A lot of people have photos stored in folders on their storage drives, so it makes sense that if you’ve never used a photo manager before, they can seem a little daunting as far as understanding how they interact with your photos already being stored on your computer.
In this Q&A style tutorial video, I answer a question I received from a reader of Scan Your Entire life on how Picasa fundamentally works to select which photos on your internal or external storage drives are used inside of the application.
Basically, I feel what’s in this video is the most important thing to understand in order to get the most out of Picasa.
Entering photo captions inside a photo managing application can be a very liberating experience. These programs make it so easy to keep track of your photos’ captions — basically the information you or one of your family members may have taken the time to write on the back of your prints that explains if nothing else, what and who is in the photo you’re holding.
But, once your photos are being viewed outside of your favorite photo manager, how do you then see and possibly even edit this same caption information?
This is a question I get asked a lot, and in the video below, I answer Sylvia who specifically wants to know how she can view the caption information she entered in using Google’s Picasa photo manager while using a Windows PC.
In June of 2014, we all learned that Apple had been building a whole new photo managing program called Photos for Mac OS X. Later in the same month, Apple dropped a bomb and declared they were also ceasing future development of both of their current applications — iPhoto and Aperture.
Apple did however say they would update iPhoto and Aperture to run indefinitely with Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite. So, as long as you are willing to run 10.10, you could in theory use iPhoto or Aperture for as long as your heart’s content.
For the rest of us, we were left sitting there last year, befuddled, with the assumption that Apple must intend for us to eventually move our previous photo libraries over to their new Photos application when it’s released sometime “next spring.”
Choosing an appropriate file name for the photos in our digital photo collection is something we all have to deal with. And not being able to come up with a consistent system that we are happy with turns out to be one of the biggest reasons we put off starting the entire project.
To help you get past this hurdle, I created a 3-part post series called “What Everybody Ought to Know When Naming Your Scanned Photos” that walks you through the system I came up with and use to name my own photos.
Dan Keiper had already been working his own naming method when he came upon my 3-part series. After a bit of thought, he wrote me to see if he should make changes to what he had already been doing, and to seek answers to further questions that he had.
Maria Ricossa from Toronto, Ontario, Canada wrote to me with the following question:
“Hi Curtis, I have recently purchased a new camera and vowed to be better organized in the photo storage and processing department. A couple questions:
1) Someone told me I should not store my albums in iPhoto but should create picture files elsewhere on my computer. What would you suggest?
2) I am currently using Photoshop Elements to process my photos. Do you have any thoughts on Lightroom as opposed to PE?
Thanks. I look forward to reading your newsletters.” ~ Maria Ricossa.
Are you someone with a large amount of photographs you would love to scan and turn into digital files? Problem is, you just haven’t because you’re afraid it’s going to take way too long!!
If this sounds like you, I would like to introduce you to Steven Seelig who has been scanning his photos in a way that could potentially save you a lot of time!
It’s very likely there are a bunch of photos in your iPhoto collections that are displaying the incorrect date and time when the photos were taken.
And this isn’t just a problem when your photos won’t sort chronologically. This will also be an issue for you every time you create a new Event or album inside of iPhoto and it constantly tries to identify them using the wrong date.
Maybe the date and time weren’t set correctly in your digital camera before you took these photos. Or it’s possible you scanned a bunch of prints or film negatives and they are still reflecting the dates and times when you actually scanned them.
If you’re a photo enthusiast who uses, or has even thought about using both Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom, you might want to at least consider this deal that Adobe is still offering — but not for long!
For $9.99 a month, when you sign up a one-year plan, you will have ongoing access to the latest versions of both Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) and Lightroom (currently version 5) via their new Creative Cloud subscription model. This is not an introductory price.
But don’t spend too long deciding if this is right for you — this deal is only being honored until December 31, 2013.
Honestly, I’m thinking about signing up for this.
I came across a story by Anne Sewell on Digital Journal (via PetaPixel) the other day that caught my attention. Anne found an interesting 7-minute video that had just been posted on YouTube the day before.
It’s a fun “time-lapse” video of someone’s computer screen while they were doing digital restoration work on a fairly damaged older photograph of a pretty lady and set to a nice piece of up-beat music.
Check out the fascinating video below!
I’ve read the average family photo collection, made up of prints, slides and negatives, is about 3,000 photos. And of all of those photographs, there’s a good chance a portion of them are duplicates.
Back when we created paper prints from our developed rolls of film, it was common to pay a little bit more to have some extra copies, or at least a duplicate set. These were either stored away as a backup, or most likely, shared with someone else in the family.
And now, as you are going through your collection of prints, getting them ready to scan or send off to be scanned, you will find yourself faced with this important question.
It’s very likely there are a bunch of photos in your Picasa photo collection that are displaying the incorrect date and time when the photos were actually taken.
And this isn’t just a problem when your photos won’t sort chronologically, this will also be an issue for you every time you create a new folder or album and it constantly tries to use the wrong date.
Maybe the date and time weren’t set correctly in your digital camera before you took these photos. Or it’s possible you scanned a bunch of paper prints or film negatives and the dates are still incorrectly reflecting the date you did the scanning.
