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March 3, 2007

Slide shows give way to digital

I am trying to complete my transition into the digital photo age.



I’m not a photographer or even a photo buff, just a mom trying to preserve family memories with an average digital camera. I’ve gotten used to framing shots in the display screen, and I don’t miss buying film. My problem is what to do with the images once I’ve captured them.



I have a list of prints to order for the photo album _ even though I still haven’t found time to slide the last batch into the plastic pockets. I have photos in folders on the desktop _ and in a box with stickers and borders and sheets of colored paper from a scrapbooking kit I bought five years ago and never finished.



I know I need to move forward. My last photo album is almost full; I don’t want to buy another. I know the sensible thing is to store my photos on CDs.



I know there’s probably no need to print more than a few. Yet, as the world around me goes increasingly paperless, I just can’t shake the urge to maintain a hard-copy record of my daughters’ childhood years.



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The digital domain has given us new ways to share and display images of the people, places and moments that are important to us. It has also changed what we keep. Thanks to digital photo technology, we can instantly delete



the worst images we capture and easily fix the flaws in the next-worst. Red eyes? Point, click, fixed. Extraneous person walking across the background? Grab that cropping tool.



Since you’re no longer stuck with all those closed-eye, too-dark, goofy-smile shots, you only have to organize the photos you really want to save. And you don’t have to wait long to get them. I remember waiting weeks for the photos from one film to arrive in the mail. Now, I can print dozens in minutes using a touch screen at a local drugstore.

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