Sort out your photos and go digital, which will help you live your life, rather than spending hours sorting out pictures of clouds and chopped-off heads. Old-fashioned cameras were simple but the film was made from animal bones, so it’s good that things are digital. But now we have people taking thousands of photos, rather than living life.
Spend an evening going through your photos and just dump any that are not of special times or good memories (don’t recycle them or burn them, as they are toxic). It’s good psychology to get rid of photos of old boyfriends/girlfriends who children who bullied you at school. Keep what’s left and then blow them up and put them on the wall, where you will see them.
Don’t feel bad about throwing old photos away, writer Paulo Coelho never takes photos at all, he keeps all his memories in his head. Nothing bad will happen (simple living writer Karen Kingston writes that if that were true, think of all the photos on newspapers and magazines, they all get tossed). Also go through your phone and computer and delete unwanted photos. Then just take proper photos, when there is a reason to.
- How to Rule at Photography is a tiny how-to book with 50 bite-size tips to help take good photos on your phone.
- Enter snaps at British Wildlife Photographer Awards. Your work could end up in one of their books.
- Wildlife Photography: Saving My Life One Frame at a Time is a book by a former soldier who recovered from post-traumatic stress & depression, by discovering wildlife photography. Contains his story and tips.
- Got photography or design skills? Volunteer with Operation Photo Rescue, to restore photos lost to fire & flood.
- Paper High Photo Frames (can be personalised) are made from a blend of recycled paper and elephant dung (collecting gives locals an income, so they see elephants as good, instead of as a threat for eating crops). Or for a pop of colour, go for the handcrafted photo albums.