This guest post with important tips for managing your growing digital image collection is from Denise May Levenick, author of the new book How to Archive Family Photos:
Genealogists who juggle hundreds of digital images can learn a few things from professional photographers.
When pros moved from film photography to digital media, they needed a comprehensive system to manage all those photo files. They developed a strategy called Digital Asset Management (DAM).
Like pro photographers, genealogists need different versions of their digital files—for sharing via email, archiving for the long term, and posting on the web. Also like the pros, genealogists need to add file names and organization that allows for easy access in the future.
In my new book How to Archive Family Photos, you’ll learn how to set up a system that suits your needs and helps you easily accomplish the seven basic steps of Digital Photo Management for genealogists:
1. Capture photos on your phone, digital camera, scanner or tablet
2. Import image files from your capture devices to one location
3. Rename image files from the generic device-generated names to something related to the image content
4. Back up files to your digital Image Library
5. Add content-related tags and keywords to your image files
6. Archive your images in a permanent, off-site location
7. Edit, export, and share select photos for others to enjoy.
Each step moves you toward curating, organizing, and identifying your digital files for long-term archiving and access. My book offers specific workflow strategies and tools for the Mobile Genealogist, the Family Photographer, the Vacation Shutterbug and others.
You’ll find inspiration and practical guidance in How to Archive Family Photos to help you get control of your digital photo chaos and become a more efficient family historian.