Simon has two questions about sharing his photos with family. Simon’s first question has to do with getting his photos ready to share. The second question is about where to share the photos.
I called on my friend, Randi Voss, to help me answer Simon’s question. Randi is a wedding photographer, mother and good friend. And, she has a good system for making sure the photos she takes with family are shared with family.
Our tips for getting photos ready to share with family:
1. Randi: Create a user preset in Lightroom that is applied on import. Simon shoots in RAW and knows his photos won’t look their best if the photos are not edited at all. By creating a preset, the little changes you commonly make are done right away. The time you would have spent adjusting a hundred photos can be used snuggling your baby instead.
2. Jenny: Lower your expectations. How good do the photos need to be for the people who you are sharing them with? Would it be better for your cousin to see a photo of his daughter with low contrast and bad white balance or not see the photo at all?
3. Randi: Schedule a photo sharing night. One night a month, go through your photos from the previous month and share them that night. It’s a regular event so the photos don’t pile up endlessly. And, family members know when to expect to see the photos. (I am going to try this. Can you hear my mom and sister rejoicing? They’re waiting on photos from last Christmas.)
The next part of Simon’s question was where to share the photos.
Free services like Dropbox or Shutterfly don’t cost you anything but the person you are sharing with usually has to sign up.
For sharing family photos, both Randi and I use paid services. You can send a link to a gallery you are sharing and the person who gets the link only needs to click on it. If you want it to be more private, you can make it password protected. Randi uses Smug Mug for sharing and backing up her photos..
I use Zenfolio to share my photos. Zenfolio generously offered Simon a Pro Account for the year – so he doesn’t have to wait until “things are more juicy.” Zenfolio has a new app – Photo Moments – to make sharing photos even easier.
The New Challenge: Record a Routine
Some things in our life happen so often, we hardly notice them. We also don’t realize that the routine will be different in a few weeks or months. Examples of routines you could photograph are: making breakfast, going to the library, reading books at night, and brushing teeth. The challenge for the next few weeks is to notice something that happens regularly and take a photo.
The advanced challenge is to do three photos of the routine. Take a environmental photo (a wider angle), a portrait and a detail shot of the same routine.
Share your photos in the comments by September 29 for a chance to win an e-book from Rocky Nook.
Last month when I talked to Kristen Kalp, she told us about the course she is working on. She mixes business with spirit and helps you get on with work that scares you.
Next week, I talk to Audrey Woulard about photographing tweens. They’re not kids, they’re not teenagers – they’re in between. And, they often disappear from the photo album for a few years. Audrey specializes in photographing this age group and tells us what she knows about getting great photographs of them.