IPTC Summary: Photo Metadata Editors

by JL Beeken on 2-10-2014

IPTC is a standard for embedding metadata in photographs. This is a summary of what is and isn’t IPTC-compatible software. (Updated from March 2008.)
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Photo Collections & Photo Organizing

by JL Beeken on 3-04-2012

Since the talk of the serious organizational failings of Adobe Photoshop Elements Organizer and Libraries in Windows 7 I’m thinking about photo collections in particular and ways of doing that. And the broader view of photo organizing. … [continued]

Photo Annotation: Scanfest Follow-Up

by JL Beeken on 10-31-2010

As a follow up to the most recent Scanfest I’d like to lay out in more detail some of the options for photo annotation in particular. No matter what I’ve said about annotation in the past, (and I’ve said a lot) it’s better you read from the present backwards.

It’s been a learning process for me too and some things I’ve tried in the past, and might have even liked at the time, I wouldn’t go back to. … [continued]

Sharing IPTC: Captions

by JL Beeken on 11-15-2009

Sometimes, it’s tempting to try to tell a long story under a photograph but after experimenting with five different programs, I would recommend limiting your IPTC Captions to one line. People’s names, for instance, and a date, if you must. Otherwise, you could run into printing problems. … [continued]

I just got a newsletter from Marlo Schuldt saying that his Heritage Collector software is now able to embed IPTC metadata. My ears perk up whenever I hear IPTC. Good one, Marlo. The more software sharing IPTC metadata the better. … [continued]

Google PicasaPicasa 3 has been out for awhile and has lots of fun new features. Today, I’ll look at geotagging.

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Scanning Old Photos

by JL Beeken on 11-07-2008

I love scanning old photos. I think.

Every once in awhile I get into a photo-starvation state. So many ancestors, so relatively few photos and when I ask, this is what I get: “There are no more family photographs, you have them all.” Then, when I get really busy with something else someone finds another batch and sends them off to me for scanning.

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Photo Organization

by JL Beeken on 3-22-2008

Email from a reader:

I have studied all your postings on digital photo organization. I am at a brick wall and I need some help.

I have been using Adobe Photoshop Album 2.0. I like the way it functions. However, for some reason, it keeps crashing on my computer. I believe this is because the program was written such a long time ago that XP is having difficulty with it.

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It’s been a slow week at JLog but I can’t be everywhere at once. And I know you’re all busy checking out the new Legacy Charting anyway. I can hardly compete for excitement.

I’m down in the muck of photo-filing. It’s almost enough to make me want to burn my hard-drive and take up crocheting.

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I had a touch of insomnia last night so I decided I’d zip through the weeks’ collection of things to look at. I downloaded and installed trials of two more IPTC programs. Both winners.

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