What are the advantages to adding metadata keywords to your pictures? Scanned photos could potentially preserve old, physical family pictures that would disappear otherwise. And while scanning might preserve your photos, the memories attached to them can disappear over time without added searchable data.
Data about the picture, known as metadata, can be directly added to the image, including keywords. This extra information makes searching for your digital photos easier.
What does Metadata enable you to do?
Find your Photos Immediately:
Metadata enables you to access the photo you need, when you need it, cutting out the process of sifting through hundreds or even thousands of photos first. Preserving your pictures means scanning and adding searchable keywords to them for easier retrieval later on. This also enables future generations to find and understand their context.
Better Sorting and Accessibility:
Finding your grandmother’s old photos from, say, her wedding, isn’t easy when you don’t know the specific date. Metadata and keywords that add more information to pictures will allow you to access these memories. These can be organized in order of date and allow you to access only relevant photos, regardless of where they are located. This also helps in cases of having limited information about an event but still needing access to pictures from it.
No Need to Waste Time Organizing:
Proper organization is important when it comes to photos. Most of us know what it takes to physically organizing photos, but most of us simply don’t have the time to organize and name every individual photo. Digital files and photographs offer options that aren’t possible with physical pictures.
Using Metadata to Preserve History:
The majority of print photos are going to vanish unless they become digitized – but even if they do, without metadata, you won’t have the digital keywords that provide context. What’s the point of looking at photos without information that makes them relevant to us?
Scanned photo files allow us to save the names of people captured in photos, as well as provide descriptions for the event. Without this extra information, even if the photo does survive, the memories will be gone.
Everyone who has old family photos will see some unknown individuals in them. As generations pass, people find it harder and harder to recognize relatives or people without context.
You might have several unnamed and unmarked portraits from your great-grandparents’ families. Did they emigrate from Europe to the United States in the early 1800s or late 1800s? Without the relevant information or word of mouth from a relative, you can only guess.
Avoiding Ambiguity and Mystery:
If you make it a point to describe and name the people and events in the pictures, you can avoid this tragic ambiguity and mystery surrounding family history. Faces without names, even when they are scanned, wouldn’t mean very much to people in the future. We now have the technology needed to avoid this, unlike the generations before us.
Because of this, we can add descriptions and names to the photo file itself. This information allows us to pass along our ancestors’ legacy, making it easier for our future relatives to find meaning in their history.
Videos and Photographs Make Life Understandable:
People fade from this world as they always have, but photo documentation and information allows them to stay relevant to those who care to know. Without this, they are gone forever. You can change this by applying metadata and keywords to photos, preserving and respecting the memory of people from the past.