Scanning and organizing photos

December 3, 2006 at 10:35 pm 2 comments

I recently decided to scan all the pictures in my photo albums and also the envelopes full of loose pictures. With my digital photos, I have a fairly simple way of keeping pictures together in a way that’s meaningful to me – which is a big help when I’m looking for a specific image.

But with scanned images I don’t have the date when the photo was taken (instead it’s the scan date) or what the event was, if either of those things are even known. I’ve been using flickr for a long time and tagging my scanned photos (ala flickr) seemed like the way to go. By tagging the photos with who/what/where/why I could get to the photos I needed quickly, and I could put all the photos in one folder and not care about naming conventions – which would be a huge chore when scanning in hundreds and hundreds of photos.

So, how can I tag my photos and see them by their tags? I only came up with two choices: Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 (APSE) and Microsoft Digital Image Suite (MDIS). You can download trial versions of both packages – 30 days for Adobe and 60 days for Microsoft.

After trying out both packages, I’ve decided to go with Microsoft Digital Image Suite.

While both packages have the features I’m looking for, photo editing (for touching up the scans) and tagging; I’m going with Microsoft’s product. I like the MDIS interface better, it worked better for me during the long process of scanning, correcting, and tagging my photos. While both packages offer extras like making photo albums and slideshows, Microsoft kept the main tools I needed in front and kept the rest out of my way.

Once the photos are scanned and tagged, it’s quite a powerful way to look at my photos.


Entry filed under: Photography, Review, Software.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanie  |  December 7, 2006 at 1:56 am

    You so mart

  • 2. Christine  |  December 11, 2006 at 8:41 am

    I loved the way you put those photos together into slide shows. Darn it, now I’m going to have to do the same thing!!! Um…when I have time, that is…sigh!


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