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Sourcing Photos #general #photographs


Tammy
 

Hello,
What is the best way to source photos? As my cousins and I do photo exchanges, a documented source seems to be the best way to resolve future questions about the contents of the image.  I'd like to do this sourcing electronically. Also, how does one do this if the name of the image changes or the location of the image changes? I am constantly re-organizing my file folders.
Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten


Dahn Cukier
 

25 years ago when I began scanning photos, I named them
picnnn. When I got to 800, I realized I needed something better.

I now scan photos I borrow from people and give each person a code, I am DC.
Digital photos repeat and need a different system. These I rename
duplicates so DSN00002.jpg becomes DSN0002_1.jpg. One person can have
multiple photos with the same name but different folders.

No there is no way for 2 or more people to keep track of all
photos unless they agree on a single system.

Photos with a few people I record the date and the people from left to right.

The documentation is kept in a separate index file.

Photos with many people are scanned and I add a number to each person and
use the number-to-name.

On my own physical photos, I add a number such as P2203 on the back in pencil. After a
few minutes I use a dry rag to wipe over the writing to remove any graphite dust.
There may be something better than graphite, but this seems to work.

To eliminate scanned duplicates I use Linux app findimagedupes. There are also
Windows apps to find duplicates. To find digital duplicates I use md5sum.

I strongly suggest an index file so you can later find all the photos with a person
or photos with 2 or more people. In windows:

find /i "dahn" index.txt |find /i "Ralph"

to find myself and my father.

Dani

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas
(Gunsmoke)


On Friday, June 12, 2020, 03:00:49 PM GMT+3, Tammy via groups.jewishgen.org <tasu1=aol.com@...> wrote:


Hello,
What is the best way to source photos? As my cousins and I do photo exchanges, a documented source seems to be the best way to resolve future questions about the contents of the image.  I'd like to do this sourcing electronically. Also, how does one do this if the name of the image changes or the location of the image changes? I am constantly re-organizing my file folders.
Thank you,
Tammy Weingarten


dan.efrat@...
 

I keep a copy of the original photo with a name describing the content, such as John Smith 1942 or Smith Family 1978. I then edit the photo using a commercially available app and add text at the bottom of the photo, stating the names of the people or a short explanation and save it under a slightly different name. I can also enhance the photo using the same app, if needed. This way I have the original unchanged and a copy with a proper description/comment. I find it the best way to replace the old method of labeling photos on the back.
The app is installed on my smartphone, which allows me to start the labeling process as soon as I take pictures of photos held by other people, while I visit them.

Dan Efrat


susiekrumholz@...
 

Do you mind sharing that app (and IOS or Windows or ?) that allows you to add labeling and comments at the bottom under the photo?  I have not heard of this and need it badly!!!!  Thanks for all of your comments!


Sally Bruckheimer
 

"Do you mind sharing that app (and IOS or Windows or ?) that allows you to add labeling and comments at the bottom under the photo?  I have not heard of this"
 
You can use almost any photo editor. I have several, but I like MS Paint. It comes with Windows, and you can add labels at the bottom or under each person in the photo - whatever you want.
 
Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ


Dahn Cukier
 

First, I will say I am against changes to original images.

In Windows there are many apps to add text. PAINT and IRFANVIEW
both permit adding text.

PAINT (and maybe IRFANVIEW) will permit stretching the photo and add
text in the new area.

Irfanview will permit notes to the metadata which is not shown
on the photo.

Linux. EXIFTOOL a CLI that permits adding metadata.

NOTE: I do not change metadata except for orientation. I use an
index file of all photos to be displayed and BK for documentation
captured from computer screens. Documentation file names contain the name of
the subject. The index file lets me document a wedding photo with 20 people
per photo, and find it easily.

Dani

When you start to read readin,
how do you know the fellow that
wrote the readin,
wrote the readin right?

Festus Hagen
Long Branch Saloon
Dodge City, Kansas
(Gunsmoke)


On Saturday, June 13, 2020, 07:34:09 PM GMT+3, susiekrumholz via groups.jewishgen.org <susiekrumholz=me.com@...> wrote:


Do you mind sharing that app (and IOS or Windows or ?) that allows you to add labeling and comments at the bottom under the photo?  I have not heard of this and need it badly!!!!  Thanks for all of your comments!


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.


Phil Karlin
 

I forgot to mention that I think for exchanging with other people purposes, a code for source is a great idea. I would append it to the end of my filename.


jbonline1111@...
 

Google photos and probably Windows photos will also allow you to add information and to tag individuals. 
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Barbara Sloan
Conway, SC