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Use the Rule of Thirds to help improve your compositions. The rule states that you draw imaginary lines 1/3 of the way in from all sides of your frame, then place your point of interest (your subject[s]) on one of the intersecting points.

  Never touch a mirror or imaging surface. This may result in permanent (expensive to repair) damage.  

Take photographs at dawn and dusk – when the interesting lighting and subject may provide the best opportunities especially for the nature photographer.

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Storing and Preserving Family Photographs

It is important to consider the relative benefits of preserving your important family records in a digital or analog format. Here are some links to help you sort out the pros and cons...

While digital media has the ability to last very long durations, the software, operating systems, file formats and indeed hardware will become obselete very quickly or may simply fail. In other words, the readability of the digital media will expire relatively quickly without proper maintenance. So, take great care of your digital media.

On the other hand, the photo and it's container, the photo album do not require any special device to read them. They are accessible to anyone, can easily be shared or transported and are relatively archival. Witness any one who has the pleasure of looking at old family photos. Personally, we are very concerned that there will be significant gaps in family histories that rely entirely on digital media, despite their many advantages.

This is a complex subject and one can argue the benefits of digital media, which are considerable. However, the "old fashioned" photograph still stands as a reliable archival document.


The Canadian Conservation Institute

CCI has a variety of print and online resources to help with the care and conservation of photographs:


Institut canadien de conservation

L'ICC a une gamme de ressources imprimées et en ligne pour vous aider avec les soins et la conservation des médias électroniques.


Other Preservation Links...

Caring for Your Family Archives

Creating and Managing Digital Content - Canadian Heritage Information Network

Ensuring the Longevity of Digital Information by Jeff Rothenberg

In this article, Jeff Rothenberg discusses the fragile nature of digitally recorded information and the numerous factors, technological and otherwise, that must be addressed if we are to ensure the continued accessibility of this information over time. The article is an expanded version of the article "Ensuring the Longevity of Digital Documents" that appeared in the January 1995 edition of Scientific American (Vol. 272, Number 1, pp.42-7). (pdf format)

Jeff Rothenberg's Digital Longevity Papers

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