Over the years (prior to digital cameras) I took a lot of pictures. I have several shoe boxes full of loose pictures, negatives and six or seven photo books. Most of them are neatly organized and I wrote on the back of them to remember dates and locations. The problems is that they take up a lot of space and I really don’t pull them out that often to look at them. Sharing them is difficult too.
So over the past few weeks I have worked at night to scan in all of the photos. I’ve organized them on my computer in a simple folder structure by year and subject matter. Then I made a backup of this on a DVD. Then I picked out the photos that I want to share with others and uploaded them to Picasaweb. I made sure to add comments to each photo.
Picasa is Google’s photo web albums site. If you have a Gmail account it is a simple click away. If you don’t have a gmail account, its better to get one now. Google will eventually take over the world and its better to be on their team. Oh… that last part was a joke (kind of).
There are several Other photo storing services, but for the number of photos I have Picasa is free. So no money out of pocket.
For each photo web albums I can share it with the world, set up access to just my friends or keep it private. It is much easier to share and everyone can enjoy them at their own time. It also is backed up regularly and I don’t have to worry about my hard drive on my computer dying.
I framed a few of the pictures to display on my walls. Then I made all of those printed photos leave my house. A few of the photo books and lots of the individual photos were sent to friends and family via snailmail. The rest went into the trash. I kept all of the negatives. I need to do a little research to see if I can get those digitally scanned or something. But for now I have a small ziplock baggie that I put the negatives in.
The whole process was a lot of work. But I think it was well worth it. I have a much longer lasting format for the images and they take up no space what so ever.