Re: Sourcing Photos #general #photographs

Phil Karlin

Personally I don't trust metadata. I name the file to reflect contents: Date in YYYY-MM-DD followed by the names of people in the picture or a descriptive word or two. If I don't know the year, I'll put my best guess followed by "ca" for circa, e.g. 1956 ca. I can search in Windows file explorer easily. And it's fully transportable between programs and platforms. A file name is a file name.

To comment on adding text to the front of the picture, I'd say it's a matter of the purpose of the file. On the rare occasion I've done it, I've kept a clean copy of the picture as well. Storage is cheap! You can buy a 2TB external drive for $65. Don't worry about duplicates.

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