The other option for physical albums is to format pages on the computer, and have them printed professionally. On the surface, this seems to be the best solution. I've done a few books this way, and liked the results - but didn't *love* the results. Some of the photos which looked fine on the computer screen turned out too dark when printed, when I used Blurb.com to print the books. I've looked at other options, a bit, but haven't found one that seems really great yet. They're either too limited in terms of layouts, or don't have the variety of sizes I'd like. Or, in the case of Apple, the prices are WAY more than I'm willing to pay.
A few days ago, another thought occurred to me. What about just having all my photos in digital presentations, instead of physical books? In the past, that seemed really lame for some reason. I just like the idea of books. But maybe I'm ready to rethink that. Sure, it's nice to sit on the couch and look through an album with a couple of friends or family. But . . . maybe it could be just as nice to sit in front of a computer or television, and watch digital albums with friends and family. My current monitor actually allows me to display photos at a much larger size than I could on paper. And more people could view simultaneously. Plus, the perfect digital solution would allow me to put my albums on discs that could be viewed on any computer. (I have a program that will do that, in fact - here's an album made with Shutterbug). In theory, it sounds nice. I'm not sure yet, though, if I'd like the idea in practice. I think I still have a bit of a love-affair with books that I can hold in my hands.
So, I thought I'd put the question to the lovely folks on my f-list, with a poll. (Because who doesn't love filling out a poll, right)? So, are paper albums superior, or am I a dinosaur for resisting the digital age?
How do you best like to view photos?
Paper albums, with pages that actually turn.
I prefer to view photos on the computer
I don't really have a preference; either is good
OMG who wants to look at photos of someone else's vacation, anyway? Neither sounds good to me
What about a bit of both? Mostly digital, but a few paper albums of the important events, or maybe one per year as a summary
Um, haven't you heard of a shoebox? Everyone knows that the best way to store and view photos
What do you do with your photos?
I like scrapbooking them into paper albums
I do everything digitally
I don't really take a lot of photos, so I don't have a system
Mine are all in shoeboxes, or envelopes from the processing place
I don't really have a system. I hope your friends will have some good advice that I can use, too!
I do a bit of both. Paper and digital.
Please share any suggestions you have about viewing photos:
Please comment with any additional thoughts. I need a good solution, and the sooner the better. :) I've got a LOT of photos, and it's lame having them unavailable for viewing. That's not the point of taking pictures, after all.