Apologies for the slight delay between these blogs, family issues kind of got in the way of this project.
I hope that are enjoying my Family History Photograph reorganisation series of blogs and if you missed the first two parts, they can be found here;
We are now ready to scan, record and document our first image. I have decided to start with my smallest family collection of photos first, that way I can address any issues at the earliest stage, before moving onto my bigger family collections.
The photos have been visually sorted by B & W, Colour, size, appx date, to at least give a logical sequence to the images.
My very first scan immediately highlights a problem, my scanner scans a whole A4 page no matter what the photograph size is and I end up with a finished scan that looks like this.
Now I can of course crop the image to suit, which is ok for a small batch of scans, but this is not ideal when you want to digitise a whole photo collection! Now you can of course manage this with various pieces of software, but I didn’t necessarily want the excessive cost of expensive software, that is where is literally stumbled across great new piece of software called “SnipTag’.
Now some of you will already own suitable pieces of software that will solve all your problems, so the old adage is, if it works for you and you’re comfortable with how the software works, then stick with it.
Having read some online reviews I decided to make the purchase and give it a try. This wonderful piece of software will perform two essential tasks for me, to make my scanning project work both speedily and seamlessly. SnipTag will give me the ability to scan multiple images at the same time, by recognising the edges of the photos and will also remove the need to crop the images after they have been scanned and it will even add metadata to the image. I should also add at this point that this is solely a Mac product and I am using a MacBook for my project.
If you want to find out more about the software, how it works and what MetaData is (Metadata is the digital equivalent of writing on the back of your photo), take a look at Caroline’s review here;
So lets see what the first batch of scans look like, front and back and lets also look at the entries into the database.
The Database entries look like this;
The Snip Tag album import looks like this, includes a TIFF copy and JPEG copy of each image
The Metadata details look like this;
There is one last step to complete and that is the upload to Flickr and Family Tree Maker, so watch this space for the next instalment of my Photo Scanning journey……….then just several hundred images left to scan!!!!
I am also extremely grateful for the wonderful help from Linda Yip a writer, photographer, and storyteller, as well as being a genealogist, who has scanned, stored, and archived over 30,000 Images in her collection, her very helpful blog and guide can be found here.