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Hello. My name is Shelley and I am a photoholic. I first started photographing when I was very young. It seemed harmless enough but the older I got the more it took over my life. Once upon a time, my addiction was curtailed by the cost of film, developing & printing. But since I got my first digital camera it has gone out of control. There’s no stopping me now!!2010 - Page 025

Does this sound like you?

The truth is, I do take way too many photos and there is a real danger of getting swamped by them. This is one of the reasons I love digital scrapbooking so much. Pages like this one, which has 46 (count them – 46!) photos are tailor made for me. Even I would get bored looking at 46 individual photos of pelicans, but to be able to showcase them all on one page is so much more interesting. Pages with multiple photos really say a lot  more about the place or event you are trying to capture.

I thought I’d share with you my “work flow”, or how I get photos from the camera to the StoryBook, without drowning in pixels.

  1. Go out, enjoy yourself & take lots of photos. Don’t let anyone tell you you are taking too many. How are you going to get the perfect shot if you don’t keep pressing that shutter button?
  2. As soon as possible (usually the same day) download all the photos from your camera directly into Memory Manager™.
  3. Quickly scroll through the images, deleting the obvious duplicates and duds (blurry, boring or just plain bad photos). To delete photos in Memory Manager, just hit the delete key on your keyboard. (If you change your mind, you can always undelete!). Be ruthless – remember, you took all those photos to make sure you got some good ones, not because you wanted to fill your hard drive in the shortest possible time.
  4. When you spot a really good shot, give it 5 stars.
  5. Label all the images. I usually select all images from an event at once, and give them fairly general names. If I want to add more detail to certain photos, that goes in the “Tell the Story” section. I choose labels that I can use for searching at a later date (eg Holiday in Melbourne or Jim & Amy’s Wedding).
  6. Put all the images into at least one folder. This does take a little time, but is so worthwhile when you are searching for particular images at a later date. For example, if I went with my family to a wedding, those photos would all go in the weddings folder, but also those with my children in them would also go into their individual folders.
  7. Begin to regret that you took so many photos – you’d be scrapbooking by now if you only had 20 photos to choose from.
  8. Scroll through the images again, making sure you have “5-starred” all the ones you want for your StoryBook.
  9. Click to show the 5-Star images only, & export them all to StoryBook Creator Plus. Now you’re ready to scrapbook, knowing you have some great photos, and wonderful memories to celebrate.
  10. Start the whole process again – go out with the intention of taking fewer photos – and the knowledge that is not going to happen!

NB If you have never used Memory Manager™, most of this will not make much sense!! Ask your consultant about the best photo organisation & editing program on the market, or check out the Creative Memories website. I don’t have space here to describe these techniques in detail.

Here are a few more of my multi-photo pages. (Don’t worry that I have neglected the journaling – it is usually on the opposite page:-)

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2 Responses to Confessions of a Photoholic

  1. Mary says:

    Boy can I relate…800+ photos a week at a football game…some home load to Memory Manager and sort by player! It used to drive me crazy when looking for more. Memory Manager saves me tons of time and yes Shelley..I too am a photoholic…just glad to know when the kids are grown I don’t have to give it up just find new subjects!

  2. Jenny says:

    Ah Shelley, a girl after my own heart. Your sorting tips are just perfect. Getting those photos off the camera and into Memory Manager makes finding them later so much easier. I’ve just come in from a drive and have 92 photos to now, sort, delete, name and create a page in Storybook.

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