Spring is here! Great time to round up the friends and family to relax in the sun in a Spring cocktail party!
When it comes to vacation and travel pictures, photographers tend to fall into two camps: Those who want people in their pictures, and those who don’t.
It may seem funny, but people have some strong feelings about this! There are purists, who want their photos to be as free of people as possible. They want their pictures to be pristine portraits of the landscapes and the landmarks. Adding people to the mix just clutters the scene and ruins the shot. But for others, a picture is no fun unless it includes family and friends. It’s not about where you are, it’s about who’s there with you.
I used to be the former. For me, traveling was all about what I could see. I wanted to visit the Grand Canyon and snap a picture of the rock walls. Visit the Louvre and snap a picture of the Mona Lisa. Visit South Africa and snap a picture of a zebra.
However, as I’ve gotten older, traveled more, and had kids, I’ve begun to change my mind. Now, I’m more interested in what I can experience, not just what I can see. And the people are part of the experience. Take those above pictures of the Coliseum, for example. The picture on the right is nice. It shows the main features of this awesome landmark. But it’s a bit boring. I prefer the picture on the left, of my son and me. It brings back lots of memories of that day. It was his first visit to the Coliseum, and he was amazed. He was both scared of and in awe of the gladiators outside. And I also remember that I’d just been fussing at him, and I had to coax him into posing and smiling with me!
There are also times when the people are an integral part of the scenery. Rome’s Spanish Steps is a perfect example of this. No matter what time of day you go there, you’ll see loads of people milling about. There are large groups of tourists, teenagers loitering, and workers from the surrounding shops enjoying the outdoors while they’re on a break. It’s a fascinating tableau, made all the more interesting because of the diverse group of people. Whenever I go there, I try to take a picture from a new angle, and I love studying the people in my shot.
I still like to take landscape shots without people, though. It’s almost as if I consider natural beauty to be kind of sacred, and I don’t want anything to mess it up. I have been known to wait a VERY long time for crowds of people to clear out before taking a shot of a spectacular or famous view.
Sometimes, though, despite your efforts, people end up getting in your way. This picture below will always be one of my favorites. I was scoping out a view before taking some pictures, mentally composing the shots and checking the light. My husband suddenly ran up beside me, and posed like the goofball that he is. Someone grabbed my camera and snapped this shot before I could really even react.
It’s the perfect shot, really — a gorgeous landscape, but still full of personality.
So which do you prefer in your photographs, people or places? If you’re not sure, take the time to go back through your old vacation photos. I’m sure you’ll notice a pattern. You either prefer to remember the sights and the scenery of your trips, or you prefer to remember the people and the experiences. Neither choice is wrong or right, but it’s certainly interesting to consider how we choose to remember the big moments in our lives.
Amy Bradley-Hole is a freelance writer and speaker who covers tech, travel, business and parenting. She blogs at Freaky Perfect about the freakiness of her not-so-perfect life. When she’s not goofing around on the internet, she dreams up new ways to drive her husband and two kids crazy.
Spring is here! Time for Dad to prepare for golf season! He’s making sure his swing is in top form before stepping up to his 7am tee-time.
Have you ever filmed your golf swing?
Classic 8mm film footage. Rachael having fun in the snow!
Who said it’s too cold to play outside? Snowball fight with freshly fallen snow. 8mm movie film footage from 1979.
Rachael blowing out her trick candles on her 7th birthday.
8mm movie film footage transferred at YesVideo.
Today’s post is brought by YesVideo’s VP of Business Development, Brian Knapp. He recently stumbled upon a collection of his family videotapes, and converted them all to digital with YesVideo. He reflects on his gratifying experience after discovering video footage of some hilarious childhood memories, along with some priceless family moments.
They say be careful what you wish for, but maybe the saying should go “be careful what you watch for.” My sister recently sent a handful of family videos off to YesVideo to work its magic. The videos weren’t labeled in detail, so we really had no idea what to expect on videos labeled “Christmas 1987 – 1989″, “1984-1985 BRK Science”, “Peer Family Reunion”, and such.
Would one expect a scene of my mock rapping to 80s hip hop legend Tone L?c in a leather jacket, glasses, hat, and pajama bottoms? What about not one but two readings of elementary school research reports? High school wrestling matches? Perhaps a brief appearance on a morning talk show with Richard Simmons? Come on, let’s get serious here…
Oh, I am being serious. The magic that is YesVideo brought back all this vintage video goodness and more from a random pile of aging VHS tapes on a shelf at my parents’ home. But it’s not all embarrassing episodes from my past caught on film, what came to life on my tablet were incredible video memories of family reunions, summers with my grandfather and Christmas with cousins, and my little sister starring as Tilly the Tooth in a school play.
As you can imagine these vintage video memories have been both endlessly enjoyable and very meaningful for my family, especially my mother in seeing her father on film for the first time in a decade or more. And the hip hop rapstar scene with “Emcee BK” and elementary school reports certainly were sufficiently high hilarity for my wife…. Good thing we’re already married! :)
Enjoy a few of these highlights yourself. Just log in to your YesVideo online account or log in with your Facebook account and follow the links below.
Have you stumbled into any embarrassing footage from your early days? Tell us your story!
Today’s post is brought by YesVideo’s CEO, Michael Chang. He shares a personal home video experience to demonstrate how storing personal memories in the cloud is not only convenient, but can even lead to a happy marriage.
Management of personal media is becoming stressful. Everyone has this problem, and cloud storage of your personal media can really become a major factor in terms of having a happy marriage. What?! Yes, it’s true. Read on….
Once, I lost the videotape of the birth of my first son, Ian (or so thought). I lived with the stress of not telling my wife that I had possibly lost this tape for over 2 years! There would just be hell to pay if it was truly lost, so I had to keep hope alive and my worries quiet.
A couple years later, I found the tape in a random box in the garage while we were packing up to move. Phew, I had dodged a bullet! But my story is not unusual at all.
I’m admittedly biased about this topic (as CEO of YesVideo), but no one would argue generally about the popularity of cloud storage services such as DropBox, Google Drive, Evernote, and SugarSync. Facebook fully rolled out its photo sync and storage feature in November. A number of specialty,niche personal storage companies are seeing traction as well, such as MyShoebox and ThisLife.
It’s not just videotapes that can be lost. Computers and cell phones crash, or are lost and stolen. Digital files get corrupted.
So my holiday advice is to store those videos and photos in the cloud now! It’s just one less thing you’ll have done wrong that you’re not telling your wife about.
Below is a highlight video of my son Ian, created using YesVideo’s transfer and highlighting technology, now safely residing in the cloud. I sure rest easier at night knowing that these memories are not lost or in a random box somewhere.
Michael Chang is CEO of YesVideo, the global leader in video transferring and sharing. He is responsible for defining the company’s market vision, and leading his team to continued success by creating innovative products and services for the millions of consumers that YesVideo serves.
Previously, Michael cofounded Greystripe, the largest brand focused mobile advertising network, and also served as CEO. ValueClick acquired Greystripe in 2011. Michael also worked at Incubic Venture Capital and was responsible for investments in Internet and software companies. Michael holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BS in EE from Carnegie Mellon University.