Photo display and history notes

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Peter James, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. Peter James

    Peter James Guest

    I'm scanning under Windows 7, some photographs that belonged to my
    mother-in-law and date back to the 1880's.

    Can anyone recommend a Photographic Library/Display to run under W7 that
    would allow me to attach a file of brief history notes to each
    photograph for archival purposes.

    Some of these photos go back to the days of the Royal Navy anti slavery
    patrols off the African coast, so they are of historical value.
    The majority are portraits and I need to ID each photograph in a way
    that is easily accessible.

    Peter
     
    Peter James, Sep 5, 2013
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    Rob Morley Guest

    On Thu, 5 Sep 2013 07:52:54 +0100
    Sounds like you want IPTC tags - this is a metadata format that allows
    you to add comments to JPEG images (and others), that are incorporated
    in the actual JPEG file. Many photo utilities will do it - check the
    one with your scanning software, or use something like IrfanView:
    Image->Information->IPTC Info. opens a tab where you can add the
    comment.
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 5, 2013
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  3. Peter James

    Huge Guest

    One caution; you need to be very careful when subsequently manipulating
    the files that whatever you're using understands IPTC tags, otherwise
    you may lose them.
     
    Huge, Sep 5, 2013
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  4. Peter James

    Rob Morley Guest

    Good advice.
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 5, 2013
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  5. Peter James

    Peter James Guest

    Many thanks for the tip and the subsequent warning about IPTC. I'll
    have a look at Irfan View.

    Peter
     
    Peter James, Sep 5, 2013
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    Adam Funk Guest

    Are these significantly different from the comments you can put in
    EXIF data?
     
    Adam Funk, Sep 5, 2013
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  7. Peter James

    Rob Morley Guest

    There's a lot of overlap, but I think EXIF is more about technical
    details of how an image was created, while IPTC is more about content
    and attribution. I think EXIF would be largely irrelevant to scans of
    old "wet" photos.
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 5, 2013
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  8. Peter James

    Adam Funk Guest

    EXIF is mainly for technical stuff, but there are also free-text
    fields for comments. Some of the GNU/Linux programs use them.

    (IME, scanned photos come with a small amount of technical info in the
    EXIF: usually scanner model & timestamp.)
     
    Adam Funk, Sep 10, 2013
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  9. Peter James

    Rob Morley Guest

    I know, when I wrote "I think" I was stating preference, not doubt.
    Indeed, there are various EXIF fields that might be useful to have in a
    scanned image, such as dither, but I don't think they get used much.
     
    Rob Morley, Sep 10, 2013
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    Adam Funk Guest

    Fair enough! All the tools I'm familiar with handle EXIF....
     
    Adam Funk, Sep 10, 2013
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