Tributes & Video Biographies
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  • Anatomy of an Archival Scrapbook Project

    We are in the process of wrapping up a large scrapbook project for a client that has been such a delight to work on that I wanted to share the project and the process we’ve gone through as I believe many of my readers may have similar such scrapbooks a...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, January 19th, 2010



  • Archival Photo and Slide Scanning Services

    Flickr photo: catcetera In January of 2008, Money Magazine wrote an article comparing 6 of the most popular scanning services. They sent 40 prints to the six different companies and rated them on cost, turnaround time and scan quality. The top rated company ...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 12th, 2008



  • Concepting and Scriptwriting Tips for Family Video Productions

    Flickr photo: Meg Part 2 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week I introduced this series about creating videos to capture the joy of family events and special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and holiday get...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, March 11th, 2009



  • Days With My Father by Philip Toledano

    My son recently sent me a link to a beautiful website called “Days With My Father.” It is a beautiful and sentimental photo gallery done by a professional photographer with his writings about dealing with the final stages of his father’s Alz...

    Read more  ●  Monday, November 23rd, 2009



  • Dick Eastman Reviews Maureen Taylor’s New Book “The Last Muster”

    My friend Maureen Taylor, aka The Photo Detective, just published her newest book, “The Last Muster.” “A remarkable work of documentary history, The Last Muster is a collection of rare nineteenth-century photographic images—primarily dagu...

    Read more  ●  Monday, July 12th, 2010



  • How I Save and Archive My Digital Photos

    I spend a lot of time flying back and forth between Houston and Los Angeles to visit my family. The flight is 3 hours and last year I made a commitment to spend that three hour time period working on sorting, identifying and tagging all of my digital photos....

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, January 25th, 2011



  • How To Backup and Store Your Digital Photo Files

    Flickr photo: Chas.™ Last week I blogged about how I have been organizing and tagging all my digital photos during frequent 3 hour flights. I received several comments and questions from readers about what to do with those photos once they are tagged and o...

    Read more  ●  Friday, February 4th, 2011



  • How To Share Your Digital Photos With Family and Friends

    For the past two blog posts I have been writing about archiving (How I Save and Archive My Digital Photos), and storing digital photos (How To Backup and Store Your Digital Photo Files.) My first post on this subject looked at how I created an architecture t...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, February 8th, 2011



  • Magnetic Photo Album Deterioration

    Flickr photo: mimi.bowling We often hear clients complain they can’t remove their photos from those old inexpensive magnetic photo albums. Those are the ones with the pre-glued pages that you just stick the photos in and slide the plastic sleeve over t...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, April 17th, 2008



  • My Top Five Photo Sharing Websites

    One of my blog readers recently wrote asking me about the best way to share photos with family members who are far away. She was interested in having family members help her identify people in her photos but was hesitant to put the photos in the mail, fearin...

    Read more  ●  Friday, January 27th, 2012



  • Natural Disasters 101

    Flickr photo:Kicks in New Orleans I am sitting here in Houston, waiting for Hurricane Ike to arrive. It’s 9AM and he’s not expected until around midnight but I’m nervous and not quite sure what to do. Arranging things around the house, most...

    Read more  ●  Friday, September 12th, 2008



  • Photo Restoration Tips When Your Photos Are Fading

    I once gave a presentation on photo restoration to a local historical group.. I stood up and said, “It’s 10 o’clock…. do you know where your photos are?” Everyone gave a chuckle because most were familiar with that old public servic...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, August 7th, 2013



  • Photo Restoration Twists of Fate

    I am always mystified and intrigued by synchronicity and in my line of work, I hear some amazing stories. People reconnected after years of searching, letters found in floating bottles reunited with the the heirs of the intended recipient, people in casual c...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009



  • Photo Sharing: Who Keeps Photos In Their Purse Anymore?

    These days, many of us take photos with our phones and send them to each other via email or post them online to various photo sharing websites such as Flickr and Twitpic. I’ve also got photos on my Facebook profile and there’s some video clips of...

    Read more  ●  Saturday, June 6th, 2009



  • Photographer Rachel Phillips; Field Notes

    Sometimes you see something visual and it just resonates with you on such a deep level that it starts the beginnings of an interest, an obsession, or even a love affair. I was in the Catherine Couturier Gallery a couple months ago and came across a few pieces...

    Read more  ●  Sunday, September 8th, 2013



  • Photographs or Snapshots?

    Typical snapshot taken of my son. My father, Martin Elkort, is a collected and noteworthy photographer. His body of work, shot during a period of enormous possibility in our country, evokes feelings of both excitement and nostalgia in those that view and col...

    Read more  ●  Wednesday, February 6th, 2008



  • Pre-Production and Planning Tips for Making Better Family Videos

    Flickr photo:Vanessa van Dyck Part 3 of a series about capturing the joy of family events on video Last week we covered the first of four phases used in creating multimedia productions to capture the joy of family events – concepting / scriptwriting. ...

    Read more  ●  Monday, March 30th, 2009



  • Putting the Pieces Together Again After Hurricane Ike

    It’s been a little over two weeks since Hurricane Ike slammed Houston. For awhile, we were all the press could talk about, and then real life happened and the county’s financial mess engulfed our 15 minutes of fame. With power still out in many a...

    Read more  ●  Tuesday, September 30th, 2008



  • Sharing Photos With My Friends

    I’m often not sure what the age range of my readership is, but probably most of you are not too young to remember the old-style accordion photo wallets that people (primarily grandmothers) used to keep in their purses before the advent of digital devic...

    Read more  ●  Thursday, August 11th, 2011



  • Social Networking Squeezing Out the Sacred Yearbook

    Flickr photo:PreciousKittyKat Time was when everyone had to have a yearbook. During the final few days of school, you would run around, getting your friends’ and teachers’ signatures and comments. Well wishes for the coming summer, confessions of...

    Read more  ●  Monday, May 19th, 2008