Old pictures are fun because they bring back lots of memories. It’s funny how we mostly remember the good things about most memories. Memories are the primary driver for me when I go back into my childhood pictures and decide to scan some and make them digital. I have hundreds of pictures from when I was a child. Even though I would like to scan all of them, I usually pick a few to scan and then forget about it for a while. Organizing old scanned pictures is the same as organizing current picture, at least for me. I get many questions however about organizing scanned pictures, and so i’ll describe here how I organize them.
Scan pictures in groups related to the same time period
My wife and I have quite a few old pictures of our families: parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins…you get the picture…I have a large family with lots of pictures. The best way to approach the organization of these scanned pictures is to group them by approximate time…I mean large approximation.
I usually pick a group of pictures that have to do with similar time period. And I mean roughly similar…more like: “these are pictures from the 70s and these are pictures from 80s”. Unless you have more clues written on the back of your pictures (or somewhere else), it’s really hard to determine the date and place of an old picture. Unless of course you have a grandmother that remembers every detail about every old picture.
Sometimes the content of the pictures triggers memories that help me remember more details about the date and place, but those pictures are not too many. When I run into pictures from a particular event, I put them all together in a folder and create a precise folder name (Read How should you name your folders?)
My folder structure for old scanned pictures
I create folders just like I would create folders for current pictures (Download my book to learn how to create efficient folders and keywords). The only difference is that I place them in the higher level folder called
VLAD. All the current pictures I place in
FAMILY. My wife’s old pictures when she was a child I place in her own folder where I create similar folders for the years.
VLAD 1970 1970s-childhood (pictures scattered all over the 1970s) 1979-12-first-day-of-school (a few pictures from this event I remember) 1980 1980s-childhood FAMILY 2008 2009 2010
So, what’s different about scanned images?
There is not much difference between scanned images and regular images with two notable differences
Scanned images are just like regular pictures with two minor differences. One difference is the way you import them in your computer and the second difference is that it’s very hard to remember the time and place of old pictures.
The fact that you don’t know the time and circumstances of these pictures will force you to group them generically by long time spans. This is the most important difference between scanned images and current regular pictures. That’s it !
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