Project Alicia : From the dusty 2009 archives...

Friday, May 20, 2011

From the dusty 2009 archives...

I downloaded 365 photos to flickr like a crazy until the wee hours of the morning.

Even though I have an album (the brainchild of Becky Higgins),
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I wanted to have a nice tidy digital home. A way to house all of my Project 365 daily photos from 2009- together. As I went through them I was reminded of my beginnings. A new camera. All kinds of excitement. And so many unknowns. I didn't know the first thing about composition or ISO. Let alone white balance.

And boy have things changed since those humble beginnings just a couple years ago. But I will always treasure and appreciate these first photos. I learned so much from them.

For all of you who have asked how it all started or if you have to shoot manually, you should check out my flickr page.

The majority of this project was taken in auto because I was not that knowledgeable with my camera back then. I made it extra difficult for myself making daily posts a requirement. I'm a little nuts that way. And I'm proud to say I never missed a day. With the exception of one or two, every photo was taken on that day as well. And I think I had 12 followers back then, almost all family. But the self-discipline is what made it challenging. And what stretched me creatively.

You can read more of my thoughts on manual vs auto in my 5 Photo Tips I shared during my 30 Days of Spring Challenge.

I noticed that with my daily project 365 as the months went on, my confidence and photography improved. My daily Project 365 was the start of the evolution of alicia ann photography, from that first day Jan 1, 2009... But the learning is part of the process. And I'm so excited to be on this journey. Photography is indeed a gift.

So, here from the archives of April and May, 2009 {Project 365} I give you some photos that have been resurrected from the dead. Photos that have been given new life for your viewing pleasure.

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It is so easy in today's digital world to snap infinite photos and then store them on a hard drive. I'm really working on not letting my photos get too dusty and neglected inside of this box. I recently made a shutterfly book of my family vacation to South Dakota last year. And it just came in the mail! So exciting. The kids have loved looking through the pages and reliving those memories.
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I made some simple mini albums from a template that I hope to make into a cool book at the end of the year. You can download the template over at Simple As That. I even sat and made a few 12x12 scrapbook pages of some recent happenings here. The important thing is to do something with them! Anything.

Because what would happen should your computer crash or heaven forbid there were a fire? Do you have them backed up on cds or dvds in a firesafe box? An external hard drive? Or a safe storage location online? I have recently been thinking about this. I am not as prepared as I should be, particularly with how much I value my photos.

So, I am going to get my behind in gear and get busy so I can have peace of mind.

What are you doing to ensure the safety of your photos? Feel free to share any tips or pointers. I'd love it.

10 comments:

  1. I have completely failed my project 365. And I'm still using good ol' AUTO on my camera... this shames me, but it's the truth. I do occasionally try my hand at different settings. I really should buy myself a camera for dummies book. =)

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  2. I just wanted to pass a long a little back up advice from my very nerdy and techy savvy husband :) He says that you should have at least two back ups of everything! One on an external hard drive and then one offsite, like an online back up service. We probably have more like four back ups but oh well! We use a free service called dropbox. It's amazing and totally changed my life. You can save anything into your dropbox folder and then access it from any other computers on your network or online. We pay for a backup service online called Carbonite. I am not sure why my husband picked that one, but like I said he is the tech savvy one so I just let him do his thing :) Good luck!

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  3. I remember these beginnings! It has been so much fun to watch you grow and see how your photography has just taken off! Your images are stunning! I love to see the way you capture life and your eye for composition is creative and refreshing. You have worked hard. . . I am encouraged by your progress! I have so enjoyed my time here and watching you grow!

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  4. This is always on my mind. For awhile I was using picasa web albums but it is full. I also try to hand out as many photos as I can to family so if anything does happen I can get copies from them. The blog is where I keep my favorites so if anything does happen I can print them and at least I have something. The fire thing did happen to my family. My mom was a photographer - professional (film)! She lost everything. All of our family photos, my wedding included, and all of her negatives for her clients. This was when digital was getting ready to get really popular. It is horrible. I wish I had pictures from my school days, highschool especially, but they are gone! It really is devastating!

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  5. That is always on my mind also I have been meaning to buy several hard drives(we have over 1000 images in one month) and give one to a different person in the family but haven't done it. My husbands side of the family have a Shutterfly share site so all of us can share and see pictures so we have that and now the ones on my blog but I have way to many photos. I have always told my hubby that I'm so thankfull our cameras are digital otherwise I would put him in bankruptcy :) My parents used to have a film camera but they hardly ever let me use it and when digital came it was to expensive to buy anything then I meet my husband and he bought me my first digital point and shot. It was the best thing EVER even thought it was only a 2megapixel camera.I was in heaven. Then came two more point and shot each time getting more compact and with more megapixels. The summer of 2009 we went to a wedding in Duluth, MN and we saw someone with a DSLR and they showed us what they were able to capture. I swear I hear "the angels" sing :) We came home and by the next month we had our first DSLR a Nikon D40. We have upgraded since then but I can see I have learned so much since then and have even been brave enough to photograph a few newborns, a couple maternity sessions, a family, an engagement, second shot a wedding and this November I will be doing my first real wedding. I think once you discover MANUAL mode it's hard to go back to any of the other settings. Both my husband and I have been shooting Manual for over a year and it's AWESOME. We just recently bought a macro lens and a 85mm so we are dyeing to go on a photography date so we can have some fun with our new toys ....I mean tools. Oh my can you tell I love to talk....Thank you for stopping by my blog I appreciate your comment.

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  6. Great photos and I enjoyed reading about your growth as a photographer. I recently discovered your website and you take some really wonderful photos.

    Putting your photos into a book is a great idea. I have been thinking of doing the same myself and I have just been trying to figure out how I want to organize it and what service to use to print it.

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  7. You have such great memories captured! Tomorrow, I'm going to bring my camera with me where ever I go to snap a few shots. (Because YOU inspired me to do it!)

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  8. I keep my photos on an external hard drive. But I'm so paranoid about losing my precious pictures of Cohen that I want a fireproof box to put the hard drive in. I know there are some online programs to save your pics. At least I have them scattered around on facebook, shutterfly, photobucket, etc.....

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  9. I love this willow tree next to the water. So pretty.

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  10. I actually have an external hard drive for all of my digital photos...
    need to get to working on the predigital ones! :)

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