Teach Yourself Some New Pic Tricks
Advances in digital technology are changing the way we live in so many ways it's easy to get intimidated by it all. That's why many people of a "certain technological age," shall we say, are missing out on so much innovative fun, especially when it comes to photographs. But it doesn't have to be this way: With an open mind and some patience you too can be dragged clicking and screaming into the modern era, and it won't hurt a bit.
Here are a few new variations on familiar themes:
- Creating a Family Website
Creating a family website is a great way to share photos online, but an easier alternative is an online photo service. At www.Snapfish.com you start by uploading your photos to the site. Once that's done you e-mail a link to friends and relatives that will allow them to access your personal album. Storing the photos is free, but if you don't make a purchase from the site every 12 months your pictures will be erased. Also check out www.Kodakgallery.com for similar services.
If you'd like to go beyond merely storing your photos, PhotoShow from www.Photoworks.com offers a multimedia photo montage (complete with background music, credits and headlines) that you can view on your television. This is a great option for special occasions and holiday memories. Prices vary.
If you're not ready to give up on the traditional photo album, the StoryTeller Photo Book from Epson lets you create a customized hard-cover album by dragging your digital photos into the pre-formatted page. There are a number of sizes, formats and styles to choose from and the package includes software, photo paper, a pre-bound book and glossy cover. Prices start at $19.95 at www.Epson.com or www.Target.com.
- Photo-Sharing Groups
On Yahoo groups (www.Yahoogroups.com) you can start a group, communicate by email and post photos of your club or team events, all for free.
- Digital Key Chains
Digital photo key chains are a great way to carry a virtual photo show in your pocketbook. Digital picture frames are also a great way to display multiple photos and an easy way to take a baby step into the digital marketplace. Sizes and costs vary, but go to www.Target.com to view a variety of styles and see how it works.
- Photo Board Books
And finally, imagine the look in your child's eyes when you present her with a customized, durable, photo board book. You can choose from a number of different storylines including her favorite things, bedtime stories, adoption, birth or holiday event. Go to www.Mycustomstory.com and choose your storyline. Then, answer the questions that will be used to customize your book. Email or snail mail your photos and you're all set. $24.95.