Social gatherings aren't just fun in the moment. Looking back at old memories is good for your health. PsychCentral reports that engaging in nostalgic activities makes people more curious and open to seeking out new ones. Memory viewers also experience more vitality and less stress in life.
Your happy event can quickly turn sour when you get the bill, though. According to CostHelper, event photographers charge anywhere between $50 and $300 per hour for their services. Save money and turn your amateur skills up a notch with technology and techniques to capture the best shot. This ensures you can always look back at your photos with cloud storage and physical storage options.
Choose Your Camera
No matter what your photography education, today's cameras help you capture quality photos. Cameras like the Nikon Coolpix S6900 cost less than $200 and include video-recording options, while weighing less than half a pound. Similarly, the Canon PowerShot SX600 HS model starts at around $250 and features useful zoom range.
Save even more money by forgoing a standalone camera and using your smartphone as a camera. Look for smartphone cameras that feature high-quality sensors, powerful shooting modes and a variety of camera settings. The new iPhone 6 Plus is one of the hottest commodities, not only because of its mobile capabilities, but also because of its sexy 8-megapixel iSight camera with focus pixels and optical image stabilization.
Compose Your Shot
Now that you have your camera, keep in mind basic photo-taking techniques. Photographer Dave Ference, owner of Ference Photography, tells Phoenix People that photographers should take photos in the shade and use a flash to fill in dark spots, and they should eliminate bright sun spots to alleviate the subjects' need to squint. He also suggests taking a minute to compose your shot. Don't position your subjects next to a garbage can, and make sure your focal points are balanced.
Show off Your Shots
Now that you've effectively documented your event, ensure your photos never get lost or destroyed by saving them in the cloud. There are a myriad of free cloud storage options available, ranging from Google Drive to Dropbox, that allow you to upload high-resolution photos, segment them into groups or folders and share them with the people you choose.
When choosing a cloud storage provider, investigate its security, suggests PC Mag. Be sure to ask if the provider uses double-encryption to protect files, if there have been any issues with its servers and if the brand is trusted among top technology reviewers. You also need to consider collaboration options and pricing before deciding on a service.
If you love the feeling of a tangible product that you can hold and flip through, there are plenty of memory book creators that allow you to upload your photos and receive physical copies of them in the mail. Options such as Shutterfly enable you to create photo books for as little as $13, with customizable features including cover photos and captions throughout the book.
Turn your event into a calendar or card with a service like Mixbook. If you're interested in transforming your event into a self-publishing venture, Blurb lets you add copious amounts of text and sell your work through marketplaces, such as Amazon.