Saturday, March 26, 2016

What is the Best Method for Long-term Photo Labeling?

A couple of weeks ago the Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, who was the Guest Speaker at the 2015 MoSGA conference, posted a “how-to” for electronically labeling photos.  We have all been there…staring at the box / book / pile of photos from our ancestors.  Sometimes it feels a little like Russian roulette, when with trepidation we turn over a photo to look at the back to see if just this time we will hit the jackpot and find a date and perhaps even names of those pictured.
  
Today we are faced with the modern concern of how to label our digital files in an era of ever-changing technologies.  Meta-data, tagging and many other options are out there but how do we chose the one that will last? Even the "best" option today may not be the one that lasts.  

The Legal Genealogist recommended a program and I just had to try it.  I've been trying it out on a few of my photos with large groups.  I love it!  IrfanView allows you to essentially place a text box above or below your photo so that you may add the details for your photo in a way that is visible.  My example will be in the next MoSGA Journal.  Feel free to share yours with us here.

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