Other People’s Pictures

I enjoy taking pictures. I even like to tag the pictures I take and have spent a good amount of time going back and tagging old pictures (forward from 1999 to about 2004 and backward from early 2007 to 2005, with much of the ones since 2007 done as well). What I don’t really like is culling my photos — I have a hard time deleting photos that aren’t simply bad.

But worse than that (or so I thought) is trying to go through other people’s pictures, which is what I’m having to do now. I listed my self as available for volunteer photography at my kids’ school, but I’ve never gotten around to taking the required ethics class to be able to actually volunteer on campus. Instead (or possibly unrelated), my wife apparently volunteered me to a bunch of project photos from all of the classes (PK-8, 2 classes per grade) and make a video/slideshow out of them. Step one is to weed cull the photos and, as I mentioned, this is not an activity that I relish.

What I have found, though, is it is actually much easier than when working with my own photos. I don’t have any problem deleting a good photo if it doesn’t fit what I need or if it is effectively a duplicate. I also don’t feel the need to touch-up the photos — which is really a separate issue. Now I just have to actually get all the work done by Friday — Thursday would be better — as the video is needed for an event on Saturday and we’re leaving for Disney World on Friday.

Not gonna happen tonight, though — I’m going to bed.



  1. #1 by whall on November 18, 2008 - 10:30 am

    adding keywords to pictures is an awesome thing, but I never find myself taking the appropriate time to do it.

    whalls last blog post..Get yersome some


  2. #2 by Giggle Pixie on November 18, 2008 - 12:37 pm

    Ugh, that does sound like a chore. Copious amounts of Starbucks ought to help you through it though. 🙂

    Giggle Pixies last blog post..Disenchanted


  3. #3 by Ren on November 18, 2008 - 2:27 pm

    whall, it has certainly come in handy several times when I’ve wanted to search for something. I just wish Gallery2 (or the tag plugin) allowed for searching on multiple tags.

    Giggle Pixie, actually, what’s been particularly helpful for this project is that my kids enjoy helping me sort through the pictures. Also, they’re better at it for this project as they know many of the kids in the pictures (small school, so they know kids across most grade levels) and can therefore find excessive representation more quickly.

    An extra problem is that I don’t actually have pictures from all of the classes yet….


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