"We all remember events differently, but photographs help us remember them accurately." That's what Rich Rosenberg says about photography in our lives. He is president of the Phototek Corp. and an adviser to the Photo Marketing Association.
Rosenberg stresses the importance of documenting everyday events so that a historical record can be developed for family members, present and future.Rosenberg points out that in many cases, a child's seemingly insignificant experience - jumping through a lawn sprinkler, roller skating or bike riding around the neighborhood, waiting at the school bus stop with a parent and other incidents can become treasured memories.
"Take pictures of the common and uncommon events," Rosenberg suggests. "Build a photographic archive of your life filled with images that will unlock your memory banks and stir your emotions."
So how do you go about building a photographic archive of your family's life and yours? Here are some tips:
- As much as possible have a camera with you even if it's a one-time use camera. For an investment of $10 or $15 you can have priceless memories.
- For APS (Advanced Photo Sysyem) and 35 mm picture-takers, always have a few extra rolls of film on hand. Don't worry about the film's expiration date - usually a couple of years after the date of purchase. To extend the shelf-life of the film, store it in a refrigerator. Do you have a digital camera? Then it's a good idea to have an extra memory card (digital film) on hand.
- An extra camera battery is a must, too. Keep one handy at all times.
- Don't toss your pictures in an old shoe box. Organize them in family scrapbooks, perhaps by year. If you take slides, keep your images in archival slide sheets.
- Write short captions under your pictures or on your slides. Caption information can contain dates and a brief description of the scene.