XnView

I can’t tell you what naming conventions to use for your files. That’s up to you. But these are some free software choices for batch file renaming and they may give you some ideas for your file names. … [continued]

How To Read & Write GPS

by JL Beeken on 2-11-2014

This describes how to read and write GPS using GPS devices,¬†Google Maps, Bing Maps and XnView. (Updated from July 2010) … [continued]

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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Preserving Image Quality

by JL Beeken on 9-07-2013

Besides scanning originals using best practices, the other way to preserve image quality is to not make it any worse.

I’m speaking of the JPGs we download from various online databases, family trees, photo-sharing sites, etc. … [continued]

Photos: Change Date/Time Taken

by JL Beeken on 10-29-2012

As we approach the time to change back to Standard Time, it’s also time to remember to change the Date/Time Taken on our cameras.

Cousin Sam called me the other night with a photo crisis. … [continued]

Photo Collections: XnView

by JL Beeken on 6-30-2012

XnView Photo ViewerPreviously, I described how to create and open photo collections in IrfanView using simple TXT files of file-paths.

Now I’ll show you a much easier way to find your files and create photo collections using XnView. (It’s free and comes in a desktop and portable version.) … [continued]

Tag Images

by JL Beeken on 4-08-2012

Tagging images isn’t difficult. It’s not even that time-consuming. You just need the right software. Something that works thoroughly and efficiently in batch-mode if you want it to. … [continued]

Sorting Photos & Photo Annotation

by JL Beeken on 7-23-2011

I wish there was an easier way of sorting photos. But I realize some of us are organizationally-challenged and that’s half the fun. In a $5-per-truckload-second-hand-store kind of way. Sure, bring it all home if you don’t mind spending a week at the laundromat. … [continued]

Slideshow Using IPTC, EXIF & GPS

by JL Beeken on 3-01-2011

If you’ve been following along and getting your photos embedded with IPTC captions, keywords, locations, copyrights, etc. you will also be able to share this information by creating slideshows. … [continued]

I often find myself searching sub-folders of files and photos (and I have a ton of them). After a certain critical mass of files, say 10 thousand, drilling down forever and hand-picking files doesn’t really do it for me. … [continued]