My photo project is finally done! I don’t think I’ve talked about it on the blog at all yet, so you probably had no idea that I was even doing a photo project. So what was I doing? Long, long ago, (I think it was in 2014…maybe earlier than that) I had gotten all of my physical photos scanned in. (Originally I was going to spend the hours scanning them myself, until Nick helped me to realize how crazy that idea was…especially since there were very reasonably priced Groupons to be had out there.) And long, long ago, I had imported all of the photos into my computer and started organizing them. And, as you can imagine, years of organizing photos while adding new photos to the mix made a big mess. (It didn’t help that when I started this project, I was using Aperture, and I’ve since had to switch to Lightroom.)
But it’s finally done! All the duplicates have been removed. The photos I don’t even know why I had (pictures of someone else’s dog that I must have been given when I was younger) are gone. And everything is in chronological order…sort of. I thought that all photos from back in the day were stamped with the date, but it turns out that they weren’t. I also thought that they were all stamped with the date they were taken, but it appears that they are more likely stamped with the date that they were developed. And my family was not the best at getting our film used and developed in a timely manner…So I had to rely on my memory of when things happened. So I have most things in a general order. Had I really sat down and stuck with this project when the photos were first scanned, I probably would have remembered more about the order…maybe. But after spending a lot of time working on this, I have finally gotten myself to where I don’t really care. As long as they around the right time, it’s good enough for me. And everything is tagged now, so it should be really easy to find things in the future. And, I am already really good about tagging everything new that I’ve been adding to the catalogue, so I should hopefully never have to go through all of this again! Hooray!
One good thing about this project was seeing all of the photos that I took while I was in school. Some of them looked good, but others weren’t that amazing. And after staring at them for hours, moving ahead to seeing the photos that I’ve taken recently, I could easily see how much I’ve improved. Score!
I also realized how much of a photo hoarder I am. (Do I really need tons of photos that are out of focus?) I wish I could tell you that those are all deleted and out of the catalog, but mental problems can’t be fixed in a day people! Honestly, I do still have some blurry photos, but I did delete a bunch of them, so that’s good. And the ones that I kept are mostly for the memory, since there wasn’t a better picture.
When going through all of my photos, I came across the photo above, and it made me smile. Back when I was in school, any time I had to set up lights or any sort of still life, Willow was right there, inserting herself into the picture. For awhile I really thought she wanted to have her photo taken…then I realized that she just liked the really warm lights. It’s sad I no longer have my little assistant, but I’m glad I have a lot of photos of her!