Digital Imaging Essentials: Techniques and tips for Genealogists and Family Historians - Australian edition
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 152 pages
Author: G. Rasmussen
Other: b&w photos, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past
Genealogists use digital imaging technology every day with cameras, scanners, saving files, sharing records and so on. But what you do not know about it, can harm your digital treasures. This book fills the need for a comprehensive, easy-to-read guide, with step-by-step instructions and illustrations to learn how to digitize, organise, preserve, share, and backup your digital collections.
From the very first page you will notice that this book is much more than a boring instructional manual - it is full of real-life examples that not only teach you the right buttons to push, but it thoroughly explains how to get the most of your digital imaging experience. AND this book is written specifically for genealogists!
There are some books that are meant for the coffee table, however this book belongs with you at your computer. In it you will learn:
- The do-it-right-the-first-time techniques of scanning old documents, and snapping pictures with your digital camera.
- How to finally get organized so that you can locate any digital image in under a minute.
- Which file formats and file saving techniques to use to properly preserve your digital images.
- How to use Adobe's Photoshop Elements and Google's Picasa with illustrated, step-by-step instructions and learn about other software choices.
- How to privately or publicly share your images and videos via printing, emailing, Dropbox, CDs, DVDs, or online via cloud technology.
- How to access your digital media from any Internet-connected device including your smart phone or tablet.
- How to develop a backup strategy to protect your collections from digital disaster.
So if you are ready to take your digital pictures to the next level, go ahead, open the book, and have fun!
1. A digital image is ...
2. Before you digitise
3. Scanners, cameras, wi-fi, mi-fi, and eye-fi
4. Photo software
5. How to import from your scanner or camera
6. Before editing the picture
7. Auto-editing techniques
8. Editing: Advanced tips and techniques
9. Getting organised
11. Backup strategies
Note: this 'Australian edition' is the same as the original book, but has been printed locally in Australia, and the text has been adapted for Australians.
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I am a learner to genealogy and found this book very useful. It has given me useful tips in starting and storing my work
A bit disappointed in this large sized book. It could have been set out a lot better and reducing the number of pages by using wrapping text around images. Some pages have large amounts of white areas while others don’t where wrapping text had been used.
The information within the book is useful especially for anyone starting out. I used the book as a refresher. I had hoped I’d gain more from this book but sadly I didn’t. I do understand that the book was published some time ago and some information is now out of date e.g. page 33 refers to Eye-Fi which sadly has become unavailable since 01 December 2018. I haven’t check all links within the book so don’t know if there are others that have become obsolete.
There are some good scanning tips mentions so I did learn something. Chapter 9 “Getting Organised” has some handy hints too.
The book appears to be American but has been adjusted for the Australian market which is probably a good thing considering it does mention on page 110 Australian photo printing services.
Within the book, the author does talk about their use of Photoshop Elements and Picasa. There are lots of references to both of these programs. I did a Google search on Picasa and have found it has been discontinued. Refer to this link for more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picasa
Easy to understand, clear instructions on scanning, printing, emailing and organising my entire digital library. I love this book.