In a busy About Time festival program, the Photo workshop: Care of prints and Digital Images proved popular with the maximum number of bookings received (25) and half that number again on a waiting list for next time we can offer the session. Participants included people working with museum collections and people seeking advice on managing their personal collections of photographs, often collected as part of family history research. It was an enthusiastic group with plenty of questions to ask and knowledge and experience to share as well.
The first section of the workshop looked at handling and storing hard copy photos –what factors play a role in the deterioration of photographs and how to minimise those impacts. Then we looked at creating and storing digital images, including digitising with cameras and scanners, what to look for when choosing equipment for digitisation, formats to save digital images in and storage and migration of files.
We received lots of really useful feedback following the session about how people would like the information to be presented and what areas of photo care and digitisation were of most interest and use. So, we are reworking the workshop to put a stronger focus on digitisation processes and planning – how to decide how to digitise, how to name and store files, working out how to digitise – along with how to handle items during digitisation and ways to store originals. We hope to offer the workshop again later in the year.