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Megan Dale is a young wife and mother of two with a full-time job at Adobe and a very busy life. Like many moms, she uses her mobile phone to take loads of pictures of her kids. Her desire to save all of the life memories of both of her children in a single place, rather than having them scattered over different devices and social networks, led her to try Adobe® Revel™. Now, Megan can use her iPhone to capture the important experiences in the kids’ lives, sync them across all of her devices, share them privately using web galleries hosted on AdobeRevel.com with grandparents or others who live far away, or publicly on her favorite social networks. Here, she talks about how Adobe Revel has changed the way she stores and shares the important photos that document her family history.
Photoshop.com: With so many choices for how to capture and share pictures online, what is your favorite device?
Megan Dale: The iPad is really essential because that’s what I like to use to view my photos in Revel. Every photo I take and every edit I make in Revel is automatically synchronized across all my devices. I often sit with the kids on the couch and look through our Revel photo library using our iPad, reliving special times. They ask questions about birthday parties, vacations, and other events, and when I show them the related photos, it makes us all laugh and have fun together. I don’t want to forget all the cute, fun, precious moments. Time has flown by and taking pictures and videos is a way to save these treasured memories all in one place so that we don’t forget them.
Photoshop.com: As a casual photographer, what types of pictures are you taking?
Megan Dale: Kids, kids, kids! Our son Jake is six years old, and he’s crazy about sports—baseball, basketball, and football. Ellie, our two-year old daughter, is funny and silly and loves to laugh, play, swim, and run on the beach. I take a lot of "first time" photos of both of them that are emotionally priceless—Jake’s first at-bat at his t-ball game, or Ellie’s first frozen yogurt.
Photoshop.com: What role does Adobe Revel play in helping keep track of your family photos and memories?
Megan Dale: As a parent, I am so busy—my husband and I both work. I am able to simply and quickly add photos to my Revel photo library from my iPhone. I can also easily share my photos on Facebook, or share web galleries on AdobeRevel.com that are just for family to see. This leads to a closer connection to my own memories and keeps me connected with other people.
Photoshop.com: Tell us about your favorite photos and why they are so special to you.
Megan Dale: I treasure our very first baby photos of Ellie. When I see them in my Revel library, I am awed to remember the night she was born almost three years ago. And I love our photos of Jake’s sporting events. Right now, at age six, sports are the center of his life.
Photoshop.com: How do you typically edit your photos using Revel?
Megan Dale: Mostly, I do basic cropping, lighting adjustments, and rotating. The joy for me is in saving the photos in my Revel library and preserving the memories that might otherwise become lost.
Photoshop.com: How much time do you spend editing and sharing photos?
Megan Dale: For me, editing and sharing photos is a leisurely activity that doesn’t take much time. I can edit the lighting or other features while I’m sitting on the couch with my family and have a few free moments. It’s not like I need to gear up and formally “get ready to edit” on a desktop computer.
Photoshop.com: How big is your Revel photo library and how do you keep everything organized?
Megan Dale: My library goes back to 2009. It’s organized chronologically, so it’s very easy to locate a photo based on a point in time. It's fun to organize, edit, and readily share the memories I’m capturing with others, and the fact that Revel is now free is a great bonus!
Photoshop.com: What do you like most about photography?
Megan Dale: I love to capture moments (big and small) in my family’s life and then relive them by seeing the photos. I think of myself as a memory keeper, rather than a photographer. But for me, there is nothing quite like going back and seeing the face of a newborn baby.