Congratulations to Merle C, random winner of the May National Photo Month Challenge.
She wins $100 in
photofinishing from foto depot! Plus everyone who entered the contest
won a FREE 8x10 Metallic print. Thanks for helping us celebrate
photography. We loved seeing all of your great photos! Join us again
next May as we celebrate National Photo Month.
I was just talking with one of our customers (Bob J) as he picked up an 8x10 enlargement of his father from the 1940's when his dad was in the war. As his dad is getting older, he mentioned how much he appreciates having these old photos and that he is realizing how important they are to have.
At the store, we see it again and again, how people wait too long to take the photos they want to take of their loved ones, or do something with the photos they have taken. Don't wait as you never know when you won't have the opportunity again.
TAKE the photos of your loved ones!
Do SOMETHING with the photos of your loved ones!
Don't get so overwhelmed that you do nothing. Even one photo can mean the world.
If you have old photos that you need help with, come in and see us, we can help.
Join us tomorrow on our sidewalk for a special sale. Tons of albums and frames at 75% off. (Ron S. Secured cases of Manufacturers closeouts and samples). Great Deals.You'll find cameras and gear also and lots of scrapbooking as we need to make room for Project Life!
Below is just a small sampling of the frames and albums available.
Sometimes, we take our days for granted. A project like this will help you reflect on your life as it happens.
Imagine being able to look back on any day and instantly remember what you did, who you met, what you learned, or how you felt.
While you’ll be able to have a really nifty video time capsule of
your life and a fun way to share your year with others, it can also be
an ingenious and powerful way for you to be able to remember what you’ve
accomplished over the year and how you want to make it even better.
Undertaking this project will also improve your camera skills. For
real! Keeping your eyes peeled for your one second each day, you’ll be
sizing up the world for good moments and you’ll naturally want to
attempt new shots to keep it fresh.
When to Start:
While you might think you missed the boat with starting off your
project on January 1st, 2013, the truth is, this is about your life and
you can start your project anytime!
You can start it on your 27th birthday, the first day of your
round-the-world trip, a random Tuesday, on your first day of college, or
Chinese New Year!
There’s also no rule for how long it should be, so you can keep this
up for 3 months or a whole year or even keep doing it for the rest of
Tools For Putting it all Together:
Or even better, all the cameras. You can use any camera that’s able to
take video, and preferably at least 720p so you can share it with the
rest of the world.
You don’t have to stick to one camera either, so don’t be afraid to
use different ones as long as their quality is as good as your main
camera. Nowadays, most smartphones, point and shoots, and GoPros can
shoot in glorious HD!
An Editing Program.
You’re going to need to put this puzzle together somehow! Some editing
programs have more bells and whistles than others but you won’t need to
get too over your head.
All you really need is to put your clips in order and find a sweet
song to make it all flow together nicely. Our suggestion – iMovie and
Windows Movie Maker are free and work just fine.
If you’re planning on using an iPhone exclusively as your one and
only camera, then there’s now a recently launched app that helps keep
you organized and edit all your footage together! It’s called One Second Everyday.
STEP 1: GET TO SHOOTING
Get out there and shoot your one second clip everyday! Take your camera everywhere. Yeah guys, everywhere.
You never know what you’re going to encounter once you walk out your
door. Take it to work, parties, the beach, school, the DMV, wherever.
Document the first time you tried a churro, your walk in the park,
that bike ride over the Brooklyn Bridge, or maybe the impromptu dance
party that erupted while you were waiting for the bus.
Take a Step Backward!
It’s easy to get so wrapped up in being a cinematographer that you
forget to take a look around you and give us a little more context about
where you are.
If you’re pointing your camera at a delicious pizza you’re about to
eat, it could be even more interesting if you take a couple steps
backwards (but watch your step!) and show us you’re eating a pizza … at
the Grand Canyon.
We’re not gonna lie, taking a memorable video of each and every day is
going to be a tough workout for your eyes and brain, but hang in there.
We know you can do this!
Try out new angles and different techniques, or maybe throw in a one
second time-lapse in there if you’re pretty handy with that stuff. Don’t
forget to hand your camera to others from time to time so you can also
make a cameo in your video!
Sticking with this project, you’ll naturally become more creative
with your shots when you’re forced to come up with something new every
Get a reminder.
There might be days you’re so busy you forget all about your project.
Don’t let up! Put an alarm or a reminder on your phone to make sure you
remember to snap a video of something each day!
STEP 2: GET UP AND GO OUTSIDE
Seriously, you guys, keep shooting.
There are 86,400 seconds in a day. More than a few of those are gonna be totally worth getting on tape!
Everything is fair game.
From your awesome roadtrip, to the C- you got on your biology test, to
that flat tire you had to change (in the snow!), everything is worth
It’s natural to want to remember all the good times but don’t be
afraid to point your camera at some of the less-than-stellar moments.
It’s all part of the story of your life and every moment is equally
This is the most important tip.
You’re gonna get tired of shooting a second a day, and you might want to skip a day. Don’t give up.
Even if you think there’s nothing interesting happening, go outside
and make something happen. There’s always something worth documenting,
even if it’s just you walking your dog (especially if it’s a
particularly awesome dog).
I also found it helpful to tell my friends about my project and they
were crucial in keeping me motivated. They’d even ask “Hey, can I be
your one second clip today?”
STEP 3: DOWNLOAD YOUR FOOTAGE
As the days fly by and you fill up your memory cards with footage,
you’re gonna have to start downloading your footage to your computer.
It’s going to be a little different from computer to computer, but
it’s pretty simple. Make a main folder, and organize your clips in a way
you can easily keep track of what’s where.
More importantly, stay organized. Seriously, guys, 365 different
video clips are as unruly as a bag full of puppies (although not as
cuddly and definitely not as cute).
You’re gonna have a much easier time if you regularly organize your
clips into folders for months over the course of your project. It would
also be a really good idea to make a backup of all your footage so you don’t lose all your work in case an elephant stomps on your computer.
Step 4: START EDITING
Import your clips into iMovie (free) or Final Cut Pro if you’re a Mac
fan. If you’re running windows, try Windows Movie Maker (free) or Adobe
Most movie editors are laid out with a little area for all your clips
and another area called a timeline. The timeline is where you’re gonna
be placing your clips and organizing them.
Editing is a lot like solving a puzzle – you’re moving all your clips
around into the right order by date. While you rearrange the clips
where they belong, you can start ‘trimming’ them down to 1 second each.
Those fun kids over at Vimeo have a couple good lessons to help get you started on whatever editing program you’ve got!
like photography, music is a universal language. Go through your music
library and find a bumpin’ song that you can add to your video!
Was there a song that was your jam while you were shooting this
project? If Polka is your thing, that’s cool too! Try out a couple
different songs and see which one sets the mood you’re going for and
really goes with the flow of your movie.
STEP 6: THE HOME STRETCH
Add some titles, effects, and finishing touches to your video.
Hit the export or share button and upload it to Youtube or Vimeo, so you can showcase your masterpiece to the world!