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Best Practices for Managing and Organizing Digital Images

Using DigiKam for archival pictures

digiKam is an image management tool available for Windows, Linuz and IOs users. It supports all major formats from all major DSLR camera manufacturers.

digiKam allows you to organize, preview, download/delete photos from your camera/usb key and enhance your images.

Import Photos in DigiKam

digiKam will automatically recognize if a flash drive or camera is plugged in. 

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The import dialog box offers several features that allow you to configure the import operation. The File Renaming Options allows you to define a custom rule which renames all incoming photo while you import.

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Batch naming works great even for large batches (here 490 files). It is possible to do it with dates, photo numbers (don’t forget to put an extension as _#). Your newly named pictures will be located in whichever file you have chosen.

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Adding metadata

Once your pictures have been uploaded into digiKam, you will see them in the middle of the screen as thumbnails. The tools will be on both side of the screen.

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Batch geotagging

Click on Tools and Edit Geolocation. Select all images to be geolocated and use the search tool to find the exact location of your photos.

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Batch add metadata

You may add all kinds of information to your pictures through the metadata tool: location, author, source, copyright, subject, keywords, title, camera/lense, etc.

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Tip for manuscript pictures. You can add captions to each image that can be a transcription of the text on the image.

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Searching through your images

DigiKam has a very convenient search feature. In the Advanced search mode, you may search your captions, author, date, tags, title, etc.

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Altering your pictures

To enhance the quality of your pictures, you may use many features offered in digiKam such as light and contrast tools. This tools can help you make your pictures more legible. See example below.

 

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Before light and contrast adjustment

 

 

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After light and contrast adjustment

Export your photos

If you are keeping you pictures on your computer, you will not need to export them. Any altering you do on your images will be automatically saved in the file you chose at the beginning.

If you want to export them to other platforms, digiKam offers a wide array of choices: Google Drive, PicasaWeb, Flash, SmugMug, Dropbox, Flickr, Facebook, Imgur, MediaWiki, etc. Select any of these buttons and follow the instructions on the screen. You will need an internet connection at this time.

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