Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists

This was a really informative session presented by Geoff Rasmussen. He had some basic advice for scanning and working with images:

  • Always scan and save your images at a high resolution (300 – 600 dots per inch)
  • Save the images using the TIFF format
  • Never modify the original… if you want to enhance it, make a copy and work from it.

He seemed to like Photoshop Elements as a reasonably priced tool for editing and enhancing images.  He spent some time discussing how to use this software to associate descriptive tags to your images to simplify locating images of interest. He noted that, by default, these tags are maintianed by Photoshop Elements. You need to take an extra step to ‘push’ the tags out to each image to make them usable by another software tool.

He also discussed several options for uploading your images ‘into the cloud’. Adobe has PHOTOSHOP.COM to work with their Elements software. Google has Picasa. Both offer some free storage but charge to exceed that capacity. This is an excellent way to 1) Make your images available anywhere in the world, and 2) Establish a backup of your pictures. Both options allow you to restrict who can view your images.

Flickr will allow unlimited (but more public) uploading for $24.95 a year.

He also mentioned a really cool thing for digital camera owners. Eye-Fi memory cards. These replace the normal memory card in your camera and have the capability to automatically upload your pictures to a service like Photoshop.com or Picassa whenever you are within range of a wifi hot spot.

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