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Jul 12, 2018 22:43:41   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
Longshadow wrote:
What do most people do with old photos that they scanned? Archive them in a box or throw them out?
I have many that are over 50 years old that I will be scanning. Scans are backed up in three places and in the cloud.
My primary reason for scanning them is to have a digital copy and also make them available to family.
It appears that they all will fit in one copier paper box.

Thoughts and opinions?


Keep. You may want a better scan later.

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Jul 12, 2018 22:47:10   #
gerdog
 
JD750 wrote:
This thread reminds me of an old saying about bureaucracy: "When cleaning his files, A proper bureaucrat copies all the files before discarding them."

;)


In triplicate!

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Jul 12, 2018 23:46:52   #
Kuzano
 
Rpavich is correct, and the term is "vaporware".

When the first Nukes start to fall, kiss your ass and your digital assets goodbye. Can you say Iran, Pakistans lost Nuclear Assets and Kim Jong Un in the same sentence.

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Jul 13, 2018 01:25:42   #
dbfalconer
 
JD750 wrote:
Scan both sides?


About the only other option. Another writer here did do that. I’m overwhelmed by the whole process! I really should get started...!

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Jul 13, 2018 06:02:53   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
JD750 wrote:
This thread reminds me of an old saying about bureaucracy: "When cleaning his files, A proper bureaucrat copies all the files before discarding them."

;)



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Jul 13, 2018 06:04:10   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
burkphoto wrote:
Keep. You may want a better scan later.


Good thought.

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Jul 13, 2018 08:33:04   #
DirtFarmer (a regular here)
 
JD750 wrote:
Scan both sides?


That will certainly help, but you have to combine the two images into one. Otherwise they are easily separated, and the image of the back of a photo by itself has little value.

The main point is that the image and the documentation have to be in the same file to be properly propagated. And the documentation has to be on an image, not somewhere in the metadata (which won't print [at least with current technology]).

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Jul 13, 2018 10:41:36   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
DirtFarmer wrote:
That will certainly help, but you have to combine the two images into one. Otherwise they are easily separated, and the image of the back of a photo by itself has little value.

The main point is that the image and the documentation have to be in the same file to be properly propagated. And the documentation has to be on an image, not somewhere in the metadata (which won't print [at least with current technology]).


I'd use
<filename>Front.jpg
and
<filename>Back.jpg

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Jul 13, 2018 12:02:19   #
DirtFarmer (a regular here)
 
Longshadow wrote:
I'd use
<filename>Front.jpg
and
<filename>Back.jpg


That would work, but in my opinion it's not the best solution. There are people who won't read past the first bit of a long file name. And if you put Front/Back at the beginning of the file name it screws up the sorting and makes it easier to separate the files.

I like having things all in one file. YMMV.

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Jul 13, 2018 12:04:01   #
JD750 (a regular here)
 
Longshadow wrote:
I'd use
<filename>Front.jpg
and
<filename>Back.jpg


That seems like a quick easy solution to me.

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Jul 13, 2018 12:06:41   #
JD750 (a regular here)
 
DirtFarmer wrote:
That would work, but in my opinion it's not the best solution. There are people who won't read past the first bit of a long file name. And if you put Front/Back at the beginning of the file name it screws up the sorting and makes it easier to separate the files.

I like having things all in one file. YMMV.


In that case one solution is you could manually add the notes on the back of the photo to the “Caption” metadata in the image file.

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Jul 13, 2018 12:10:02   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
JD750 wrote:
In that case one solution is you could manually add the notes on the back of the photo to the “Caption” metadata in the image file.



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Jul 13, 2018 12:29:37   #
DirtFarmer (a regular here)
 
JD750 wrote:
In that case one solution is you could manually add the notes on the back of the photo to the “Caption” metadata in the image file.


I try to avoid putting important information like that in the metadata. It doesn't print with the photo. And not everyone knows how to access the metadata. That may change in the future but there will always be some that aren't technically oriented.

Also, not all the important information is in the form of a caption (text). There may be a drawing or sketch or a signature.

It's not that difficult to combine two images into one. Windows Paint allows you to change the canvas size and you can paste another image into a blank space. I suspect that many of the commonly used editing programs will do it. I'm not a Mac user, but I would think you could do it on an Apple platform as well.

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Jul 13, 2018 14:39:09   #
jwohlhueter
 
Let me suggest that this is the perfect time to sit down with your parents and record them going through their favorite photos and clippings. Include your grandparents, aunts and uncles if available. A video of them telling stories, pointing out long lost relatives, identifying people in the photos you are curious about, etc. will be more precious to you than the photo archives. What a treasure for your grandkids and their future offspring. Create your video(s), then start your scanning project or do them simultaneously.

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Jul 13, 2018 15:17:11   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
jwohlhueter wrote:
Let me suggest that this is the perfect time to sit down with your parents and record them going through their favorite photos and clippings. Include your grandparents, aunts and uncles if available. A video of them telling stories, pointing out long lost relatives, identifying people in the photos you are curious about, etc. will be more precious to you than the photo archives. What a treasure for your grandkids and their future offspring. Create your video(s), then start your scanning project or do them simultaneously.
Let me suggest that this is the perfect time to si... (show quote)


Very interesting idea for the younger crowd!

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