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Summer vacation is such a great time to shoot video of your family. Here are five tips to make your family memories the best!
#5 – Shoot lots of candid video You don’t have to herd everyone into a group shot while they wave and say “cheese”! Much more interesting is shooting candid videos of your subjects living real life.
#4 – Get plenty of footage to edit Your video camera is not a still camera. Keep it rolling for a while rather than just getting small snippets. You never know what someone might say or do that will make your scene.
#3 – Let the scenery speak for itself Don’t forget to establish the setting. Let the scenery be the star of your video once in a while as well.
#2 – Use video shorthand to document moments This is where you can really get creative. Instead of your subject saying, “We’re in the hotel room because it’s raining” you might show rain dripping off the roof. Instead of saying (off camera) “Boy, it’s sure hot today!” show a quick moment of a man with his shirt wrapped around his head, or a bottle sweating in the sun.
#1 – Make it fun Family videos are about fun and precious memories that will be enjoyed for years. If your subjects are having fun it will be fun to watch
Yesterday I had the honor to interview three of our veterans at our local Veterans Hospital/Retirement Community. I know it meant a half-day out of the studio, but it was worth it. We interviewed three individual that served in WWII. One was a Mobile Hospital Nurse; she served in the continental US, Hawaii, and Europe. She remained on active duty until she was forced to retire. She turned 91 this month. The second was station in Europe and served in the Artillery Division. The third was stationed in the continental US and served as a Supply Officer. It was amazing how clear their memories and stories were. I plan to use parts of the interview in a piece I am doing on Rolling Thunder – Run for the Wall.
I purchased a Go-Pro camera for my helmet to capture video during the ride and Trudy will video the ride from various locations in route. I will join the Southern Group on Monday in Tallulah LA and ride with them to Meridian MS. This is my third time to ride this section of the Southern Route and each time I am impressed with the structure of the ride, honored to be part of this ride, and proud of the Mississippians and their show of patriotism for our service men, both here and abroad.
More to come.
Photos and home movies are deteriorating for a number of reasons and there’s only one thing you can do about it. To guarantee your family’s archive of captured memories is preserved, they need to be archived digitally. One of the best reasons to convert your old photos, negatives, slides, videos and reel to reel film to digital format is to prevent the natural decaying process from stealing your favorite memories away from you. There are many reasons for the deterioration of those materials, but the primary factors include poor environmental conditions, inferior storage containers, and the deterioration of the actual chemical composition of the photographic or film materials.
Poor environmental conditions frequently occur in most homes and storage areas. The evil culprits are present every day: humidity, temperature and light. High humidity causes materials to become stick together due to the moisture whereas low humidity causes cracks and curls. High temperatures and visible light from sunlight and lamps also speed up the rate of deterioration. Even air pollution can cause the degradation of materials. Insufficient storage solutions often play a role in the deterioration of photographic and home movie material. Even the best storage options can be affected by temperature, light, and humidity. In addition, the acid from old photo albums alone can eat away at your memories. Storage areas also tend to be susceptible to insects and rodents who can damage your photos.
Environmental and storage factors aside, the stability of the chemical composition can also fade with time. Black and white negatives and prints use fairly stable silver halide. However, over time and in less than ideal conditions, the papers will yellow along with the gelatin matrix that makes up the image. If the image was not properly developed, that once crisp image can develop a metallic blur. Color images fair even worse off as the chromomeric dye color is not stable over time. The balances of old color photographs also change because the three different dyes that were used to print originally deteriorate at different rates. New ink jet prints and photographic processes are seeing better results, but as this technology is relatively young it has yet to stand the test of time.
So, the bottom line is that unless you have properly stored your professionally developed photos in non-corrosive, non-combustible, acid-free containers in a dark room with the proper humidity, away from insects, rodents, and dust making sure they were not too tight and not too loose, your images will deteriorate. Even if you go through these procedures, which hinder your ability to actually enjoy the images, your images may deteriorate anyway. There are a number of ways to help slow down the process, but the best way to guarantee your images are preserved is to digitally archive your images. We will not only preserve your images in their current state, but will also optimize your photos to reverse a little bit of that aging process.
Where and how you store your photos determines how the environment directly affects them. The main factors affecting their preservation are relative humidity, temperature, air pollution, and light.
High, low, and fluctuating relative humidity can cause image deterioration and shrinking and cracking of the binder, thus causing curling of the paper.
High temperature causes a fast rate of deterioration. Combined with high humidity and damaging effects of air pollution, many color dyes will fade and discolor. Paper will also yellow and become brittle, especially if the paper is acidic.
High temperature and humidity may also contribute to the growth of microscopic mold spores on the image. Once active mold infests a photograph it is usually impossible to remove without damaging the photograph.
Most photographic materials are also vulnerable to deterioration caused by light—both sunlight and standard fluorescent light. They are both strong sources of ultra violet light.
You might be surprised to learn that photos stored on the floor of a garage or basement are vulnerable to damage by water leaks or insects and rodents. Insects (silverfish, beetles, cockroaches) and rodents (rats, mice, and squirrels) are all attracted to photographic materials. If you have photos stored in boxes or cabinets they should be dusted or vacuumed on a regular basis. And, by all means, keep them off the floor!
Tip: If you have older photos that you treasure and want to display, have a copy made of the original and display the copy. Store the original in a safe place–away from light and humidity and off the floor. Be sure to store it in an acid-free, lignan-free envelope or album.
Watch for my next post. I will cover more on the deterioration of photos and film.
Photo prints, slides, and negatives are made by using chemicals and chemical dyes that are sensitive to light, moisture, and changes in temperature. Over time, these chemicals degrade and the image starts fading away, turning yellow, and it frequently develops cracks. In addition, dust, oil, dirt, and some gases also contribute to picture deterioration. Rest assured that anything film or paper based would deteriorate over time. A proper storage environment or digital archrival is the best defense against deterioration. For more information on digital archrival, visit our web pag
In my next post I will explain what happens and how to protect your photographs.