Friday, January 01, 2016

The Digital Shoebox : How to Organize, Find, and Share Your Photos by Sarah Bay Williams

Digital literacy impacts us every day. Anyone who uses a device such as a smartphone, an iPad or a digital camera uses digital technology. The Virginia Beach Public Library offers digital archives, computer classes, tech help and downloadables. Consider the best case scenario for digital literacy—your public library—where you can have access to these and more. 

I like the downloadable The Digital Shoebox, primarily because while I am reading it, I can click on the web links in it or use Overdrive’s search feature to jump to topics in the text. The author, Sarah Bay Williams, has extensive knowledge of photo organization and retrieval. As photo coordinator for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and presenter of the annual Academy Awards, she has hands on photography experience.

The most helpful things I learned were: how to set the internal clock on a digital camera; how to set up a standardized filing system by year and month; always make copies when altering a photo and keep the originals intact; keep a digital, online or paper calendar to record events as a photo reference. Williams covers camera settings, how to print and copyright information, also. 

The tone of The Digital Shoebox is conversational rather than technical. You can check it out and read it in your browser with Overdrive Read or download it to your device and read it later.

I suggest How to Archive Family Photos : A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally by Denise S. May-Levenick if you like a traditional book format. You can learn scanning techniques, how to make a digital photo collage of your ancestors, and how to create projects with your smartphone or tablet. 

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