Share a Photo, Make a Photo Book
Those of us who are old enough remember the little plastic canisters for rolled film that we dropped off at one-hour photo booths, never having seen the photos inside. We would look through them all the way to the car, often three days after we dropped the film off simply because we forgot to pick them up. Seeing the photos that were on the beginning of the roll usually made us laugh because they were so old we forgot they were on there. Then we’d cringe at how many of them have closed eyes or some other photo faux pas that makes them basically trash. There were maybe ten good shots on each roll of 36 and the rest usually ended up in a box or drawer because it felt wrong somehow to throw them away no matter how bad they looked.
Digital cameras arrived and the one-hour photo disappeared. Take a lousy shot where your eyes were half closed? Snap a new one and no one ever needs to see the old version with the magic of delete. Look really fat in that shot? You can pretend it was blurry and tell everyone to squeeze in for another shot in which you peak out from behind two friends with your hips safely out of frame. Anything that happened a week ago is old news–it’s been uploaded, shared and tagged ten times already.
Everyone now has more photos than they know what to do with, all a click or two away, and no one is stuck with a drawer full of unusable prints. Unfortunately, there was something to be said for sitting on the couch with an actual tangible photo album and the walk up the stairs isn’t so great considering we haven’t hung a new photo in fifteen years. There are online professionals who print photos using social media, bringing the best of the old into the new era seamlessly.
Because they are web-based, you don’t have to upload your photos to their server to create your prints as long as the photos are online somewhere. The service does the hard work and all you do is click on the photo so that the URL can be recorded. The best shots of any event are usually in someone else’s camera, but as long as their photos are marked for public viewing you can pick and choose between your family and friends’ photos to put together a really nice spread. Why would anyone spend the time to click through all those photos for a print project? Photo printing services offer amazing photo books, canvases and prints of all sizes, giving us back the happy moments with an album on the couch and filling the stairway with frames again.
People are using photo books at the end of an event to give all the participants a memory of their time together, or to provide wedding guests a unique sign-in book full of engagement photos. Today’s world shares digitally and printing services should be able to keep up. The one-hour photo is dead, but the photo itself will live forever–that was kind of the idea in the first place.
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