Friday 4 February 2022

Putting your photos to good use

 In January for a day I went chasing trains and taking train photographs for the first time in 2022. This is one aspect of the "hobby" I really enjoy and it certainly gets me out of the armchair. I used to do this a lot more frequently. I have lots and lots of digital images and slides going back 30+ years. Despite my profession, I am yet to organise these images into a meaningful database.

So it struck me that I have all these photos but I rarely look at them. They are filed away in digital storage and in archival slide boxes for some unknown future. At the same time I was thinking about my own photos, I realised I hadn't purchased my usual railway calendar for 2022. Coincidentally, I received an email from one of those photo book/stationery companies offering a discount on their range of products, including calendars, for 2022. That's when the penny dropped!

I ordered my calendar from Momento. The print and paper quality is excellent. Delivery was quick as well. Momento has software which you download and then it's just a matter of selecting a suitable template and adding images. Because I didn't have all my images organised, I made a quick hunt of some files on my PC and chose from there. I didn't manipulate any of the photos beforehand. One could do this using Photoshop or other digital imaging programs to really enhance the photo quality. Maybe next time.

I didn't spend too much time on this project but I am very pleased with the result. At least I now have 13 (including the front cover) of my photos out of the darkness that I can enjoy throughout the year. I thoroughly recommend putting your photos to good use in this way.