An image created by the interaction of visible light with chemicals to create a change which can be preserved semi-permanently. Photo is a contraction of photograph, a word coined from greek roots to mean "drawing with light".

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How can I identify people in 20th-century photo albums once the older relatives are gone?

My husband and I, and our siblings, are now the oldest generation in our families. We have photos which have been discovered or have come down to us when our parents died. I have another friend who ...
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When archiving photos, what scan quality should you typically import them at?

There are no shortage of things you can do to photos when you scan them in for archival purposes. You can set the scan resolution, the file's DPI, and you can even post process them to enhance them to ...
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How to label old photographs?

I found about 400 old family photographs in a box, most of the displayed relatives can't be identified. I created a spreadsheet where every image will get a line, I’ll add the studio then, the size, ...
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Digitizing old self adhesive photo albums

I have a ton of old self adhesive photo albums that I want to digitize. Most tutorials I find recommend removing the photos, but the albums are old enough that the adhesive has dried so if I remove ...
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What was Sargent Studio?

I found six photos of my Grandfather in his military uniform that have the text "Sargent Studio - Rough Proof - Must Be Returned". What is Sargent Studio? My grandfather served in the USAF. He's the ...
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What is the best way to clean old photographs?

I have some old photos that have smudges of dirt and other unknown stuff on them. These are the things that I have done to try to improve them: White eraser (this has worked okay). Soft cloth ...
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Preferred file format to exchange images

I have some old pictures that I want to scan and make available, with all the information that I have about them (like who's in the picture, where it was taken, and so on). What's the best file ...
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photo/picture framing

I have a watercolour of an English scene done by my grandmother in 1929. It was framed by T.N. Ahuja & Co in Rangoon. The back appears to be lead! Is there something exciting lurking behind or was ...
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Identifying Blenkinsopp-Leaton family photos

We have family photos. The family name was Blenkinsopp-Leaton. Throughout the 1800's, the family was very wealthy and lived in Northern England. None of the photo's have any names, but are obviously ...
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Passing on our data

Everyone here will have thought about the longevity of our data, including related artefacts such as photographs, documents, letters. What is the best approach for preserving this and ensuring that it ...
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Do photocopiers deteriorate photos and documents worse than scanners?

I think that both deteriorate the originals, but is photocopying worse than scanning? Both use lights (and flashes on cameras are said to be bad) in the process. Can anyone explain the difference ...
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What is an effective way to record a photo's annotations?

I have old family photos, some with info written on the back or on a bit of paper included behind the photo in a frame (e.g. date, event description, and/or people in the photo). What's an effective ...