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# Monday, January 05, 2009
Join in the Dialogue: Organizing Photos
Posted by Maureen

There were several comments to my last week's posting on scanning and organizing pictures.

Miriam Robbin Midkiff, who writes a blog called AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors, also hosts Scanfest, a monthly online scanning session held the last Sunday of every month. She's invited all of you and your friends to attend. Miriam can send you instructions on how to join in on the chat session to keep life interesting while placing photos on a scanner. Learn more about Scanfest on her blog. Mark your calendar for the next Scanfest, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PCT on Jan. 25. If I can get my Windows Live Messenger to work, I'll be there.

A reader pointed out that you can digitally tag pictures using the free program called Fototagger. I'm a huge fan. Try it and see why.

Another person inquired about using adhesive labels on the backs of photos. I don't advocate using any adhesives on pictures. As a former archivist, I've seen the long-term damage.

Instead, I'd suggest placing the photo in a non-PVC sleeve of a similar size and including a same-size sheet of acid- and lignin-free cardstock. You can put the label on that paper, rather than the back of the picture. I've purchased non-PVC sleeves from a number of vendors (run a Google search on archival supplies).

Thank you, Linda! She wrote a long comment about ways to use the free photo-organizing software Picasa, and how she "files" her pictures on her computer. It's full of great tips.

As always Kathryn, thank you for being a fan. Of course you can post a link to last week's photo-organizing post in the California Genealogical Society's e-newsletter. Can you include a link in the comment section of this posting to share the other tips in the newsletter?

I actually took two weeks off this holiday season! Of course I did some photo- related activities. For readers who live in the Washington, DC, area, check out the exhibit of photographic jewelry at the National Portrait Gallery. It's called Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers, and it's fantastic. There's also an exhibit on photographs of Abraham Lincoln and online exhibition links on the Web site.


photo-research tips | preserving photos
Monday, January 05, 2009 6:06:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #  Comments [1]
Thursday, January 08, 2009 6:33:12 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I didn't get a chance to read your blog from last week so did a little catch-up reading today. Thanks for the great information and the links to the sites. I agree wholeheartedly that trying to organize a gazillion pictures can be overwhelming and since I am an 'organizer' by nature, I found a simple way to store my photos. I made e-folders in my Windows-My Pictures file (like one of the other readers noted) and name each folder the name of the relative: LasrName_FirstName. Then I scan the photos and save them in the appropriate folder using a file name of: LastName_FirstName_date_location.jpg (if names/locations are really long I abbreviate). For example, I have a main folder named 'Anderson' and in that folder I have one sub-folder for each person in that family: 'Anderson, Arnie'. within each of those folders I scan all the photos of that person. I also have a sub-folder for all documents relating to that person. It takes some time to initially set it up in your computer, but once you have it - it's great, you always know just where to go to look for someone's photo or other document. I do the same type of system in My Documents for word documents, excel spreadsheets, etc. maintaining the same naming systems. I have all my information backed up on CDs and most recently I have been backing up to a flash drive (they make 16GB now which holds a lot of info, are relative inexpensive compared to loosing precious photos and can be easily stored or quickly grabbed when evacuating in flood and fire-prone areas). Oh, and one more thing, if I receive photos from other family members, I scan them to my files, put the originals in a safe place or give them back to the person who shared them with me along with a CD of the digitized copies...they usually always appreciate it and are more apt to share photos in the future. Anyway - thanks for hearing me out and I look forward to learning more from you and other readers! Happy New Year!
Tami
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