This is the time of year that most of us think about how to best share the news of the past year and greetings for the upcoming year with friends and family. Over the years I transitioned from sending printed cards purchased off the shelf, to customizing my cards with one of my photos, such as the one below, to finally using electronic means to share my greetings.
There are many options to consider, so I thought that I would share a few ideas on this first day of December.
Newsletters: Initially I created a newsletter using a template from Pages on my Mac to insert text and photos converting it to a PDF to email. If you don’t use a Mac try a Word document. Word has templates in its project gallery for newsletters that can be used to create your holiday greetings.
Collages: Regardless if you use a newsletter template, or send a written letter, maximize impact and space by creating a photo collage from a trip, or from a particular walk. PicMonkey and Fotor are easy, free resources to create collages.
Slideshows: Creating a slideshow is more involved, but an excellent way to send your news to family and friends. Many photo editing programs, including iPhoto and Lightroom, have the ability to make slideshows which can be exported to a PDF or a video. Smilebox and Fotor have fun, free templates, so check them out!
Photo Narratives: Last year I discovered an interesting site, Exposure.co, that I used for my holiday photo narrative. When completed it looks like a personal website, and as your readers scroll down they can read your story along with high resolution photos. Once published, all you need to do is email the link to your site for easy access. The free version allows up to three posts, and since I used it only for my holiday greetings, it worked perfectly. If you travel or have many stories to share, for as little as $5 per month you get unlimited posts, custom domains, password-protected posts, advanced statistics, and more.
From the many walks you have taken while Camera Walking, I am sure that you have great photos your family and friends would love to see, so consider sharing your holiday greetings electronically this year. It is good for the environment and your pocketbook.
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