Jessica Art Blog
I__™m currently going through the process of resorting all the pictures on the computer, something I find both tedious and fascinating.
Tedious because I did this already (see practical pitfalls below).
Fascinating because I do (I confess) enjoy looking at my own photos and those my family has taken over the years, and because I enjoy trying to figure out what to call something: Does it belong in ___fruits___ because it has an orange in it or does it belong in ___just stuff___ (my favorite category) because the orange is lying in the gutter?
In reality, I don__™t spend too long pondering the question because the answer is usually ___both.___
Which leads to the practical pitfalls and pleasures of sorting.
I currently use Picasa to help keep track of my pictures. With Picasa, I can keep the pictures saved by date, which I prefer. However, I can also tag them by location__"I hope to do some year-round sequences of some places, and by whatever other category I choose. It helps me keep track of the pictures mentally (what with one thing and another I have a lot, of varying quality) and also physically: Sometimes, I want to find a particular picture and knowing what I have tagged it under helps locate it. Saving things multiple times in dfiferent folders stopped being a viable option a while back; there are simply too many of them and it takes too much space.
That said, I__™d still like a better method of sorting, mentally and mechanically. I__™m currently resorting pictures because, as I recently learned, Picasa doesn__™t tag pictures by album. Therefore, if they are moved, say to another drive, all categorizing is lost. Tagging them by keyword apparently leaves a more permanent mark, and that is one part of what I am doing now. So does backing them up using Picasa rather than simply burning them on disk, something I__™m also doing (Did I mention that I am a firm believer in backups?).
Anyway, if anyone has a better, or even just a different, method of keeping track, I would love to hear about it!
It feels decidedly odd to have most of my images in such an ephemeral, unstable form: They are pictures to me and digits to the computer___
Oh, on a brighter note: My favorite category really is ___just stuff_____"the pictures that belong in no special niche but were simply too fun or quirky to pass up. Hopefully, I__™ll start posting more of those soon.