family is not a static entity, and neither should be the stories and relationships within it. As a static, vibrant, living orb of connection, family stories should reflect change and life's realities and be allowed to develop and grow organically to reflect a changing family. Stories are important - whether we tell them in our annual newsletters, in person or over the phone. Connecting to one another through our family lore is as important now as it has ever been.

Telling family stories through photos and photo albums can bring both joy and heartache but that is the true reflection of life.  I hope each one of you with families be it traditional, blended, or fragmented continue to tell your families stories so that no child has gaps in their heritage.  We are who we are through the experiences God brings us through.  May God bless you through your family stories!  


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Snapshot Stories

This story was too good not to share with my readers!  Hope you find it as useful as I did!