Friday, April 28, 2017

Photography tips and tricks

I love Instagram, so many cool ideas are shared. As this blog is dedicated to photography and the digital age, here is cool tips to photograph someone:
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Family legacies and obituaries

This year, starting with January 2nd to this day, namely April 27, 2017 I cannot remember a time in my life hearing of so many deaths!! A week or day doesn't pass by we are alerted of a death among relatives, former UN colleagues, friends, neighbors and our community.

I decided today to keep dedicate this page to people that I have known either as an aquaintance or close friends, community figures and neighbors.

Today was Hrag Vartanian's father's obituary in Toronto Star. Hrag's family is from the ancesterial home in Aintab, Turkey and as the fate of the indigineous people of Asia Turkey they were uprooted as well. I had to read about his father and I learned so much. It was interesting to find out he started with photography, passport photos and editing photos as well! However, life took different turns. Sharing here with you the obituary of Samuel Vartanian:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Remembering Our Ancestors: Maps and Genealogy Resources for Armenian-Americans | The New York Public Library

Remembering Our Ancestors: Maps and Genealogy Resources for Armenian-Americans | The New York Public Library: As an Armenian-American keenly aware of the devotion to lost homeland of my ethnic compatriots, I’ve always been on the lookout for Armenians among the researchers from many large ethnic groups who have found their way to the Map Division. April 24 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, and one way to honor those who were not able to find refuge is to learn all we can about them and celebrate our link to them.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

External Hard Drives and USB flash drives

We use various external drive for data storage: our digital photos, videos, documents go into hard drives. Besides the hard drives, we also use USB flash drives to carry with us specific files and folders. Besides, you may wish to share some of your photos and videos with family and friends. DVDs and CDs are almost on their way out. Many of the newer laptops no longer have DVD or CD readers built in. You might have to buy a separate DVD or CD reader. Hence, the external hard drive and USB flash drives are very useful. You might like to have the cloud storage, however it's best to be in charge of your own collection and in addition to the cloud storage, have your own portable external hard drives. I will list here some of the drives and USB flash drives we buy often: EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES Check the blog entry with links to External Hard Drives: Data Storage Solutions

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Down Memory Lane - Thanksgiving 1991

This morning I backed up my camera's Nov files to Master archival and Backup of Master archival external hard drive. And of course I got carried away! I checked some of the videos that were digitized. It took me over an hour, but I have to get back and watch some of the family movies soon. That's the ease and beauty of having your old videotapes digitized. You could get back to them anytime you wish to. I bet you can all relate, you have videotapes which you have taken over the years and NEVER even got to watch them. At least I am in that situation, life was too hectic between full time job, family responsibilities, there wasn't enough leisurely time to watch those tapes. All our VHS tapes got digitized (still got to do the 8mm) - I watched Thanksgiving 1991 and I am so happy to have captured, family interactions, cousins playing, Arda trying to crawl, however sad to see two people no longer with us RIP my loosahoki dad and loosahoki sister-in-law May .... Also I knew one of those years Randy had been Santa at HMACH in Bayside. Now I can tell for sure that it was in Dec 1991. Dec 1991 Paul and Randy in the living room! Such ordinary moments, however so precious looking back and reliving those days gone by so FAST!!! Also saw the HMADS January Christmas show, so beautiful! And 2008 all the Friendship Club events I had organized, we had so much fun! And 2008 Grand Central in December with the light show on the ceiling

What's the status of your family videos? If you need help getting them digitized, please message me or email info at