OK, so my mother passed last March, and I am now in possession of a ton of photographs that are not in the greatest shape… photo album wise.
I’ve been tasked by my siblings to manage these photos.
I scanned the photos and they’re currently on my hard drive. I plan to eventually upload them to picasa web.
Here are some of the problems I’m experiencing, that I’d like to discuss: (Add your own as necessary )
Some of the old photos have information written on the back. i.e. data, persons in the photo. In a tool like picasa this is easy enough to add in the ‘captions’ section, but I don’t exactly think of that as a permanent solution. I’d like a solution that stays with the photo, not the software. Any suggestions? The three most obvious solutions are
[li] use an editor and ‘write’ information on the photo. This of course has the obvious problem of compromising the photo. [/li][li] use an editor and add a blank strip on the bottom of the photo, and write the information there. The problem with this is that it’s a pain to add a strip of blank space to the bottom of a jpg. Do any of you know an easy way to do this?[/li][li] take advantage of the multiple attributes (and properties?) of the file and edit those. That doesn’t help any if the photo is printed though. [/li][/ol]
What would be really cool is the places that print digital photos also allowed the option of printing useful information on the BACK of the photo too! Does anyone know of a place where this could be done?
Printing digital photos has it’s own limitations.
If I scan square picture, I can’t (to my knowledge) get a square photo printed. Well at least not without receiving a photo back that has a strip of unneeded paper on the side. I suppose I could either cut this off or use this space to write on, if I didn’t want to put useful information on the back.
what sizes (ratio) do online photo printers use?
Now for the general thoughts area… What are some of the techniques (or challenges) you fellow dopers use to archive photos? I’m having difficulty categorizing some of the photos. Some of them seem to be better categorized by date because they’re so old, whereas some seem better categorized by subject. This has caused me some real challenges when trying to organize the photos into subcategories.
So… what are your thoughts?
Enright3 (who is waiting on his charter member status to return)