Kevin Gilbert on Pictures, Photo Ops, Presidents and More

Why we take pictures

Photographs represent truth and memories. You only have to see one to remember how hot it was that day. You remember the smells of the market. You remember being with so and so. All these wonderful memories are triggered by looking at a photograph.

These days, I teach and travel a lot. I try to help people go from taking a typical picture to taking a better one. Telling stories has always been a big part of why we take pictures. I try to tell stories of my trips. Or the little things in life. Recently, I made a Mother’s Day film with pictures of my three year old (which were easy to find because I am organized now). I found 75 pictures, put them to music, added some text and it was ready – a four minute story of motherhood based on photos of my daughter and wife over the last three years. (more…)

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Thoughts on Purging Photos the KonMari Way

She came. She took a quick look around. And then she proceeded to clean up.

Ever since Marie Kondo broke onto the decluttering scene with her tips for tidying and putting away, she has shaken up the home organization industry – in Japan, the US and around the world. Her name is tied to an entire organizing system – the KonMari method – and is increasingly used as a verb (as in “Can you kondo your kitchen in a day?”) She has built a cult following with her soothing advice to hoarders and packrats, disseminated through bestsellers such as ‘’The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. (more…)

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How to Find a Mother’s Day Gift That Keeps Giving

Mother’s Day is almost upon us and it’s time to start looking for that something special for the person to whom you owe your existence. Finding the right gift for Mom can be challenging but this is not due to a lack of ideas. These days, there are a ton of sites to recommend, design and customize gifts that are perfect for Mother’s Day or any occasion, for that matter.

But sometimes you want to think beyond personalized tea towels and foot creams. And if Mom has just finished a round of spring cleaning, you may not want to add to her clutter with another vase or home accessory. (more…)

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How Good is Google’s Photoscan App?: Results From Our Test & Survey

We don’t normally try to take on Google but we decided to do a quick test to compare the digitized output from their Photoscan app with Scancafe’s. Just for our own reference. After all, we pride ourselves on our photo scanning capabilities. If an app claims it can do the job as well and with minimal pain for the user, we are curious to know exactly how it works.

The best place to find out about all things Google is on Nat and Lo’s Youtube channel. This duo has been demystifying various Google technologies and products ranging from search to navigation for a a few years now. (more…)

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How To Turn Your Digital Photos Into Frameable Art

The best part of having all your photos and negatives digitized is the ability to tinker around with them using one of the many photo editing apps out there. Adding filters to digital images to transform or enhance them is both fun and addictive and it explains the runaway success of Instagram. Filters are so popular that untouched photos are more the exception than the norm on social media these days.

For people who have Instagram filter fatigue, there are a number of other apps that allow us to create artistic versions of our photos. Prisma leads the pack here with a set of filters inspired by real artists and their work. (more…)

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