Easy Photo Printing Helps You Share Family History

There are many ways to share family history. Some like to collect letters, or speak with older relatives and write down what they say. Others like to use audio recordings to create a bank of narratives of family stories. Still others simply like to collect photos and carefully place them in photo albums, with a short note or entry included.

All of these methods alone are great – they are attempts to preserve the past. But all of these methods alone still fall short of truly capturing a family’s history.

The best of all three worlds would be to have a written document, with audio recordings available, and photos included for easy browsing. Now, some might say that video accomplishes this task. However, who has time to sit through a video? Who really wants to? Videos are something like slideshows of the past. In a bygone era, people used to take photo slides of their vacations. Then, they’d invite friends and neighbors over to view their hours long presentation. Virtually no one enjoyed those sessions.

Video is much the same way. Even sites like YouTube feature videos that are extremely short – at the most three to five minutes. After that, you lose everyone’s interest.

So, if you can’t really show a video that’s much longer than five minutes and expect everyone to pay attention, how are you going to record the entire history of a family on video?

That’s why easy photo printing sites are so important when it comes to preserving memories. However, most of those only allow you to upload photos and write some text about the photos.

You can create a lovely story book or photo album complete with pictures and written words. You can have these printed, and delivered to family members who can review them in their free time, at a pace they are comfortable with. When you visit their homes, you can sit with them and – perhaps over a cup of coffee – you can look at your family’s history and reminisce to your hearts’ content.

That’s great … but you’re still only two-thirds of the way there. You still have to capture the audio.

There are very few sites that allow you to add audio to your photos. Search “easy photo sharing” or “easy photo printing” to find some.

Now, some people may not want to create audio stories. It can be difficult to get the recordings you need. However, saving some voices is better than saving none. Imagine hearing the voice of your grandfather again, telling one of your favorite stories that you remember from childhood, or perhaps giving you words of wisdom that may have been lost to memory.

Whether you decide to include audio in your family history or not, at least you know the resource is available. The most important thing is that you preserve family memories that are precious to you, and will be even more precious to your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Matt Smolsky develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Ball of Bokehliciousness
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Image by jonasbg
This photo is amazing as an iPhone background, and I’m willing to share some bokehliciousness today. Therefore you can download this photo as an iPhone background today from this link: Dropbox link

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History Of Easy Photo Printing

History of photo printing

It’s amazing that photo printing – something that used to involve a lot of time and effort – can now be referred to as “photo printing.” Just a few short years ago, getting a photo print meant going through a wide variety of steps, not the least of which involved buying film, taking it to the processor, getting back a bunch of prints you really didn’t want, etc.

In fact, it has gone beyond simple convenience. photo printing is partly responsible for a worldwide surge in creativity. People who never thought of themselves as creative are now taking digital pictures, uploading them to the web and then outputting their work with photo printing.

This is all thanks to the technological innovations in the digital age. Just a few years ago, we were all still fumbling with loading film in camera. (Ever load it backwards? Or forget to load it completely? Don’t be ashamed, most of us did both at one time or another.) No matter who you are or where you live, it’s hard to escape the digital photographic boom that’s happening online.

photo printing – not so easy in 1839

Think back to the very old days of photography – it began in 1839 and was isolated to people who understood how chemicals interacted. It took most of a day and a lot of preparation to get just a couple of photos – so much for photo printing.

The type of “photo printing” process they used in 1839 is still very similar to what is used today. It’s basically a five-step process that requires a darkroom, multiple trays filled with chemicals, some a bit dangerous, expensive equipment, and a lot of time.

Now there is a place for this type of photo printing – for people who really enjoy the process, artists who want to get a certain effect, hobbyists, etc. People still have film cameras, darkrooms, light sensitive paper, and lots of fun exploring this fascinating art form. It truly has its rewards. However, in this day and age, it is not photo printing.

Innovation brings photo printing to the masses

Photography started to really change in about 1900, with the introduction of simple cameras that were really just black boxes with a lens and film. The advent of these cameras was the first revolution in photo printing and photography – at last this highly expressive art form was open to the masses.

photo printing was within reach to anyone who could afford to buy the camera and process the film. Since the cameras only cost about $ 1 – a lot in those days but still affordable – many people who had never taken a picture before in their life were snapping pictures like crazy.

