Monday, July 26, 2010

Date Debate

So I bought a brand new (refurbished) camera because my old camera had started eating batteries. As in, fresh rechargable batteries only lasted long enough for me to set the date. I loved my old camera so much, and my requirements for specs for a camera have changed so little, that I bought the exact same camera again. The old one cost me like $75 (including shipping) and lasted for 2 years and 4 million photos. I think I got my money's worth!

So my new camera came from the factory (or wherever it came from) with it set to print the date on/within each digital photo. I learned how to turn that off the other day. I've always thought that looked a bit cheesy when you print a 5x7 with the date on it and frame it for the mantle. But then I got to thinking. Having the date printed on each photo would save me the trouble of putting the same information on the back of each photo once I print them out. This would save me the most time consuming step in my photo album process. This might mean that a fictional second child might actually get into the photo albums one day.

So the big debate. Can I get over my feelings of having my photos marred with a yellow date? The upshot would be probably 2 hours of time saved per month. The downside would be baby collages that have possibly half cut off yellow dates at odd angles within the photos.

So what do you think? Please leave a comment with your vote.


  1. Where do you have your pictures printed at? Some of the online printers (Shutterfly) print the date of the photo on the back of the picture. I have some up here that I just printed if you'd like to see what I mean :)

  2. Yes, I also advocate the printing of the date on the back. You can also just load them into your printer backwards and print on them. Test first to make sure it doesn't mess up the picture.