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Photo Albums

I have a quandary. (Or am I *in* a quandary? Is there a difference)? I'm trying to figure out what to do with all my photos, in terms of presentation. The traditional solution would be to put them in a photo album, and I've done some of that over the years. (In fact, I have a lot of half-finished photo albums, which is really quite annoying, but let's ignore that for now). I've always sort of thought that a physical album that you can hold in your hands, and sit on the couch to flip through the pages, is the best. The trouble is, I don't really want to do the sort of scrapbooking those albums require. (Which is part of the reason I've got all those half-finished albums haunting me). It's a lot of work (fun, yes! And loads of opportunities for creativity, but it takes a lot of time, and space to lay out the work). In any case, I'm at the tail end of the process of getting rid of all my scrapbooking supplies, so I don't intend to do albums that way anymore.

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?

Poll #1146855 Photo Albums

How do you best like to view photos?

Paper albums, with pages that actually turn.
7(23.3%)
I prefer to view photos on the computer
2(6.7%)
I don't really have a preference; either is good
0(0.0%)
OMG who wants to look at photos of someone else's vacation, anyway? Neither sounds good to me
0(0.0%)
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
4(13.3%)
Photos? Huh?
0(0.0%)
Um, haven't you heard of a shoebox? Everyone knows that the best way to store and view photos
0(0.0%)
Ticky BOX!!!!!!
0(0.0%)

What do you do with your photos?

I like scrapbooking them into paper albums
3(10.0%)
I do everything digitally
4(13.3%)
I don't really take a lot of photos, so I don't have a system
0(0.0%)
Mine are all in shoeboxes, or envelopes from the processing place
3(10.0%)
Photos? Huh?
0(0.0%)
I don't really have a system. I hope your friends will have some good advice that I can use, too!
2(6.7%)
I do a bit of both. Paper and digital.
2(6.7%)
TICKY Box!
1(3.3%)

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.

Comments

here_be_dragons
Mar. 2nd, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Re: And one more thing ....
Heh. I thought you were pulling my leg. The ticky box is the little box in the poll that you can check off (as opposed to radio buttons, which are in poll questions that only let you choose one of the possible options). The "ticky box" (or "check box" as they're more formally called) is very popular with many users of the internet. I don't know why, but people love ticky boxes. :D
countedx58
Mar. 2nd, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: And one more thing ....
Okay, then why isn't it called a "check box"? THAT I would have understood! And how the heck does one use a ticky box to organize one's photos?
here_be_dragons
Mar. 2nd, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Re: And one more thing ....
Hee! You iz not spending enough timez on teh intarwebz! It's just blog-speak to call it a ticky box, and I have no idea why or how it started, but it's been going on for years. I'm guessing that it started at some point with people complaining about only being able to choose ONE answer for a poll, and wanting check boxes (which allow you to pick multiple answers), and someone called it a ticky box for the heck of it, and . . . meme-o-rama. :D Now, it's a common "joke" to include something about a ticky box as a poll answer. And whenever I take other people's polls, I like to check the "ticky box" response, because I think it's cute. But you're right, it's got absolutely NOTHING to do with photos. :D
countedx58
Mar. 2nd, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Re: And one more thing ....
I'm sure everyone I know would say that I spend entirely TOO MUCH time on the internet.

I guess if I'd understood the whole ticky-box-as-nonsensical-poll-response I would have thought it was funny. But now I've just belabored it to death. ;)
here_be_dragons
Mar. 2nd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Re: And one more thing ....
Well . . . next time you see it, you'll understand what it's all about. And you'll think it's funny - or, maybe you'll cringe. Hard to tell. :D Yeah, the internet is a strange creature. :D And I KNOW I spend too much time here. :D :D :D
synergy
Mar. 2nd, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
Re: And one more thing ....
Because people make the word "ticky" from the word "tick" which means to check...
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