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5 Tips for Recording the Stories of Your Heirlooms

Do you have walls and shelves filled with family knick-knacks and keepsakes? Do you have attics and closets with heirlooms preserved with bubble wrap and specialty boxes? It’s time you spend a little time thinking and recording the meaning behind each family treasure before they become clutter and junk. Heirlooms have the power to bind […]

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Know Your Camera’s Focus

My Digitizing Grandma’s Stuff class was a hit at the recent family history conference. The reward was strongly felt for the efforts I’ve expended inspiring others to photograph their family treasures through my blog, personal conversations, and teaching. There was a young girl in my class who went home to tell her grandmother about the […]

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Treasure Chest Thursday

Photographing High School Rings

I’ll admit, while I was in high school, I wore a lot of rings. I wore my mother’s high school ring, a gold letter D ring, a silver James Avery Flag Girl ring, and a silver dolphin ring. That’s four rings, not counting the rings of boyfriends when we were dating. When I was a […]

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Mother Daughter Rings

Remember the post High School Rings Have Two Sides? In that post, I shared how I wore my mother’s high school ring while I was in high school. When I obtained my senior ring, I didn’t want to stop wearing my mother’s ring. That ring was now a part of me, just as my own […]

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Photograhping Masonic and Eastern Star Rings

In August 2012, I received two pieces of family treasure that I didn’t know existed or would ever become mine.  Good things come to those who are patient. I thought I would share the two rings together as an added bonus. I love word plays, so I hope the pun on the Mason fraternal organization […]

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Treasure Chest Thursday

Telling A Story With Your Keepsake Photography

Our treasures are often not stand alone objects. They are often part of a collection. Part of an overall story. When photographing my personal and family history items, I pay attention to the story the objects are trying to share. What stories do my rings they tell? The obvious story is that I graduated from […]

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Photo Friday: High School Rings Have Two Sides

Yesterday, I shared the importance of photographing all sides of a treasure, especially a ring rich in history and symbolism. Today, these photos are a follow-up to that reasoning. Columbus South High School 1996 Senior Ring Unlike my Aggie ring, I do not know the significance of the symbols for my mother’s high school ring. […]

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Treasure Chest Thursday

Treasure Chest Thursday: All Sides of My Aggie Ring

In the past four posts, I have shared some of the lessons I have learned with my new dSLR camera. Today, I wish to review something I posted three years ago, the concept of playing and photographing an object from different angles. Honoring the men and women who serve our country and are Aggies! Texas […]

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The Importance of White Balance When Photographing Family Treasures

f/5.6 exp 1/10 sec with +1 bias, ISO 100, 55 mm Focal Length Pattern Metering Mode, Manual White Balance (Cropped) This post is a follow-up to Jewelry on Black is Hit or Miss. Having had success working with a bracelet and medals using a white background, I decided to return to what I knew to see how […]

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Jewelry on Black Backgrounds is Hit or Miss

Photo settings: f/5, exp 1/10 sec with -1 bias, ISO 200, 55 mm Focal Length, Partial Metering Mode, White Fluorescent White Balance   The post,  Lessons Learned From First Photo Session shared my first experiment with my new camera. I thought photographing gold rings on a black background would showcase the items. I have photographed many items with white backgrounds but […]

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