07-01-2012, 02:21 PM
Creative Crew SU Design Team Alumni
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Fort Collins CO
Being a genealogist-type person, here's what I would do...
Scan every picture individually. Assign a file name with the name of the person or people in the picture. If you have a date, include that in the file name. Maybe you can narrow your date down to a time frame.
Create file folders on your computer for the families in your family history. Save each of your pictures into the appropriate folder...or folders. They may fit in more than one.
Get archival pocket page type albums to store the original photos in. I use an archival pencil on the back of the picture to label names...but write on the very edge of the back, as small as you can and still have it readable. You say some are labeled...you are fortunate! I don't recommend using a box for storage. Pictures are too easily damaged that way, unless you choose to invest (an appropriate term, let me tell you) in individual archival photo sleeves for each picture.
As for photoshopping pics...I use a different program than PSE. But sometimes I try to do some photo color correction, like when the pic has turned yellow. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Any corrected pics should be saved as a separate filename. Maybe use the filename of the original and add "edited" to the end.
And always, always, always use printed copies for your projects...NEVER the original photo. ALWAYS archive the original, even if you have it saved electronically.
You can share the folders of pictures with family members by saving to a disc, using a flash drive, uploading to online photo storage sites, etc.
Hope that helps you a bit.
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