It is always easier to edit than it is to create
Loc: Land of Mold and Pollen
|Posted: 1/22/2013 9:29:42 PM|
Tossing the "bad" pictures. I mean wont someone want to see tha t horrible angle out of focus unidebtifiable picture domeday??
What if that is the only picture which captured (sort of) that expression at that age at that moment???
As a side note, I really need to learn how to take pictures. Not even better ones just take them sigh
Loc: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
|Posted: 1/22/2013 9:33:45 PM|
I've been struggling taking photos too. I started pl this year but I'm falling down at the actual taking photos part... oops!
I say scrap any or all photos you want. If a bad photo is of a special memory then it's worth keeping. We see alot of perfect photos in the scrapping gallery but your own personal albums just need to be 'you'
|Posted: 1/22/2013 9:34:44 PM|
I find that bad 1980's photos look better with cropping, even if they are out of focus. The cameras were crappy back then.
Loc: DFW, TX
|Posted: 1/22/2013 9:37:03 PM|I just scrapped some extremely blurry photos, because they were the only ones I had of my son's first attempt at walking! If you have lots from the same event, then by all means cull them - but don't feel like you HAVE to get rid of the blurry ones!
likes shiny things
Loc: Ontario, Canada
|Posted: 1/22/2013 9:46:50 PM|I scrap bad photos if they are all I have.
I did a layout of the first time Ruby Sky rolled over, and I really don't like the pictures, but they are all I have of that milestone.
I wouldn't scrap a photo that was totally crap, and then just write "beautiful" on it or something. Unless it really was the only single evidence I had of something being beautiful, then I'd use it (with careful explanation!).
|Posted: 1/22/2013 10:09:58 PM|
There was a book I found on Amazon a while ago called
When Life Gives You Lemons: Turning Sour Photos Into Sweet Scrapbook Layouts
that was all about making layouts using bad photos. There were great LOs using blurry photos, etc. It's by Sherry Stevenson. You might be able to find it at your library.
|Posted: 1/22/2013 11:05:12 PM|I scrap bad pictures if that's all I have and find that no one really cares! No one will critique your pictures like you will. My layouts tell stories that we want to remember. Bad pictures tell stories, too. One day our families will really appreciate all of our work and won't care if our pictures aren't technically correct and perfect works of art. Not all of our family events take place in perfect lighting.
Duchess of Stuff
Loc: Pea-get Sound
|Posted: 1/23/2013 4:46:02 AM|I scraped a picture of my GS that was very dark. Next to the photo I wrote -"Too dark but Too cute To toss"
Everyone smiles when they see it
|Posted: 1/23/2013 5:01:31 AM|
I say scrap any or all photos you want. If a bad photo is of a special memory then it's worth keeping.
Rhonda in TX
Loc: Houston, TX
|Posted: 1/23/2013 5:10:00 AM|I have also decided that I will scrap the bad picture if that's all I have. Now, if I have other pictures that are better and still tell the story, I will toss the bad one(s).
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 1/23/2013 11:03:38 AM|
I have trouble tossing the bad pictures too. But earlier this month, I saw an art journal prompt that called for a "foot" photo. Since I am not in the habit of taking photos of people's feet, I wondered how I was going to incorporate that into my art journal. But then I realized in several uncropped versions of layout photos, I had actually captured my foot! So, I saved a new version of one of those with the layout cropped out and the foot left in, and voila!
I also have a whole box of photos I printed, some of which are bad. (I don't always print the bad ones, of course.) I have used these sometimes as backgrounds for titles or lots of embellishing. I also have been known to cut good little details out of the bad photos and use them.
Loc: Missing my mountains and the smell of fresh cedar and pine
|Posted: 1/23/2013 11:28:37 AM|
NOooo don't toss them. Maybe you can turn them into black and white sometimes that will help the eye. If nothing else just put them in a regular photo album and call it the whoops photo album. Still add a little blurb of what they are. I have scrapped many whoops photos. don't stress it.
Loc: SW Florida
|Posted: 1/23/2013 3:58:59 PM|
I toss some here and there. I mean if I hate them what do I do with them. If I have a better one it really helps.
Loc: Way down South
|Posted: 1/23/2013 5:32:44 PM|
Some hints for blurry photos are crop small...it helps them appear less blurry, change to B&W and sharpen in photoshop, Lightroom or some other photo editing program.
I just did these 3 things on a recent LO and it really does help.
Shih Tzu Mommy
Million dollar camera, 10 dollar lock!
Loc: Right here
|Posted: 1/24/2013 4:54:06 AM|
I am brutal about throwing photos out. And now that I am 100% digital, I am brutal about deleting the bad shots, they never see the light of day as a print.
It took a while for me to reach this, but one weekend I went to a retreat and this woman I had never seen before came in with banker box after banker box and then sat down and started organizing what was inside.
Pictures. 7 or 8 banker boxes full of pictures.
She agonized over every single one. She refused to throw any of them out (they are dead, they are divorced, they are grown...blah blah blah) and she was effectively paralyzed by these photos. A good percentage were just awful. Several that I saw were so blurry she could not even be sure WHO the subject(s) were, but she dutifully made a note of who she thought was in the photo on the back and kept going.
This was many years ago. I am going to bet that she is still too paralyzed by her photos to ever scrap. And seeing her being so totally caught up in the crappy photos, I swore I would not let that happen to me. And I haven't. Why would I spend time and money to preserve crappy photos? And I tell you, it was INCREDIBLY freeing!
Dump the bad ones, don't even give them a second thought. You'll find that you have more time for scrapping the worthy photos.