First Step – pick your photos

Back in July my family and I travelled to Florida for vacation. We visited Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, and then we travelled to Fort Myers to complete our vacation. While on vacation, we took about 1400 pictures. Wow, right?! Anyway, I really like creating scrapbooks about our vacations. This gives me an opportunity to tell stories about what we did during that week that over time we may forget. When creating a scrapbook, not all of those photos should be used or would be used.

Many of my prior scrapbooks I would create pages around the photos I selected. As a result, I would see three or four photos that went together and create a scrapbook page. This time, I decided that I would be more organized; therefore, I needed to pick my photos first. Also, this is a good opportunity to make sure the best photos are used.

As I was reviewing my photos, I noticed that there were duplicate photos or photos that were not of good quality. In order to help me organize my pictures, I would create a new folder titled “Not Used” and move the ones I did not intended to use into that folder. Likewise, if there was a photo that was very poor quality, blurry, or random and I did not want it, I did not move it to the “Not Used” folder, I would delete it. Why keep something that will not be used and is not worth looking at. It just takes up hard drive space.

In addition to creating folders, this time I created an Excel spreadsheet to document the photo numbers (last four digits) and a very brief caption. This would help me organize my pages prior to actually creating them. Again, this is all new to me. I never took this approach before, but I figured it would be worth doing all of the leg work in advance. However, the photos that are not moved, I will rename so that all the photos that go together will be next to each other in the folder. I really don’t like hunting for photos by number.

Lastly, I realized that there were a few photos that needed to be edited. I felt that it would be easier to edit the photos now prior to actually starting the pages. Some of the edits are very basic. For instance, I would adjust the exposure, crop unwanted backgrounds to focus more on the subject of the picture, and remove read eye. I even tried my hand at removing an object from one of my photos because the background had two unwanted figures in it; by using the “cloning” tool in Photoshop I was able to remove them. Hoorah!

You know what this reminds me of, a recipe. In a recipe, it shows ingredients, prep time, cook time, and instructions how to prepare the recipe. I feel that creating scrapbooks are the same. We need to prep before we can create. As in many recipes, the prep time exceeds the cook time as it may in creating this scrapbook.