Cliff's Corner: Things to Know
memories of good times and special occasions, all of which happen only
With a little effort, you can make your photo collection
one to be proud of and you will be greatly rewarded as your collection grows. For
50+ years, photography has given me
a lot of pleasure. It's
fun, with the
added benefit of preserving
the very special moments of my life.
For tips and techniques, see
Cliff's Photography Tips.
1) If you have a
camera, read the user guide front to back to learn about its features. To go a little further, buy
about basic digital photography to learn about composition, lighting and other
2) Don't just point and shoot, think about each
shot to make it count.
3) Use photo editing software
to enhance, resize and organize your photos.
4) Consider photo albums. This may seem
'old school' to you, but it really is a great
way to pass on a visual history of your family
to your children. Also consider that computers
and smart devices have storage limitations and risk of loss. Plus,
albums can be passed down for many generations.
Back Up Your Photos
Back up frequently so you don't lose
your entire photo collection.
Back up PCs, smart
phones or tablets to a portable media (DVD, USB flash drive or external
HDD) so you have another copy. A friend
of mine lost
five years worth of digital photos when his
system crashed, every photo
All it takes is theft, failed computer disk or failed
storage on your device. Don't let this happen to you.
Do an internet search to learn how to back up
the devices you use. It will take less than an
hour to do ... and it's well worth your
Preserve Your Memories
You can preserve old family photos, slides, 8mm movies, VHS videos by converting them to DVDs.
An internet search will turn up stores in your area
that perform this service. For example, check out
Center. Prices start at $20. I had many hours of old
slides and 8mm/VHS
movies converted to DVDs for viewing on a TV or
computer, then gave a set to
each of my sons. This is a priceless
The Next Level
Photography can be such fun when you take it to the next level. You'd
need to start with a real camera that will produce results way beyond a
smartphone. Then with camera in hand, you can search out unique
opportunities to get that beautiful or unusual shot beyond just a
typical point and shoot result. Vacations become more than just
sightseeing when you add photography to the mix. To get an idea of what
you can do, check out the tips and techniques at
Cliff's Photography Tips.
A Little Humor
This 'Pearls Before Swine' comic strip sums it up
for the casual photographer!