Don't you hate these web sites where people drone on and on to
people they've never met. What's the point of that?
Actually, what I'm doing is the photo archive project from hell. I
have thousands of images (most of them sprawled across my desk)
because I have this disease called shutter megalitis. It
means once the camera is out it takes various medications to put it
away. The result is storage issues. And what's the point of having
these if you never look at them.
I made the mistake of opening up a box and recalled a bunch of
scenes long since forgotten (some worth forgetting). Wouldn't it be a
good idea to organize them? (The answer is no, shoeboxes are
fine). Wouldn't it be a good idea to scan them in before the chromes
shift? (The answer to this is also no, color correction technology is
progressing). Wouldn't it be a good idea to get them on line to
harrass your friends (This one is yes).
Unfortunately I came to the conclusion that this was a worthwhile
hobby despite my good advice. I'm now in the middle of a major
timesink. You get your hands on a scanner only to realize you really
don't know how to use one. There's scanning and then there's
scanning and this means a lot of re-scans. Only if you are a
digital freak who keeps up on rec.photo.digital do you have any idea
what I'm talking about. Then there's photoshop, which requires another
lifetime of investment to figure out and only when enlightenment has
been achieved can you save time by using off the shelf plugins. Many
photos displayed here represent the journey. Then there's the
database aspect and only if you are or have been a programmer do you
venture out on your own here.
The problem with any photo database, off the shelf or home grown,
is that they always contain a description field so that you can recall
what it is in the first place. This, as you might imagine, requires
you have a good memory. So, you jot down notes here and there to be
formatted and stuffed into sql (I did say I was a programmer) and with
a little formatting and color the next thing you know you have one of
these annoying web sites no one really reads (the 60k or so hits
probably can all be explained by having tom.net).
This site is really the digital darkroom run amuck. Writing gives
me something to do while waiting for that last slide in the batch to
complete. This provides me an outlet to jot down my rambling
observations of the world around me which I will never really
understand. Just cruising with the flow.
One of these days, after my desk is all clean again, around the
year 2030, I'll be able to teach a course on digital photography.