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    Tuesday
    Feb232010

    The Best of Your Family Photo Album

    [Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting articles on creating memoirs and family histories added to the Author Tools section of the Stories To Tell Website. Let us know if you find them helpful]

    You’re the fortunate (unfortunate?) custodian of the family photo collection. How do you decide which photos make it into your family history book?
    Sometimes the best way to begin is to decide what to eliminate. Some of the choices you might make include are to eliminate:
    • photos that are flawed or damaged
    • repetitious photos. Choose the best image.
    • unknown or unrelated subjects or people
    From the remaining photos decide which you should include by selecting those which:
    • preserve history; if it’s the only image you have of your great-grandfather a damaged photo may belong in your book despite its poor quality
    • are most relevant to the story you want to tell
    • are of the best image quality and attractiveness

    To read the full article on the Stories To Tell Website, click here.

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