The Mess to Success Method
A Semi-D.I.Y. Photo Scanning Plus Organizing Service
An Economical Photo Scanning Plus Organizing Service
- Detailed instructions for sorting, dating, and labeling your photos before delivering them for scanning. That's the D.I.Y. part.
- Scanning with professional-quality Kodak photo scanners.
- Enhancing the digital photos - colour improvement, dust and scratch reduction
- Working with me using my Facial Recognition software name people in your photos.
- And more...
Are you willing to read the information below to learn more about what's involved? If you're not, you should consider the full-service option!
About The Mess to Success Method Instructions
The GoalsIt's all about adding value and meaning to your photo collection. When a photo is scanned, a digital photo is created. In order to make your digital photo collection sortable and searchable, I add dates and other information - keywords - to those digital photos.
The D.I.Y. PartBefore I can add dates and keywords, I need to get that information from you! That's the D.I Y part. You'll need to follow the instructions, suggestions and tips in seven different sections of the document you'll receive (PDF file). The more time and effort you devote to the project, the more organized, searchable, and enjoyable your digital photos will be.
1: IntroductionGetting started: Your'e going to need a clean work space and supplies like index cards, sticky-notes and a probably some other items - like a special eraser to get sticky stuff off the back of photos removed from albums.
2: Gathering Your PhotosLearn what can be scanned and what to do with framed items and photos in albums.
Be careful! If you start removing photos from boxes and albums before reading this section, you may disrupt any date order that might exist. Following the instructions will save you time later.
3: Culling Your Photo CollectionYou probably don't need or want to have all your photos scanned - but how do you make those decisions? The ABCD Method* will guide you through the decision process.
4: Dating and Sorting Your PhotosDates are important! People want to know when a photo was taken. The date of a digital photo can be changed to match the date it was actually taken - or your best guess! Some dates will be known, but many will be unknown.
This section includes photo dating guidelines and resources. It's up to you how precise to be. When a date is unknown, will you be content to date by decade only? Or will you try to figure out the year? Because the dates will be read by computers, they must be written in a specific way. Detailed instructions and examples are included.
5: Creating and Using a Keywords ListKeywords are words or combinations of words that give information about photos: events, celebrations, activities, location and more. Keywords are added to the digital photos and are searchable. Adding well-thought-out keywords to your photos will enable you to find and enjoy specific photos.
Creating a good, useful keywords list requires thought and planning. People's names are keywords too, but that's a separate topic. Everyone's keywords list is different because everyone enjoys different activities and visits different places. Consistency is important too. For example, a keyword I use is 'biking'. Always 'biking', not 'cycling' or 'mountain biking'.
6: Naming People in Your PhotosAfter your photos have been scanned, I'l work with you (side-by-side or remotely) and use Facial Recognition software to identify and name people in your photos. The names are added as keywords to your digital photos.
Before we start Facial Recognition, you'll need to decide who you want to name - it's not possible to name everyone! This section includes lot's of advice for naming such as what to do when more than one person in your family has the same name, and why you shouldn't use terms like 'Grandma'.
7: Creating Scanning SetsA Scanning Set is made up of photos you group together that will be given the same date and keywords. An index card is placed on top of the photos. The date and keywords for the photos in that group must be written on the index card. Example: 1978-07-01 Florida, vacation.
The index card and photos are scanned in sequence. When I view the photos on my computer screen (with many visible at once) I read the date and keywords on the index card and add that information to the digital photo. You'll need to read this carefully to know how to deal with single photos, and also how to package Scanning Sets so things don't get mixed up.
Gathering Your Photos
Culling Your Photo Collection
Dating and Sorting Your Photos
Creating Scanning Sets
Creating and Using a Keywords List
Naming People in Your Photos