There is something very charming about a shoebox full of random snapshots, and old picture albums. Scrapbooks. The days of storing paper-based mementos in a box in the attic, or in a trunk of precious things are waning, even while beautiful, large-format paper print portraits and wedding photos (such as those our friend ElizabethGalecke creates!) still mark important events
On the flipside, ever wonder when you’ll have time to organize all those pictures taken with your digital camera or cell phone? Your iPad? How about home videos? Your photos only stored (gasp) on social media websites such as Facebook? How about making them findable not only in the near future, but by your children or extended family years down the line?
Every January many people make a commitment to themselves to back up those files! Holidays and summer vacations creep up on winter holidays and, lo and behold, it’s January again. There are great resources for personal archiving [http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/personalarchiving/] and automated means to upload photos off your phone into cloud storage sites such as Dropbox. However, how useful is a file name such as “DSC03761.jpg” or similar, as attributed by your digital camera’s software? If you manage to upload your photos and videos to an easily accessible folder on your computer, did you name the folder, or do they all lump together in folders called something like “MP Navigator EX” that your camera’s software put there automatically? In that folder are they in order of upload date–what good is that? (What date was that graduation party again?)
Off-site websites like flickr [http://www.flickr.com/] allow you to upload and store photos and short videos (although not for all file types), and keep in your EXIF data information [http://exifdata.com/] the date(s) the photos were taken and lots of other useful information such as what camera you were using and the image quality (dpi). However, you still need to do quite a bit of organizing within flickr, as within your computer’s filing system, to find photos by event or even date. The same holds true for home videos, needless to say, which brings up the topic of file size and how storing all your memories sucks up storage space on your commuter and slows it down over time.
Long story short? I can help. I am a trained audiovisual archivist and cataloguer with experience working with still digital images, which means I organize, describe, and digitize your analog and digital photo and video (or small-gauge film) collections, as well as advise on their storage and prepare for future disasters, large and small. Why not bring in a professional?
I am eager to work with individuals and organizations.