I teach a class a Boulder Digital Arts about once a quarter on Storytelling Photography. Last night was my class for this quarter. At the end of the class, I always encourage my students to do something...anything...with the images they create - publish books, create cards, design calendars, make prints, etc.
One thing almost anyone can do is create fun, little postcards. Sometimes I'm doing it for a special occasion. Other times I come up with a fun idea for a card and then look for a reason to send it to someone. The photos in this post are a few cards I created just last week (click on the right/left side of the photo to move forward/back). One is for a friend who just started as a picture editor at the Denver Post, another I made to apologize for taking insanely long to say thank you for a Christmas gift (I'm such a slug). There's also a card I made to get my brother and his family jazzed about their upcoming ski trip to Colorado. And, finally, there's a fun card I made for my son's teacher to dress up a photo she was curious about that I made en route to the Denver Zoo during a field trip I chapperoned for their class.
As a professional, I'm always looking for ways to get my work in front of people. On a more basic level, though, I believe that the whole point of photography is to share the scenes and moments we find intriguing enough to turn into photographs. The residual benefit when you do share your work is that it inspires you to create more images you can share in the future. And, that's good for everyone.
I create most of my cards in Adobe Photoshop or InDesign. If those programs are beyond your reach, most word processing software will allow you to blend text and photography. And, there are dozens of online services you can use.
It's easier than you think. So, don't be shy. Have fun, get creative, but most of all, put your pictures out there. After all, what good are pictures that no one gets to see?