There are some folks that live and die by their digital social life on a site like Facebook. Every moment lived must be captured and shared for the world to behold through status updates, photo uploads and video posts. The rise of photo apps like Instagram have given everyone with an iPhone or Android phone the ability to become a photographer and showcase places they’ve been, people they’ve seen and interestingly enough, food consumed.
But then what?
I’ve taken a lot of photos over the years, but don’t always get the opportunity to go back and review them. I think that if I were to, I may have to question what I was thinking in taking the picture in the first place. However, I am able to see some progression in my photo-fu! (I just made that up; so don’t re-use it without my permission.)
This actually has been one of the biggest benefits of our new Backup Plus hard drive products that I’ve been taking advantage of. With the ability to download my digital social life on sites like Facebook or Flickr, I’m able to look at all my collected photos in one place and take a closer look at some of the stories I was trying to tell through pictures.
It’s given me an opportunity to really look at how I approach photography whether it is about how I crafted a picture, or am looking for settings to revisit to help me compose that perfect photographic symphony.
Like many of the people I follow or am friends with on Facebook, my social life is comprised of pictures about where I’ve been, people I’ve seen and sometimes, even the food I’ve eaten. Looking through my photos reminds me of things I’ve found important and memories I’ve wanted to hold onto. And if that memory is important enough to capture, isn’t it important enough to preserve so it can be experienced again?