This is Mom's family photo album complete with the highly acidic black pages and glued down photos. They sure don't make glue like that anymore! The album covers the time period from prior to Mom's birth up to about the time I was born.
Recently while making a photo gift book, I scanned some of the photos in this album and realized that there were some serious archiving and preservation steps that needed to be taken. Many of these pictures are one of a kind and I would like my children and grandchildren to enjoy them some day.
I broke the project down into 2 parts: digital and physical.
Fortunately, the album binding is held together with screws. So I was able to completely disassemble the album for scanning and then reassemble it. I scanned the photos as TIFF at 600 dpi. Sometime after completing the project, it was suggested to me that all photos should be scanned at an output size of 8 x 10 regardless of the original photo's size. Seems like new information is always surfacing to consider. Does anyone out there have any opinions or experience with that? Just curious.
My scanner will scan multiple photos, placed on the scanner glass, to individual files. By using this feature, I was able to get all of the 6 - 12 pictures on each page scanned with 2 or 3 passes.
I felt it was important to preserve the order the photos were placed in the album. If the album were ever lost or if someone were to view the digital files with no access to the album, they could still determine the order the pictures were in. The order of the photos does to some extent tell a story. So I came up with the following naming convention:
By using 2 digit page and photo numbers, the files will sort in the same order as in the album. In some cases, I also included a very short description of the photo at the end of the file name.
While writing this article I realized I haven't included tags or captions with these files. That would be a good idea! That's what I love about blogging, it causes one to reflect and do a more complete or better job!
To be continued next Saturday...
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