This week’s blog is an article that we wrote for the local magazine for our neck-of-the-woods, Absolutely Chiswick….
With 300 million photos added to Facebook every day, are picture gifts the last thing people want for Christmas? Not a bit of it – there are few things as precious as photos: we just need to be selective and turn our best shots into something special.
There are dozens of companies on the Internet and High Street who will turn your photos into Christmas presents like mugs, t-shirts, mouse mats and phone covers. But perhaps the best medium for pictures is still paper: a simple photo book makes a great family gift and a personalised Christmas card will be cherished long after Twelfth Night.
The trick is to improve your shots before you hand them over. The easiest way is with a good computer programme such as Apple’s iPhoto or Picasa. This lets you crop, straighten, remove red-eye, adjust the exposure and add effects – you’ll be amazed at how great your pictures look.
Of course it’s not just this year’s holiday snaps that can be turned into gifts. If you have boxes of old photos under the bed, now’s the time to have them scanned (before they fade). Imagine the delight of reliving the 20th Century with your family this Christmas.
A word of advice: once you’ve done all the hard work, don’t pick the cheapest company to print your mug shots. It’s a competitive market and you’ll get what you pay for.
Lastly, don’t wait until the December rush to start. Give yourself time to sort out your photos and check you are happy with the printed gifts.
Our article finished with a bit of a sales pitch. We now have two state-of-the-art photo scanners at the Fingertips office: a print scanner and a negative/ slide scanner and we were giving them a plug. There are lots of details on our website and for our blog readers we’re offering ⅓ off all scanning up until Christmas.