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Old 04-10-08, 02:00 AM
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How to remember photo details?

If one takes pictures, and wants to add captions to them in an album after his tour, how does one remember what the picture was about? Does anyone ever find that they have forgotten who that was in their picture or where they were?
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One way to remember is to keep a diary while you are traveling. You could enter specific details about some of the photos that you've taken that day. The diary adds some weight to your luggage, but it packs flat. Just don't let it get wet.
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Originally Posted by Ken in NJ
Just don't let it get wet.
If this is because the ink will run, I learned long ago to avoid using ink for labels in the lab. Most of the roller ball inks are very water soluble and will run right off a paper label on a sample. That's a bad thing, especially if it's your only sample Use pencil. Yes it may smudge and it doesn't look professional but there not much out there short of fire that will destroy it...accidentally, that is

As for remembering photographs, most of mine is just a well trained memory. I don't take a lot of people photos, so I usually don't have to remember names...which I am horrible at. But I do remember locations and I always keep a mileage log so I have the date of when and where I've been. I also have a filing system for my pictures...at least I did for my film pictures. Each photo after it was developed and printed was assigned a letter/number code for the roll and then I would date the back of the photo, add the code and some information on what and where the photo was taken. I've had too many boxes of photos handed to me from dead relatives and told, "Here's Grandpa's pictures.", with no idea of who, what, when and where the photo was taken. At that point you should just burn them and recover the silver

Digital pictures should be easier since you have all the date, time, exposure, ISO, f-stop, etc. with the image. You only need to provide the location. And considering that you may not have to wait weeks to review the photos (it takes a lot of time and money to develop and print 500 photos), you should be able to put it information to the photo relatively quickly.

The only problem is that you've probably taken 2000 photos!
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Some modern digital cameras allow you to record a short voice memo with the picture. Most cameras will display the file name in the preview window so you can make notes [waterproof field notebooks work well].

Having said that I never have any trouble remembering what photos are about so I don't bother making notes.
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I find it generally helpful to take extra photos that serve as context. Eg, if you can see the main street in one photo, then the inside of a pub in the next, you can connect the pub to the town. etc. Lots of photos.

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I use a voice recorder. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a date/time stamp (odd!), or I'd match them up with the times on the pics.

I've heard of folks using the tracking log on a GPS to figure out where they were when they took the picture.
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Write directly on the map.
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REI sells a couple of notebooks made with waterproof paper, like this. You could also get a spiral bound notepad and stick it in a plastic bag for a lot less money.
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Bring along a GPS and synchronize your camera's clock to it. Once you get home you can use one of many software programs to write the latitude and longitude into the meta data of your photos. You can also put them on a map, like this.
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Originally Posted by iain.dalton
If one takes pictures, and wants to add captions to them in an album after his tour, how does one remember what the picture was about? Does anyone ever find that they have forgotten who that was in their picture or where they were?
One remembers because one writes a log every night after the day's ride and says in the log, "Took photos here of such and such" periodically throughout the log.

The photos on my digital camera are in order so I'll remember where this was and that was, and if I'm not quite sure about the next photo, I'll look up the date in my log and read where I was and what I was doing, and that usually triggers my memory.
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A small notebook in 2 ziplock bags worked well for me, and i had 9 days of rain. Normal ink pen inside the second bag. Wrote a small entry each day with a few notes of what i'd seen, that together with the dates from the image information helped me remember where i had seen things.
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Originally Posted by vik
Having said that I never have any trouble remembering what photos are about so I don't bother making notes.
He's got one of them there pornographic memories!
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Take notes at the time you take the photo, either writing in a notebook or if your camera has the voice note feature use that. I make my living from photography and if I didn't write down or voice record the details at the time of the shot I'd never be able to reconstruct the captions later. Sometimes I'll write down GPS coordinates but that's really optional. But good location descriptions can be helpful, i.e. MP 71 on Hwy 14, or Crooked River valley along Izee Paulina Road. Get people's names down, spelled correctly.
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tatoo it on yourself the details....

honestly.... use the camera's voicerecord function if it has one
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Old 04-11-08, 10:51 AM
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With a big memory card you can take plenty of pics; take some for reference, eg signposts, close ups of information boards or maps, whatever to remind you of things.
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One thing that can help memory (together with a journal of some kind, of course) is The Rename. With this program it is easy to rename every picture (with any digital camera) to anything in the EXIF information stored in every picture. I have mine setup to rename pictures to YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.jpg. That way, if I have forgotten where a certain photo was taken, it's quite easy to deduce from surrounding photos where every other photo was taken by knowing how far apart they were taken.

On this year's tour I'm bringing a small GPS tracker in order to make something similar to chrisch's gmap.
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Old 04-20-08, 05:38 AM
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I never write down specifically where a photo was taken (I started to on my first tour, then got bored with it), but I find that a combination of writing a journal and looking at my map can refresh my memory pretty well. There are still occasions when I forget, but I've always got at least a general idea.
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