Every once in a while I’ll get an email asking me why I never post a picture of AD. Well here ya’ go. He’s the one in the center with the sour look on his face.
The past few days I have been in Tuna celebrating Aunt Jean’s birthday and hanging out with AD’s people.
While I was there I took about 800 pictures. I love living in the age of digital photography and having the freedom to take as many pictures as I want.
About 500 of the pictures I took were actually pictures of pictures. The other 300 were of Sean being cute and irresistible.
Like most people, my mother-in-law has boxes of old photographs that I would love to have, so I went through the box and took digital pictures of the pictures I wanted. I know that sounds lame but it works – it’s cheap and easy and far less laborious than using a scanner, which I don’t have.
If you want to try this, here are some key things to keep in mind to get better results.
– Find some good light, bright but indirect sunlight is best.
– Turn off the flash to avoid a big white spot – you may need a tripod if your light isn’t great.
– Stand directly above the photograph when taking the picture to avoid skewing the perspective.
– Use a piece of white foamcore board (any craft store) and a few straight pins to anchor a photo that is curling on the edges.
– Keep a list of picture notes which correlate to the .jpg number. For example, number 2 on the list would relate to 002.jpg and you might have a note that says who is in the picture, when and where it was taken and anything that was written on the back.
Here’s another picture of AD that was taken that same day. The unexplained white gloved hand on the left and the inconsolable baby makes for a weird composition, so weird it makes me laugh. I have entitled this picture “It’s Too Level” — a story about AD that I will share with you maybe tomorrow. Feel free to leave your own funny caption in comments.
Here’s a more recent picture of AD.
Back to spring break and editing photos!