Monday, December 31, 2012

iPod Pictures and Scrapbooking

I recently listened to a Paperclipping Roundtable Podcast about using your iPhone or camera phone for taking pictures. I enjoyed listening to the guest talk about using their phones to document everyday moments in their families and how to take pictures that are beautiful and artful. I don't use my camera to take pictures because it is a crappy phone and I'm cheap. I do, however, use my iPod touch to take pictures, even though the quality isn't as good as my regular camera, which is a point and shoot. I usually have my iPod everywhere and it often becomes the most convenient option when capturing family moments. After listening to the podcast, I want to learn how to better utilize my iPod camera and take better pictures.

I have made a couple of pages using iPod pictures that I want to share here.

Several months ago, our family went to Najd Village Restaurant, a restaurant which serves authentic Saudi food in Riyadh. Now this may not seem like a big deal because I live in Saudi Arabia, but you would not believe how hard it is to find a restaurant which serves authentic Saudi cuisine. You can easily find lots of international foods from American to Thai, but Saudi food requires a lot of time to prepare, so few restaurants attempt traditional dishes. Along with the food, Najd Village offers atmosphere. You go into rooms which resemble old Saudi homes, sit on carpets and lean on cushions, and eat your food on the floor. It is a really great experience. When our family visited Najd Village for the first time, I forgot my camera, but I did have my iPod. The pictures were grainy and poorly lit, because the room was pretty dim. But I took my pictures anyway.

I didn't know what to do with them because of the poor quality until taking a class from Big Picture Classes which featured a sketch a day. One of the sketches called for using a grid with 2 x 2 pictures and 2 x 2 squares of patterned paper. When I saw this sketch, I realized that my Najd pictures would be perfect for this. The quality of the pictures wouldn't be so bad in small prints. I downloaded the pictures to my computer and then used my Canon Selphy Photo Printer to print out my pictures. I think the pictures turned out great and the layout really works in sharing this great story our family's adventures living in Saudi Arabia. 

I shared this second layout a few months ago, but is worth mentioning again here.

 My toddler has a habit of falling asleep in really odd places, as long as he has his blanket and pacifier, he is good to go. I started snapping pictures of him using my iPod and then uploading them to Facebook because they always made me laugh. After I had taken 7 different pictures on different days and times, I realized that I definitely had a story here worth scrapbooking. I downloaded the pictures to my camera, printed them with my photo printer and created this page, which I think is funny and great. It is one of my favorite because of the pictures which totally tell the story.

Most of my scrapbook layouts feature pictures taken with my Fujifilm waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof camera (which isn't super expensive but kind of a necessity when we swim a lot or go out into the desert), but I can definitely see myself using more and more pictures from iPod because of the convenience of it. Plus, those pictures do capture those moments and stories I want to record.