Taking Pictures is Making Memories

In this age of the memory card, we have learned that taking pictures has reached new heights. No longer the days of rewinding film and buying flash cubes, but of what size memory card and digital camera you’ll need. I, for one, am LOVING the digital age of cameras, but I have run into several things during this timely season that I thought were worth exploring with you good folk. So take out your box of photos and let’s talk memories.

You have taken SOOOO many pictures, and now your memory card is full, what do you do?

We have learned that, if possible, to bring along a lap top computer on our trips.  After every day at the parks, we would upload the day’s pictures to the computer, and then erase the memory card ONLY after making sure the pictures had been safely downloaded to the lap top.  Now your memory card is freed up to use the next day, and would remind us also to charge the camera battery at the same time.  If a lap top is not possible, you can purchase extra  memory cards for future days, along with making sure to review your memory cards each evening and delete what isn’t needed or wanted.

Don’t neglect your Memories

After uploading your memories to a computer or CD, don’t abandon them. I hear many stories of those who invested so much time and love into their picture taking, but then never develop/print them.  To keep away the Disney blues, print as soon as you can after your trip. It keeps the excitement going, especially with the kids.

Now what do I do with all of these pictures I took at Walt Disney World?

I love to help people with preserving their memories, especially from Walt Disney World. Here are several ideas in which to make those memories last:

  • Scrapbooking: For some, this is too much of a hobby to tackle. Keep it simple, sort your pictures into days or into parks. Scrap only your favorites and dump the rest or it gets too overwhelming.  I love to scrapbook and have at least 10 full 12×12 WDW Albums.
  • Photo CD: Put your favorite memories to music and burn them to a CD. Make copies for all of your family members, and even send out some to close relatives with their Christmas card/present.
  • Framing: Choose your favorite picture from each park, preferably in front of something that represents that park, and frame the four next to each other- 5×7 or 8×10 size to stand out.  Buy frames with multiple openings to showcase all of your character interactions. For those “Once in a lifetime” shots, make one a poster size and frame for the focal point of your child’s room… it’s priceless.
  • Gifts: Pick your favorite WDW moment for this year’s Christmas card, or several pictures to make calenders for gifts.  Mouse pads, mugs, puzzles, ornaments, coasters, t-shirts,  and even blankets make great gifts with WDW memories on them.  Christmas is just around the corner, and personalized gifts are the best kind to get.

Is it worth taking a lot of pictures?

I have been asked how many pictures I take in a given 7 day trip. Are you ready for this? At least 1,000 if not more.  My thought process is this… if you have the ability to take more than one shot of a moment that you may never have again, take and take and take.  If you get 10 shots of the same thing, use what is known as the “delete” button.  NEVER assume the first one you took is good enough. I know, most cameras have the ability to show you the shot, but in the rushed character greetings and other quick moments, you don’t have time to check.

What about those Kodak/Photo machines? Are they reliable?

I have used these machines to print out a picture or two, and they have worked out fine. Now, I recently heard a story of someone from the DISboards who had tried to use the machine by uploading their pics to a CD, and then erased their memory card after walking away. It sounded like she DID NOT CHECK the CD until they had returned home-and the cd was found to be blank. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you must rely on these types of machines, you MUST make sure it worked before ever erasing your memory card.  These memories are priceless and I know that I would have been just as devastated as she was. Be proactive on it and make sure that your pictures are ALWAYS backed up.

Printing large numbers of WDW pictures- how can I keep the cost from getting out of hand?

Since I am a scrapbooker, I can tell you the best and cheapest way to print a large number of pictures is to do your homework.  Here in WI, I have several choices of where to print.  I used to take my memory cards and stand for endless hours at a Wal-Mart kiosk and pick and prod over what I wanted. I cannot tell you enough how much of a pain that is when you have endless pics to print- avoid it at all costs.  Simply do this. Upload your pictures to Walgreens, CVS, and/or other sites that you can trust and order them from the comfort of your pajamas at home.  If you aren’t in a hurry to have them, you can receive phenomenal offers each week via your email address. Register with most sites and get free prints to start off with as well! Most sites have  9-10 cent print deals which are HUGE when you compare most walk-up places charge 19 cents and more per print.  Watch for other photo gift deals as well, especially around the holidays.   The personal printers aren’t bad, but they are made for a couple of pictures at a time, not the hundreds you may need.  If you cannot afford to print all of yours in one sitting, pick a park or day for each time you order to keep the cost down, while still keeping everything organized.

Enjoy taking as many pictures as you would like, I mean, come on, you have to, you are at the best place on the planet! Have more questions? Post them in the comments and I will address them as soon as possible! Thanks for reading and have a magical day.

4 thoughts on “Taking Pictures is Making Memories

  • Don’t neglect a system like Flickr (http://www.flickr.com). Not only do you get infinite storage (with a pro account, which is inexpensive) but you get backups and a central location for all of your images.

    I have years and years of WDW pics up there, going back to the opening days of the Magic Kingdom. Scanning them and putting them online is a great way to connect up relatives, preserve the images from regular decay, and keep them in a place where you’ll always find them.

    Also, a site like Flickr (or Picasa, or Windows Live, etc) will typically have a production deal with a local outfit, so you can either have printed images shipped to you, or shipped to a local store. For our last trip to WDW, we had a 2010 calendar created of our uploaded images, so we could have memories of our time with Mickey all year long.

  • Like you, I take a 1,000+ photographs on each trip of more than 2 days. And I have done a good deal of damage on those short trips as well. It never ceases to amaze me how many pictures I continue to take after so many trips. I will continue shoot away though; the digital age makes it all so easy.

    Happy shooting!

  • I, too, take 100s of pics. I save them from the SD chip onto the computer and upload them to Snapfish. I order my prints when they have a special to keep costs down. Then I back up the pics from the computer onto a CD, check the CD to make sure they are on there (as Ellie suggested) and then delete from the computer so I don’t take up too much memory on the computer.
    I’ve made scrapbooks – love it! and movies on the computer. Christmas cards are a must and enlargements for framing. I have a great shot of the Disney Wonder cruise ship from Castaway Cay that I blew up to poster size and is framed in our family room.

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