Guest Post from DigiDaddy
Everybody has a lot of paper and digital photos. Whether it is scenery or portrait photos, individual or group photos, snapshots or a memento; each photo records our life experiences and feelings of those moments. It is unlikely that anyone would want to poorly stow these life photos, but most people just don’t know how to organize and save these treasured assets.
From chats with my colleagues, friends, and family; most people don’t know how to start, how to proceed, or what the goal is.
“Do I put them away after I organize them? What else can I do?”
After some time organizing and scanning, people often find that their work has a few problems. Some people will redo this task out of dissatisfaction; others will be discouraged and push it aside.
The bottom line is that from the beginning there was no plan. Most people kick off on a whim one day. They spend great amounts of time scanning their photo prints, trying to convert them all into digital files, and then they find the digitization process to be far from organized or shareable with other people. Neither can they figure out how this digitization may be considered finished if they continue on. People will pause for moment, reassure themselves it will be beneficial to take a break before a long journey of scanning. Quickly, they will divert to other tasks and the photo scanning will be left behind.
It’s a pity. Although these photos are precious; they are also very fragile. They fade over time, become insect ridden, be thrown into the rubbish truck with the other waste, or lost when moving. Even natural disasters like flooding could get to them. There are too many ways we can lose these precious photos. If we don’t take immediate action now, once these photos are damaged or disappear, there is not a single person or place in this world we can retrieve them, and no longer will we be able to retrieve the traces of our own life.
A lot of people think scanning old photos is enough to complete their life record; however, the photos we took on our digital cameras and our smart phones may be much larger in quantity than the photos we took from a traditional film camera. If you want to save your life records, you need to use the same method to continue preserving your life records.
In order to develop a good life record, first you must know how other people are doing this, then find a suitable way that works for you. Set out a schedule, then start executing. Using this method can help preserve your life records in the shortest time, and keep you in the best mood.
Your life will not stop once this record is finished. Your record is non-stop. The way that you build your record now is essential to continue adding to your life record in the future. Starting from now, so you will never permanently lose another period of your life again.
It might be trying at first, but once you finish a section, start to share these images with your friends and family, or recall these memories and begin to contact those old classmates you haven’t spoken to in years. There is no feeling that is greater.
We only live life once. How precious is a photo which faithfully records the traces of our lives along the way? Using my own experiences and a series of articles, I will suggest how to effectively record your life. I’ll share with you the tips for not only on how to organize your photographs properly, but also how to revive those old photos. You can reflect and look back on precious life moments, laugh out, and shed tears with your friends and family near or far.
This guest post was originally written in Chinese by DigiDaddy and localized into English by Plustek Connect digitization expert team with the author’s permission.