Something to do in the Time of Social Distancing

Have you been doing some of those jobs you were never able find time for?

This could be a time to sort out photo albums or a box of old family photos. Most of us have old family photograph albums with photos that have no information in them. Spend some time putting the date, place and people’s names with the photographs. Your children and grandchildren will love you for it.

The Apollo Bay & District Historical Society has written up some suggestions for how to organise your old and new photos, and have kindly shared it with us. You can access their website here.

Start with naming photos

Step 1: Number the pages of the album. This will allow you to reference the page.

Step 2: Information about the photo. Write the information about the picture below the photo with a suitable pen. If this is not possible you can draw a diagram of the page on a sheet of paper giving the photos a number (left to right, top to bottom) and putting the information on that. These pages can then be taped into the album.

Another method if you have a computer:

  • Take a photograph of the page in your album with your smart phone.
  • Send it to your email address.
  • Save a copy of the photo of the page as Album Page X and use the ‘Paint’ or some other graphic program to write the names on the image which you then save.
  • You can print this if required and tape into the album.

Saving your photos on your computer

If you have a lot of digital photos you should rename them and include the date, place and names of people. Windows allows file names up to 50 characters long which you can use for the information. You should retain the “Image Number” as this allows you to use the same info for different images. You can add your information either before or after the Image number depending on how you want the photos to be listed in the folder.

Identifying people in your photos

If you don’t know who someone is then you can use Picasa 3.9, a free photo manger and graphic editor by Google. This program has face recognition software that can automatically match facial characteristic and offer suggestions as to who the person is based on other photographs in the collection. It asks you to verify its choice and then adds them to its list of photographs of that person.

YPRL has many photography magazines that you can access online for free with your library card.  Simply search the online catalogue for Photography, then filter your search (on the left menu) to ‘access online’ and ‘magazines’. You can then open the magazine you choose in your desktop.  Or use the RB digital app on your phone.

If you're feeling inspired about photography and history, check out our digital resources:

Digital Photography for Dummies


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Alison, Officer (Reading, Learning and Community), Yarra Plenty Regional Library

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