The next innovation in photo printing didn’t happen until the 1940s with the advent of the “land camera.” At first glance, this camera looked simple – but what it could do revolutionized the way we defined photo printing.

These land cameras could produce a picture on the spot. You simply took the picture and waited for the print to come out of the camera. When it did, you just had to let it sit for a minute or two, and voila, you had photo printing, right then and there!

There were drawbacks, however. The picture’s came in a small size, and if you touched the print too soon, it smudged. The camera was really just a way to get fast, photo printing into the marketplace.

Internet revolutionizes photo printing

Not much changed until the Internet boom of the 1990s, but even then, digital photography was just a few years behind Internet technology. But when the camera technology caught up, the combination of digital photography and the world wide web was unstoppable. In the early 2000s, more and more websites offering photo printing services cropped up.

Now, you can simply go online, upload your photos to a photo sharing website, and then have your photos printed and delivered directly to your door. And the quality is amazing – probably better than what a standard film processor could have ever offered in the old days.

Of course, since the technology folks are constantly looking for ways to innovate and make our lives easier, it’s a sure bet that even more methods for photo printing will appear in the near future.

Carey Paris develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray.com, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Ghastly Arches
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Image by Lenny K Photography
Not sure why I’m posting this photo but I guess I just wanted to demonstrate the effects of ‘compression’. For this photo taken at the South Bank Parklands Brisbane, I used an 85mm f/1.8 lens to squeeze the arches together much like how a photographer would stack layers of mountains together. This gives the photo more of a compressed feel as opposed to using a wide angle lens to stretch the perspective out.

After getting back home, I then threw the photo into Lightroom and processed it in black and white. I used abit of split toning to change the traditional monotone look by adding a slight blue tinge to the shadows and a rustic brown tone to the highlights.

Photo is shared under CC and is free to download, use and play around with as always 🙂

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Go Online For Photo Printing

While sharing photos electronically over the Internet is a great convenience and time saver, there’s nothing like holding an actual photo and reminiscing about the special moment. That’s why photo printing websites can be such a wonderful resource.

If you pick the right website, getting your prints will be as easy as snapping a picture with your digital camera.

The first thing to look for is a site that’s focused on your needs, and not simply trying to sell you more cups, party hats, t-shirts and other photo paraphernalia. That stuff has its place, but first and foremost you want to find a reliable photo printing provider, not a party planner. Hint: If the site is primarily focused on photo sharing, then they’re likely going to help you the most with photo printing.

Be careful, though, when choosing a web site that seems solely focused on photo sharing. Sometimes those types of websites are too technical and tend to fall short of quality photo prints. The last thing you want is a website that makes it too hard to print your photos online. The best websites are the ones which allow you to easily upload your photos, choose your pictures in a few clicks and order prints.

Secondly, look for a site that will deliver the prints directly to your door. There’s nothing easier than getting home from work, opening your mail and seeing the fruits of your photographic efforts in your hands. That’s photo printing. If you have to stop by a store to pick up prints, you’ll likely have to wait in line for your prints, and maybe even wait in line to pay! There’s really nothing easy about that.

Another thing to look for is an easy photo uploading process. Look for sites that give you the ability to upload entire folders of photos all at once. Then, photo printing is a simple matter – all you do is upload your photos from a party or vacation all at once, pick the ones you want to print, order, pay and wait for them to come in the mail.

Of course, a selection of print sizes is important for photo printing, but you don’t want too many choices. Unless you are a professional photographer, or aspire to become one, don’t get too caught up in trying to decide which print size is best. It’s more important that you get your photos printed.

Finally, keep an eye on price. While it’s important to pay a fair price for your photos, many providers lure you in with very inexpensive per print prices, only to increase the price on later orders. Also, the low per print price sometimes only applies to bulk orders of the same print.

The most important thing to look for is an photo printing service that understands how much you cherish your photos. After all, these are not just photos you are entrusting to them – these are your memories. And your memories are worth a lot.

Carey Paris develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Half-grown Barn Owls
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Image by OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons
Description/Notes: Photos were used in the 1908 "American Birds" book by William Lovell Finley. The photo is found opposite page 88.

Original Collection: MSS – William L. Finley Papers

Item Number: mss-finley

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