Before everyone started using digital cameras, the process of developing and printing the photographs you’d taken was one which cost time money and convenience, and required the use of outside experts such as photo labs or high street chemists. Sometimes, turning the pictures you’d taken into actual photographs required posting your film away and waiting patiently for it to arrive back several days if not weeks later. Digital pictures, on the other hand, are a different matter entirely. Not only can you take as many shots as you like, relying on the fact that your camera can store dozens of individual shots, but the process of then going through the pictures and choosing the ones which you wish to keep and use is as simple as pressing one or two buttons.
Once you’ve collected together all of the photographs which you want to keep, the question of finding photo albums big enough to put them all in arises. Just think of the many hundreds of pictures you take each and every year – records of holidays, Christmas, birthdays and the like - and try to envisage a book large enough to stick them all into and you’ll appreciate that it’s a futile task. That’s why online photo albums or photo books represent such a fantastic breakthrough. Using the software provided, the task of uploading the hundreds of images you wish to store, sorting and arranging them and then installing them in individual albums has been reduced to a few simple steps.
Simply choose the images you wish to include and then decide if you want to put them in any specific order – it could be that you want to base an album around each month of the year, or else gather together all of the pictures which feature a holiday, or wedding, or a particular birthday. Whatever way you decide to group your pictures, putting them all together is made easy by the software and once they’re sorted and stored you can relax in the knowledge that they are totally safe and secure. By sharing the access details with friends and family around the world, you can allow them to look through your personalised photo albums just as they would the old fashioned type if they were to visit you at home. Another huge advantage of digital storage is the fact that you can return to the images time and time again. A relative, seeing a particularly cute baby photograph, might ask for a copy and ordering one will be the work of seconds. Similarly, should you choose to turn an image into one of the many photo gifts available, doing so will be simplicity itself, a huge difference from the days when re-prints had to be made from the original negative which, by that time, might have been scratched and damaged.
Digital photo albums, rather than taking up space and cluttering a home, exist online only, but can be accessed as quickly and simply as opening a book. Safe, secure and convenient, they are the twenty first century equivalent of a tin full of memories, with all of the pleasures, but none of the pitfalls.