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10 for 2010 – Heritage Making New Year’s Resolutions – #3

January 6, 2010   

By: Brenda Kruse

3. BE IN MORE PICTURES; DON’T JUST BE BEHIND THE CAMERA.

Whether I bravely ask others to snap a pic of me WITH my kids or I figure out how to work the self-timer setting on my camera, I vow to be in more pictures this year. Looking back at my life as a Mom, I don’t want there to be just a handful of good pics. I know I haven’t seen very many photos of my mom or grandmas during their early parenting days — how sad! I want my kids to remember me, not just that I was the one who took them to the cool things, paid for it, and took pictures of them at it! I wasn’t just CAPTURING the memories, I was LIVING the memories in the moment too. So snap away but pass the camera around…don’t be shy!

Another aspect of this goal is to be better at taking shots of identifying details of places we go. Instead of simply taking the pretty scenic shots that every tourist takes, I want to also shoot the signs that explain and offer details. I want to pose us all in front of the pretty scene too so I have proof that I didn’t just buy a generic postcard but I really was there in person! Looking back at my pre-digital photos from an epic trip to Italy, for example, I’m disappointed to see so many more photos of places than people.

HM Project 365

January 6, 2010   

We’ve got a new goal here at Heritage Makers and we want you to join in all the fun. And the best part, all it takes is a camera and a computer. And… the reward at the end of the projects will be worth all the effort.

Here’s the scoop. We are starting our own Project 365. What is a project 365, you ask? It’s capturing the moments, the memories, the little events. It’s exactly what Peter Cary with Digital Photography School describes it to be. The idea is to take a picture ever day for 365 days… a whole year.

Peter says the goal is to “make photography an every day event, with hopes of improving the art.” But we’re going to change our goal to something a little more helpful for preserving, not just the image of the memory, but the entire picture.

So, here’s how to begin:

  • Start a blog with a free blog site such as Blogspot or WordPress.
  • Start Project 365 by taking at least one picture with you camera everyday. You can take pictures of your kids, your pets, nature, your home, anything.
  • Upload your photos to your computer and post one photo everyday on your blog.
  • Write a caption or story to go with it.

(See examples of Project 365 on Peter Cary’s article at Digital Photography School.)

Now, how does this help you in the long run? Sometimes making your heritage storybooks can be frustrating. Maybe you get to the end of the year and wish you had more pictures. Maybe you have some really good photos but you don’t remember the significance. Maybe you wish you had remembered to take that picture of your son falling asleep in his dinner.

As you continue with Project 365, you will develop a habit of preserving your memories that will make storybooking that much easier.

But, there’s another part to Project 365 that we want you to participate in. Send us your pictures and every week we will post the top photo for that week. Plus, we want to see your blog and how you are preserving memories. We’ll put your blog link on our blogroll. Send blogs and photos to sholman@heritagemakers.com or jringger@heritagemakers.com. Also on the blogroll, you’ll find links to home office staff blogs that are also participating in Project 365.

And don’t forget to share your photos on Twitter (use the hashtag #hm365 when posting), Facebook (post on the HM fan page), and flickr (join HM Project 365 group). You can take a look at our flickr photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/heritagemakers.

Now is the time to make a great new year’s resolution and preserve your memories everyday.