Documenting Life in Tangible Images
I love photographs. Photographs are virtually accessible to every single person despite one’s background, country of origin, and language spoken. Everyone can look at an image and it typically evokes a feeling. A photograph is a great way to communicate, to preserve our history, and photographs make wonderful family heirlooms. For the past several years, I have made a concerted effort and commitment to document our daily lives with my camera some of which I have shared here on the blog. Below, I have outlined my process for how I document the everyday.
Take Photographs: I keep my camera with me as often as possible to enable me the ability to photograph moments in time.
Download Images: Usually one to two times a week, I download the images from my camera’s memory card onto my computer. I keep an archiving and filing system of all of my digital photographs. I always back up my images and work in two to three places to ensure I do not lose my images and work.
Edit Images: After downloading my images, I go through every image and make copies in another folder of all of the images that I like. Then, with the selected images, in Photoshop, I make minor alterations with each image. Depending upon the number of photos, this is quite labor intensive. (I prefer Photoshop over Lightroom).
Print and Frame Images: After I am done editing a batch of images, I print the images that I want to keep in paper form to place in our photo albums. I like to have images that are tangible, which creates a record. (I keep all duplicate paper images filed by date.) For the images I really, really like, I have Giclée fine art archival prints made, which I then typically have professionally framed and preserved (museum quality) or give as gifts. I am also going to start experimenting with creating photo books as well.
Hang Images: Finally, I hang the framed images around our house to enjoy each day! Doug is very good at measuring and hanging images — Doug always helps me hang the images to ensure precision!
For the above process to work, I have to continually stay on top of my editing, which can take quite a bit of time depending upon the images and number of images. Sometimes, life gets in the way, and I just do the best I can to not fall too far behind. While documenting our everyday, I continue to simultaneously work on my long-term photography project — therefore, I am constantly working!
For those of you who like to document your everyday, I hope that this above process proves helpful!