We've Come A Long Way Baby!
Carnival of Genealogy, 42nd Edition
My 411 On Technology
Well, at least some of us have come a long way and others are sticking to their guns. Terry Thornton of Hill Country swears by his pens, pencils, and paper; and I think he's on to something. There is a connect between the movement of the hand and the brain (I was taught that in some class, and no I don't remember which one because I took notes on my laptop and there obviously was no brain connect).
As for me, "I love the smell of technology in the morning." So let me tell you which piece of hardware I use every day and can't live without, other than my trusty bug-free shiny new impossibly wonderful iMac (yes, I love my Mac).
That piece of hardware would be my Epson Photo scanner. I scan photos every single day; my family history photos and those contained in what is becoming a vast collection of "Orphan Photographs."
I import those photographs into Photoshop CS2 and they go from the scanner to my computer screen.
I scan the front and back of every photograph in color in the Photoshop native format. I digitally restore those that are damaged and save the restored image as an uncompressed TIFF keeping the native format as well. (There is more to my scanning process than this.) Here is an example of my digital restoration.
Now that vast collection of orphaned photographs should have given you a clue as to the web site where I hang out. It's the "There's Nothing Good On eBay?" site. And if you knew my real name you'd see that several eBay sellers leave notes for me in the photo descriptions. I also hit the family Bibles, genealogy books, and any thing else that takes my fancy.
Ahh, the internet is a wonderful place! Oh, and Randy (Genea-Musings), my husband calls me Techno-Babe rather than Maven.
New England Telephone and Telegraph Co. “[A Telephone Operator.]” Photograph. Washington, D.C., c1911. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/I?ils:5:./temp/~pp_idPk::displayType=1
iucpub,tgmi,lamb: 25 February 2008).
Vintage photograph of "young girl with glasses" in possession of the author.
Under the Fair Use Doctrine the photograph of the scanner, Photoshop box, and computer were acquired from Amazon.com, altered and a new photograph created for demonstration purposes. Think this will work, Craig?