I will be (somewhat magically) one year older on Sunday. In Spain, to celebrate ones birthday, we share something with the people in our lives and that something is normally a tasty consumable item such as a box of cookies or chocolates. (“Sweeties” as some of our students call them.) I like the idea of feeling grateful for my life and sharing that gratitude with others. It’s a cool custom that I’ll be taking with me to South East Asia!
But what can I share with the people I’ve met in bloglandia? There have been some lovely comments, of late, about the photography I’ve been sharing. After a little reflection, I realized that I could do better than simply posting a photo (as sweet as this little one photographed in Siena is)… I can share the secret of the polaroids that I have been posting on my blog.
I may have let slip, at some point, my love of photography (or perhaps you’ve just guessed it) and I am particularly wild about polaroids. I love the shape of them and the gorgeous muted colours and the way they evoke the past. While reading a blog post on Google Reader a couple of months ago, I came across a link to a free software program called Poladroid that you can download from the Internet… and I’m going to tell you how!
Instructions from a non-tech native:
1. Download the program (link below). It’s so easy… just follow the instructions on the site.
2. Open the poladroid program.
3. Drag a photo onto the little blue camera which will then spit a polaroid out onto your desktop. (I drag my photos directly from i-photo.)
4. Wait just two minutes (approximately the same amount of time it takes an actual polaroid to develop) and your poladroid will be ready. Ta dum! The image on your desk top will have a little red check mark… that is because this is just a copy.
5. In order to locate the actual poladroid (the large version of it rather than the little copy on your desktop), go into your hard drive and go to your pictures file where you will find your poladroids waiting. (Honestly, I say poladroidS -plural- because I never make just one.) Finally, I then drag the new poladroid into i-photo.
Here’s the link! Enjoy… and happy birthday to me!