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You'll love this book if...
- You're overwhelmed by managing all your digital photos from your smartphone, camera and tablet, plus scanned genealogy images and documents
- You want a storage system that lets you find photos fast and manage pictures across your devices
- You're looking for ideas to share and enjoy your family photos
You've captured countless cherished family photos of babies' first steps, graduations, weddings, holidays, vacations, and priceless everyday moments on your smartphone or digital camera. Perhaps you've inherited a collection of heirloom family photographs, too. But now what?
How to Archive Family Photos is a practical how-to guide for organizing your growing digital photo collection, digitizing and preserving heirloom family photos, and sharing your treasured photos.
In this book, you'll find:
- Simple strategies to get photos your out of a smartphone or camera and into a safe storage space
- Easy methods to organize your digital photos
- Concrete guidance for file-naming, tagging, and backing up your images
- Achievable steps to digitize and preserve heirloom family photos
- Step-by-step workflows illustrating common photo organizing and digitizing scenarios
- Checklists for setting up your own photo organization system
- 25 photo projects to preserve, share, and enjoy your family photos
Whether you have boxes full of tintypes and black-and-white photographs, an ever-growing collection of digital photos, or a combination of the two, How to Archive Family Photos will help you rescue your images from the depths of hard drives and memory cards (or from the backs of closets) so that you can organize and preserve your photo family photo collection for future generations.
Sample Tips from How to Archive Family Photos
1. Create a photo filing system. When you're ready to start managing your photo collection in an organized work flow, start small with your new photos and work forward. Pick an easy-to-remember day such as your birthday, anniversary or a holiday as your "Digital Photo Birthday." Decide that, from your Digital Photo Birthday forward, all images will be managed with your new system. Gradually, as you have time, move old photos into your new system. Don't try to do it all at once. It will be overwhelming and you'll lose the opportunity to refine your work flow while working with a smaller, more manageable number of photos.
2. Digitize oversized photos. It's hard to fit a large antique print on the standard-size glass bed of a scanner. That's when I bring out my digital camera, set the resolution to maximum megapixels, turn off the flash, and snap multiple photos from different angles. When paired with a tripod and automatic shutter release, a digital camera can become a do-it-yourself copy station that speeds up digitizing scrapbooks, photo albums, and oversize photographs.
3. Plan photo projects. A project board helps to organize your ideas and remind you of specific features offered by different services. A project board is also useful if you are planning ahead and need more photos for a project. When you've completed the project, the project board sheet can help you remember what online service you used and how much you paid if you want to order more copies. Scan and save the sheets to your computer or file the hard copies for later reference.
Contents of How to Archive Family Photos
PART 1: Organize
- Chapter 1: Digital Imaging Basics
- Chapter 2: Transfer Tips
- Chapter 3: Photo-Management Software
- Chapter 4: Online Photo Services
- Chapter 5: Digital Photo-Management Work Flow
PART 2: Digitize
- Chapter 6: Heirloom Photo Collections
- Chapter 7: Digitization Preparation
- Chapter 8: Scanning Equipment
- Chapter 9: Scanning Tactics
- Chapter 10: Heirloom Photo Storage
PART 3: Create
- Chapter 11: Core Photo Project Skills
- Chapter 12: Card, Collage, and Scrapbooking Projects
- thank-you card
- mouse pad collage
- holiday greeting card collage
- ancestor collage
- custom Facebook cover photo
- digital scrapbook tribute page
- Chapter 13: Calendar Projects
- wall calendar
- perpetual celebration calendar
- year-in-the-life calendar
- family foodie calendar
- Chapter 14: Smartphone and Tablet Projects
- mobile apps to label a photo
- tombstone photo enhancement
- photo book
- family history timeline
- audio photo book
- Chapter 15: Fabric and Home Décor Craft Projects
- vintage holiday photo pillow
- photo quilt block
- Chapter 16: Photo Book Projects
- custom photo book
- auto-fill birthday book
- heirloom reproduction book
- family yearbook
- grandparent and grandchild memory book
- photo book for busy people
- remembrance and celebration book.
APPENDIX:Photo Organizing and Digitizing Resources