Esther Schindler: Lessons in creating family photos that people want to keep

As a consequence of scanning thousands of slides, I learned quite a bit about taking photos that capture a family’s life. Here’s a personal memoir, with a few lessons in taking memorable snapshots.

Esther wrote this advice more than five years ago, but I just read it the other day. Read it too and you can learn today which photos to keep and which to throw away.

We are drowning in photos and most of them are worthless, but they are burying the good stuff. I am thinking about deleting a hundred each day and be better off in two years from now.

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3 thoughts on “Esther Schindler: Lessons in creating family photos that people want to keep”

  1. Great read! Going through this experience myself scanning thousands of slides I can fully concur. Too many vacation pictures, rarely any so called „boring, day-to-day routine“ pictures. Photographing sunsets is a giant waste of time. So are fireworks pictures and videos. Nobody will look at those, not even yourself. I am still stuck at the „what to do after the scanning part“ step. I haven‘t done any post processing, labeling, cropping yet – so much work. Scanning those slides was exhausting. I will start the post processing, not just yet. All one cares about are the people in the pictures and I definitely had a time when I loved to take photos without (!) any people in those pictures. Stupid! I know now.

  2. Having scanned and postprocessed 5000 slides last year and added to my already huge library I can fully concur. Thanks for the read. I will soon start the same process reducing the load for further generations.

    “but nobody alive cares about those photos” – Full ACK

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