A Genealogist’s Must-Have Tool for Organizing & Archiving Digital Photos

A Genealogist’s Must-Have Tool for Organizing & Archiving Digital Photos

This week, guest blogger Denise Levenick, author of the new How To Archive Your Family Photos (Family Tree Books), shares one of her favorite tools for organizing and archiving digital photos. Here's Denise: A great photo management solution for mobile genealogists, and one I use in my digital asset...

This week, guest blogger Denise Levenick, author of the new How To Archive Your Family Photos (Family Tree Books), shares one of her favorite tools for organizing and archiving digital photos.

Here’s Denise:

A great photo management solution for mobile genealogists, and one I use in my digital asset management workflow, is the Eye-Fi Mobi SD Card.

It looks like any other removable SD storage card you might use in your camera. But the Eyefi Mobi includes built-in wi-fi connectivity to send your photos directly from the card to your computer or other device.

The Eyefi Mobi SD card works like a standard SD card—you can use it in your digital camera to store images and remove it to transfer images to your computer. But the real magic happens when you configure the Eyefi Mobi to transfer images wirelessly from your camera directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet. You don’t even need to remove the card from your camera. Here’s how I use it:

  • I keep an Eyefi Mobi card in my FlipPal Mobile Scanner, where it’s configured to transfer images to my desktop computer as I scan them.
  • I keep a second Eyefi Mobi card in my digital camera, where it’s handy for digitizing oversize items like scrapbook and photo album pages.
  • When the card’s storage capacity is full, I confirm that the photo transfer is complete before deleting the images.

The Eyefi Mobi cards work with PC and Mac computers, and with virtually any device that uses an SD card for storage of JPG images and popular video formats. The higher-capacity Eyefi Mobi Pro card also allows transfer of RAW files, as well as selective photo transfer.

A lot has changed since I reviewed the original Eye-Fi Card card on my blog in 2009. I noted then that the slow speed was a disadvantage for transferring hundreds of photos. This is no longer true. The new generation of Eyefi cards is fast, and easier to configure than the original cards.

New features like the optional Eyefi Cloud service also add functionality. This cloud service works in the background to synchronize all your images on all your devices by hosting full-resolution copies on Eyefi’s Cloud storage website. You can use Eyefi wireless transfer without the Eyefi Cloud, but your images will be located only in the original download location.

With Eyefi Mobi cards in my camera and portable scanner, I know that my images exist in two locations shortly after they’re digitized, and I have quick access to the photos without physically removing the SD card.

Learn about other tools and strategies for managing your collection of digital photos and scans in my book How to Archive Family Photos and on my blog, TheFamilyCurator.com.

Want a chance to win your very own copy of How To Archive Family Photos? Read this post over on the Heirloom Registry Houstory blog to find out how to enter the Heirloom Registry’s drawing. The deadline is May 31, 2015.

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