You shoot photos, right? You've got a digital camera and you snap away, recording family gatherings, your back yard in beautiful light, vacations, your pets and much more.
That's good. It's a healthy, creative hobby that keeps us all interested in lots of ways. I do it, and it certainly keeps me interested.
But here's my question: What do you do with the photos once you've made them?
I'm genuinely curious about your answer. I have friends who are over the map with this. I have a friend who shoots and then stores the memory cards in a desk drawer. I have friends who view their photos only on their computer screens. And I have friends who make random 6 x 8-inch prints, either at their local drugstore or on their home printer, and keep them in shoeboxes.
All of that is good, if that is what suits them. But this question occurred to me this morning as I was going through my prints.
Here is what I do: After a couple of hard edits, I save my photos on my computer, just like a lot of people do. But using my computer, Photoshop and a desktop printer, I also make 8 x 10-inch photos of a select few images, the very best ones.
I've been doing this for quite awhile now. The result is that I've accumulated four large three-ring binders filled with these prints, which are stored in plastic display sleeves, two per sleeve.
What I did this morning was this: I went through those binders all to make sure the photos were in proper order. I also got rid of duplicates, of which there more than I would have thought.
I keep them in more-or-less chronological order, with the earliest ones being from slides that I've copied. Some of these are pretty old, and the copier I have isn't as sharp as I would like for it to be. But it does OK, so I've got stuff that I shot years ago on Kodachrome.
The selection goes from there to images made with one of those early
twisty Nikon Coolpix cameras through a succession of DSLRs and, lately, also a pocket-size point-and-shoot that creates really nice images.
The lesson I took away from today's exercise was that dang, I've spent a lot of money on ink and paper. I mean, there are hundreds of these things. That's the good part. There is no bad part, because for me, this is an ideal way to review shots of flowers, pets, family gatherings, vacations, car shows and much more.
Plus it's fun and it keeps me off the streets. See? Everyone benefits!
So I ask again, how do you store and view your photos? I'm curious. Am I the only one who is this crazy?