Gayle Beveridge is a past winner of the Boroondara Literary Awards and her work has appeared in Award Winning Australian Writing. Gayle is passionate about family, writing, photography, and with Victorias beautiful Bass Coast which she now calls home.
Published September 20th 2021
Photo Books, Greeting Cards, Sharing and Framing Like a Pro.
If photography is your passion or if you just get a bit snap-happy with your phone, you will probably amass a significant digital library of photos. What do you do with them? You could frame them and hang them, but you only have so much wall space.
Photo books made with blurb.com - Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge
I'll admit to taking thousands of photos, photography is a hobby. I have made photo books for holidays, birthdays and just with my favourite photos for a year or a particular topic. I have made personal greeting cards from my photos and have made cards to sell at fundraisers. For a couple of years, I made calendars from my own images. I joined a camera club and learned how to correctly frame photos for hanging. Of course, like most people these days, I also share photos online, although I doubt most people know all the options available. You can do it too, read on and find out how easy it is.
Photo Books and Albums
Photo books or albums are a great way to preserve your photos and memories forever. You might put together a book of your holiday photos, of a wedding or birthday, or an annual book of family photos. The choices are limitless. Imagine the joy of distant grandparents receiving a book of family photos in the mail. Of course, in the old days, we bought an album and either pasted in our developed photos of slid them into plastic sleeves, each album a one-off. Today's online photo books can be ordered in any quantity you choose.
Photo books made with Snapfish - Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge
Many online services are offering different options and prices, allowing you to prepare books quickly using their pre-set formats or to customise them to suit yourself. You may be given options as to: The size of the book Number of pagesthere is usually a standard number with an additional cost per page The shape of the booksquare, landscape Cover typesoft or hardcover, dust-jacket, image-wrap Type of binding Paper quality
Making a photo book with Blurb's downloadable BookWright program - Book copyright Gayle Beveridge
Some suppliers offer downloadable programs to prepare your books and others are web-based services. The downloadable programs usually offer greater scope for customisation and therefore can be a little more complicated to use. I often use Blurb as I enjoy the flexibility when mixing text and photos. Web-based services are generally a quick and easy way to build a basic book. Snapfish is a good example of this and I have used their service, which I found to be very user friendly.
Some of the more well-known providers of photo books are: BigW Blurb CameraHouse Fuji Film Harvey Norman Kmart Momento OfficeWorks Shutterfly Snapfish Ted's Cameras Vistaprint Woolworths So what are you waiting for? Give it a try.
Have Your Photos Printed on Gifts and Calendars
Most of the suppliers of photo books also supply photo gifts and calendars. These days you can have your family or holiday photos printed on mugs, keyrings, coasters, clocks, tins, aprons, T-shirts, towels and cushions, to mention but a few. They can make wonderful gifts for family and friends or personal mementos for yourself.
Put your best holiday photo on a mug and remember it every day with a cuppa - Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay
Imagine a calendar where every month is a family photo. I have made calendars through Snapfish in the last couple of years, both 30 x 30 cm in size, for the cost of a similar product from a retail store. I found it easy to do and ordered copies for myself and as gifts.
Making my 2019 calendar - From Gayle Beveridge's account on Snapfish
The following are but a small selection of photo gift suppliers: Snapfish Photo.gifts Big W Officeworks Photobook Australia Harvey Norman Vistaprint
Turn Your Photos into Greeting Cards for Gifts or Sale
Another way to make use of and share your photos is to make greeting cards, either for family and friends or for sale, perhaps at your favourite fundraiser. I'm not talking about e-cards here, but the good old-fashioned hold in your hand cards.
A card in the letterbox not only gives a person a lovely surprise, it tells them you cared enough about them to take some time. They feel they are more valued. Then there is the bonus that a handwritten letter or card can be held and felt. It can be turned over in your hand, or clutched to your heart. It is so much more tangible than a text or email on screen.
A pretty photo card in a matching envelope makes a lovely gift - Photo Copyright Gayle Beveridge
Sealed bags if your cards are for sale A pair of scissors
Print your photos and cut them from the sheet. Scissors are fine for this, but I bought a small home cutter from Big-W some years ago and have found it to be invaluable. You might also find these in craft shops.
Print and cut your photos - Photo Copyright Gayle Beveridge
Who among us would not like to frame their favourite photos and display them on their walls? Some of you might like to enter your framed photos in competitions. So how do you do this at a reasonable cost?.
Frame your own photos to hang on the wall - Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge
Source a frame to fit your photo. Many discount and department stores sell frames at a reasonable cost. Your local op shop will probably have frames of all manner of sizes and styles which can be bought for next to nothing. I once got one with bevelled edges for only $3.00. If they aren't already empty, simply remove the existing print and don't forget to check that the frame is not scratched or damaged in any way. Print your photo. For home printing, I use glossy photo paper which I buy from Big-W but if you want to make sure your photo will not fade or discolour over time, you might like to get it professionally printed on art paper.
Gather your supplies. I source the double-sided tape and brown paper from a local discount shop. Art supply and craft shops usually stock them. I source the cloth tape (you could use insulation tape if you wanted to), the picture hanging wire and D-rings from Bunnings. You will need: o Your printed photo o Your frame of choice o Double sided tape to secure your photo o Brown paper and cloth tape for the frame backing o Picture hanging wire o D-Rings to attached the wire Use double-sided tape to secure the photo to the backing mount or to the back of the insert to ensure it does not slip If you want to keep the dust away from your photo, seal the back of the frame with brown paper taped to the frame sides
Secure your D-rings and tie your wire - Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge
Why Share Your Photos? There are a number of reasons you might choose to share your photos online. It will be a very personal choice: To convey your identity To nurture relationships To belong to a community, for example, a photo group such as Australian landscape Photography on Facebook, or your local club's private photo site. To get constructive criticism from your peers and benefit from the knowledge of others To challenge yourself to do better as measured by the number of engagements To gauge a photo's popularity, perhaps to choose which photos to enter in competitions To promote and sell your photos Just for fun Because your photos should be enjoyed
Photos shared on my Instagram - Photo copyright Gayle Beveridge
Things to Look for in a Photo Sharing Platform. Not all photo-sharing platforms are the same. Some are just about the sharing like Facebook and Instagram, but others offer ancillary services. I suggest your first consideration in choosing a platform should always be that of security; do you want to share your photos publicly, just with family and friends or with a select and defined group. For example, I share publicly on Instagram, where I don't post anything personal, but use Shutterfly to share travel photos with only invited family and friends. Here are some things to think about, in making your choices.
Free Service what limitations are there Cost of packages Storage Space Photo Qualityare photos compressed Ease of Use Cataloguing Features Ability to Share Ability to print photos at home Availability and cost of printing and feedbacks
Photos shared on Facebook - Photos copyright Gayle Beveridge
Some Common Photo Sharing Platforms. The following photo-sharing platforms are amongst those most commonly used. Most of you will have heard of the social media sites: Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Others, many of which offer storage and printing services include: 500PX Adobe Portfolio Canon Irista Cluster Dropbox Google Photos iCloud OneDrive Photobucket Shutterfly
After having all my photos in orderly,dated,easily found categories on Picassa I now have them jumbled up on a large hard disc after Google stopped supporting it. The no. the camera assigns to the photo is no help in finding it for me. I wonder if there is a similar program out there.