Using iPhoto to Manage Old Pictures You've Scanned

Now that we've been shooting with digital cameras for a while, we're starting to see interest in going back into our archives and digitizing old snapshots too. This process requires some of the same organization as we're already using to keep track of photos on our computer. Plus, there are a few other things to consider that are unique to scanning.

In my Macworld article, Four smart tips for managing scanned photos, I discuss how iPhoto can be an excellent tool for managing recently digitized images. One you add the scan to your library, you can correct the capture date, add location data, and make a few basic image edits too.

You'll also want to think about how you're going to archive this material. One thing that I like to do is organize the original photo in a binder with archival sleeves, and note the file name and location of the digitized version with it. That way, not only can you extend the life of the original print, you always know where the digitized copy is too.

Any of the photo management applications can work for managing scanned photos, Lightroom and Aperture are great examples. But everyone who has a Mac has iPhoto. And even if you're not using it to organize shots from your digital camera, it's a good tool for projects like this.

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I use Aperture for my scanned slides and it does make it very easy to organize them, especially if you take the time to keyword things as you import them. I do keep all my scanned images apart from the Library since once they are in no further images will be added. That also makes it so that if I ever want a nice print of something I know exactly where the original is.

Hi Mark,

Yes, Aperture is a great choice for this type of project. You have so much horsepower available to you once the images are scanned.

Thank you for this awesome article. This is exactly what I needed to read

Hey thank you for all these pics!