As your research progresses, your collection of family photos and documents grows into an archive. In addition, you will likely want to share both your research and items from your archive as published histories. One of the first issues to be addressed in the display and distribution of your archives and publications is copyright. In reference to building an online personal archive, there are two concerns. First, do you have the necessary rights to the items you want to include in your archive, and second, what rights do you want to assign to the items you publish? Full Story
Using DropBox to Backup and Share your Important Files – or Why I Don’t Bother Carrying a Flash Drive Anymore
Despite all of the features, I rarely use my pile of USB drives anymore except when I need to use one to boot a broken computer – all because of DropBox.
The first photo immediately below was scanned from small, 3 x 5 inch photo. As you can see the original is badly creased and torn. After spending some time with Adobe Photoshop, here is the first pass at removing some of the most obvious defects: (Click on the images to get a full size view). Full Story
In a past episode of Who Do You Think You Are, Susan Sarandon carried around a old laminated photo of her grandmother. With today’s technology, she could have had the old photo scanned and restored, however, that was never mentioned in the episode. Neither did they mention, later on in the hour, that the other photos she found could be easily digitally copied. I am sure that almost everyone realizes that any photograph can be digitized and the digital copies of old photos can be edited to “restore” them. Of course, there are limitations. Missing information in the photo cannot be restored. But the appearance of the photo can be digitally enhanced and some obscure parts made more visible. Full Story
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the seriesRestore Damaged Photgraphs
Weeks after hurricane Sandy struck the coast of New York, victims are still trying to find some sense of stability in their world that was turned upside down. Homes were destroyed and in many cases, folks lost nearly all they owned. As home owners searched through what remained of their life possessions, a lucky few were able to salvage some of their family keepsakes. Though badly damaged by salt water, dirt and mildew, some were able to reclaim lost photographs of loved ones. Some photos were found washed ashore on Staten Island. Local news papers posted them in hopes that owners would identify them and reclaim them. Full Story