Either way, you’ll be happy to know as of version 3.5 of Picasa (changelog), you now have the ability to easily correct the date and time of your pictures and videos using the following steps.
iPhoto is so good at protecting your precious photos, that in those very rare times when something actually does go wrong, it’s hard not to just freak out and think you really have lost all of your photos!
Luckily in situations like this, you are able to recall some clues that could make you realize your photos are actually still on your computer. It’s just that you can’t figure out how to get them to show up again in iPhoto.
This is exactly what happened to Abdullah and his iPhoto collection.
Something unusual just might happen to you when you start working with your family’s photo collection:
You may suddenly get this urge to start writing about what’s happened to you in your life and why it meant so much to you.
And what’s even more surprising, you may also have an overwhelming desire to ask your loved ones to start writing the same about their lives!
Did you ever notice those little 2-digit numbers printed at the top of your 35mm slides?
I have to keep in mind some of you reading this may have never even touched a roll of film in your life!
It’s scary for guys like me to think that’s even possible, but it really is since we live in a time when digital cameras have been affordable since about 2000.
For the uninitiated, [cough] when you shot pictures that would be developed as those little plastic or cardboard slides you later projected onto a large screen for family viewings, you used a special roll of film in your camera.
One of the choices you had to make when picking out a box of film was how many exposures you wanted.
If you’re an iPhoto user, have you ever wondered to yourself where your original photo files are actually stored on your computer?
I mean, you know they’re stuffed in there somewhere. You just honestly haven’t really seen them with your own eyes in a long time.
I can’t think of anything that should be more important to an iPhoto user than knowing where they are really saved.
In fact, it’s so important that I decided to put together a nice little tutorial video explaining these basics.
This is the foundation of how iPhoto works.
Q&A: A couple of years ago, I started organizing my digital photos the way you showed in your naming scanned photos post, instead of by subject, etc.
I’m just now starting to archive all the photos my Mom has. As we are taking them out of the albums (which, by the way, I hate those old “magnetic” albums–the photos stick to the pages), she is telling me who is in the pictures, etc.
Most of the ones we are doing now are the real old ones–her family photos and my Dad’s family photos. Some are dated and/or have captions to help identify them, but several don’t.
The problem is she can’t always narrow down the date enough to come up with a year. So that’s causing me to have a lot of photos with ’19xx-xx-xx’ as the date. There aren’t really any other family members who will know the answer so I doubt if the dates will ever be completed.
Any suggestions as to how to handle situations like this so I don’t have a long list of ’19xx’ photos?
When I started scanning my photo collection, I had no plans to scan the backs of my prints.
This is even considering that maybe 60% of my family’s prints have handwriting on the other side. It’s either a date when the photo was taken, the names of people in the photo, or sometimes — like in the photo above — a lengthy description.
But, over the last several months, I’ve really been considering digitally capturing the backs of my photos and archiving them away too.
Here are three reasons why.
If this was your entire photo collection sitting in this trash can in the photo above, would this make you actually feel relief … or utter panic?
What if I added to this scenario. What if to the best of your knowledge, all of your photos sitting in the trash were already scanned and safely backed up on a couple of your hard drives.
Do you now feel relieved … or still utterly panicked?
From everyone I have talked to about this scenario, it seems safe for me to say that I believe the world is in somewhat of a divide whether it’s actually okay to throw away your prints and slides once they have been scanned and digitally preserved.
And for some, hopefully not too many, I am sure they would say it’s okay to throw away many if not most photos before they were scanned and preserved.
Yes. You heard me.
As you can probably see, I made some big changes to the look and feel of the site this weekend.
I didn’t hate the old design, in fact, I am still quite proud of it. It was really the first website I have ever done all of the design work (CSS “coding” & layout) myself from top to bottom.
It was a labor of love — and one that I spent way too much time tweaking!
I learned a ton in the process. So, even though I probably should have spent more of my time writing posts for the website, I can’t say I regret any of it.
But, it’s been a couple years now, and we are all accessing the internet in new and different ways. We aren’t always surfing on a nice big laptop or desktop screen anymore. Now it’s smart phones and tablets, and my website always needs to grow and adapt to the ways in which you would like to access it.
If you’re looking for something to store all of your 35-millimeter slides in, you should consider checking out the slide file made by a company called Logan.
It’s a very nice all-metal box with a hinged lid, two metal clasps to keep it shut and a little handle to carry it by.
I bought three of these because I actually couldn’t find what I thought I was looking for, which were these small, little cardboard boxes that hold maybe 70 or so slides that my dad had been using for many, many years to keep his entire slide collection in.
The Logan Slide File is about US$29.95 a piece. When I bought mine they were $26.95 so they’re not cheap. But almost anything slide-related seems to carry a premium right now in the digital era. But from every slide container I found, this seemed to be the best.
I was very happy to read that this slide file box has been made for about 40 years now and for those who like buying US products, you will be happy to know that they’re all made here in the United States in the City of Bartlett, Illinois.