Guest Post – Using technology to capture and document family memories

Written by Lauren on. Posted in Miscellaneous

Family memories are precious. Kids grow up so fast and you won’t want to miss a minute of the special memories that you’ll build through fun family days out, vacations, festivals and sporting events.

Fortunately, you can capture all of those lovely memories through the use of technology. Here are some tips on how to manage your family’s memory collection.

Get the right camera

Having your camera with you is essential for building a photo collection for your family memories. You’ll want a camera that is portable and user-friendly without sacrificing performance or photo quality. While some people may be tempted to buy a clunky, finicky digital SLR, you can still get excellent pictures from a standard point and shoot model. These cameras are easy to use, can fit in your pocket, and provide numerous shooting modes so you don’t have to waste precious time working the controls. Plus, these cameras are a lot cheaper than SLRs.

Additionally, these cameras can also offer extra features that help with photo sharing and organising. They often come equipped with geo-tagging options, Wi-fi connectivity and the ability to sync with your social networking site. For example, the Canon PowerShot S110 comes equipped with all of these features and even has a touch screen for extra ease of use.

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To figure out which camera is right for you, spend some time browsing reviews online or visit a camera store where you can try the different models out for yourself. Regardless of the type of camera you choose, it is always best to invest in the camera that works well for your lifestyle and personal creativity.

Get the right computer

Along with the right camera, you’ll want a computer where you can upload your pictures and organise them with ease. You may wish to invest in a laptop, which offers greater portability and might be a good bet if you and your family travel often. That way, you’ll be able to upload your photos right from your family’s hotel room at Disney World. Toshiba laptops are known for being small yet reliable, but as with choosing a camera, you’ll want to take some time and decide exactly what you are going to need in a computer.

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Photo library software

To organise your photos, it can help to use a program like iPhoto (for mac) or Picassa. These programs will let you create photo albums, organise by date and location, and even allow you to order prints or photo books.

Back up often

After you’re finished uploading your pictures, make sure you back up your files to an external hard drive or upload them to an online file storage network. This way, if your computer crashes you won’t lose all of your family’s photos.

Family photographs are treasured memories that your children will look back on for years. Make sure you know how to preserve these digital heirlooms by using your technological tools.

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