Web and PC related

I joined www.zoom.nl. a fun place where you can upload photographs and other members give comments (advice and tips). It is also possible to vote for a picture of the day / week / month. It is a Dutch site so not really fun for the english visitors, but for those who want to visit my plofile please follow this link.

So you got your folders organized? You have given your photofiles a name that does make sense (to you)? And you are still not able to find this very special shot that you made several years ago? Start using keywords….. Many programs that act as photo library offer the option to set keywords or labels to you photos. So start using this option and it will make your life a lot easier. Personally I use Adobe Lightroom which offers to set keywords, but there are other programs available that you can use. An other program I have used is Picasa, this program uses labels, which is almost similar to keywords. Just search for ‘photo library software’ on google and I’m sure you will find many options. (a page with a big collection that i found: click here) When you are using a library program that offers the option the add keywords make sure that you are using keywords that make sense to you. Yes I know that I am repeating myself, but maintaining a library all comes down to setting up a system that does make sense. So pick your keywords (or labels) carefully. I’ll give you an example: If you make a close-up serie of flowers, let say red roses. You could use the keywords, roses, red, flower, close-up. This should be enough. If you add words like nature or garden it wouldn’t harm, but if you start to add more keywords, it might get confussing. So don’t start giving a full description of your red roses in your keyword list. Okay I do hope these articles will help you to get your library organized and give you the overview you need. Good luck with it. previous: “Organizing your photos (part 2)”

When you have setup your folder structure, you are ready to move to the next step. When you copy your photos from your memory card to you PC you will end up with the files on your PC that still have the names as provided by your camera. (ex. img_12345.JPG) Now that is a useful name, isn’t it? Nope! We can do better. Basically it is similar to setting up your folder-structure. You should name your file in such a way it makes sense to you. Again, amongst you there are very exeptional and gifted people who will be able to memorize all the numbers linked to the images, but again. I’m not one of them, and I need more logic in my file-names. So when I import my photos, I use a template that sets the filenames of my photos while they are being imported. There are many programs in the market available that will be able to do this for you. And there are also programs that can do this after you have imported your files (I used to use ACDSee, which had a batch rename function.) At the moment I’m using Adobe Lightroom for importing my photos from my memory card and this program offers a rename functionality during import. You have to realise that it is a batch rename (whole bunch of files in one single go), so it won’t offer you the possibility to rename the files one by one on import (but you can still do this afterwards). My advice is not to rename every single file. By doing so you will loose the overview. So let’s say you went on a trip to the zoo on a sunny day during the summer of 2007. Then you could create a folder in ‘Days out’ […]

Trying to look for the needle in the haystack? Got lost in your archive? Want to know why the world is turning? Hmm I’m reluctant to answer the latter, but I do have some ideas on the first issue. Get organized, it is that simple. You can do this several ways, but before I continue I have to make a distinction between a digital and an analog collection. I see no reason to explain how you could organize your films, negatives and prints. Because for me it would be a simple sollution because I am used to do it this way for 25 years. Put them in a cabinet and make sure you make contact sheets and don’t forget to number them. How you number them, how you place them in your cabinet, thats all up to you. So lets focus on your digital work: Every time you use your camera you download your pictures to you pc Your library starts to grow One day you want to show that very special photo to your grandma. But you get lost in your own archive. Nightmare! So you need to get organized. You can do this on a simple way and most digital camera’s and their software offer an option to add a date or timestamp you your digital image. So now all you need to do is remember when you took the photo and look for that date and time…… Some programs even offer the option to download you images from your camera and place them on your PC in separate folders based on the date. So now you have a bunch of folders that look like this: “12th of March 2007”. Wow you got organised, of course you will remember the date of you wedding or your birthday. So […]

You have a bunch of photo’s and they are stored on your hard-drive or maybe you are still using the old-fashioned way of storing your negatives and photos in a large cabinet where they are collecting dust or even worse, eaten by time. And even worse, every time you want to show off to your friends your dust allergy sticks his head up and you will be sneezing all over your valuable work. So what to do? I don’t know what you should do, but I can tell what I have done. I bought a film-scanner and started to scan my old negatives. By doing so I am sure that I have a back-up of my work and that I will make my life a lot easier when I want to work with my photos or when I want to show them to other people. Plus at the moment we do not have the space to build a darkroom so developing my photos is a no-go anyway. In the beginning I started with scanning my negatives and processed them in Adobe Photoshop. Hell of a job and after 50 rolls of film you start to dislike the whole process. Of course I had my share of digital photos already on my HD, so my digital collections started to grow. When I had a substantial amount I created a website and started to upload my work. For every picture I uploaded I had to adjust my HTML code. Again not a very nice job. Then I got introduced to Gallery2, a PHP, open source (so free), already build web gallery. I loved it. And I started to upload my photos. There I made the first mistake. I uploaded everything that I got. Forgetting one of the first lessons I had learned on school. […]