I struggle to keep track of my digital photo albums. Right now I have hundreds of pictures stored on a jump drive in my closet, a stack of printed photos on my bookshelf, and even more pictures on my 3-year-old laptop—the laptop that probably won’t make it much longer. So, I need a safer place to store my photos. I also need one place to put them all. And even better—a way to categorize each picture so I know who is in it! I am good at labeling folders on my computer, but I have a hard time remembering specifics, such as where I put that picture of the family reunion. (Was it in “Winter 2010”? Or “Family Albums”?)
FHnotebook solves ALL of these problems. You can store and backup all of your photos on our secure servers. Because of this, you can also access your photos from a laptop, your smartphone, tablet, or desktop. And you can keep adding pictures to your FHnotebook. Once you reach your 100 files, upgrade to our Hobbyist plan, which lets you store 1,000 files. And our Genealogist plan gives you 20Gb of storage, or 4,000 files!
Using FHmedia to Collect Pictures
I love knowing exactly where all my digital photos are. But what about my printed photos? Easy: the FHmedia app allows you to scan photographs and documents so you can store them securely with all of your other photos. You can still keep the printed copy, too, for peace of mind. In the app, you can choose the “take a new photo” option or the “scan a document” option. On iOS devices, the scanner has a grid to make it easier to scan documents and end up with straight images. Using FHmedia is great because I can take a photo and immediately upload it onto my FHnotebook. I can even leave a date stamp in the notes section so I know exactly when I took the photo.
Categorizing Pictures, Videos, and Audio Files
What about tagging pictures? FHnotebook can do that, too. I go in to the details view of my image, and I can add organizational labels, or categories, to each picture, as described in the recent Categories post. Here is a specific example for using categories with images: I have a picture of my aunt and her father on the family ranch in Idaho back in the 60s. I took a picture of it using FHmedia, and then organized it on FHnotebook in the notebook reserved for the Higginson family. Then I would further categorize it by tagging it as “ranch,” “Grandpa Higginson,” “Aunt June,” “1960s,” etc. You can add as many categories as you would like. When I forget where I’ve placed that image, I type in “ranch” in the search bar, and all images labeled with the category “ranch” come up. So now when I find any pictures of the family ranch, I add them to the “ranch” category, regardless of the people in the photo or the year it was taken, and I can keep those pictures organized together.
Gathering Audio or Video Recordings
One of the best features of FHmedia is that it can capture audio or video on your smartphone or tablet. For gathering family history research, you can’t find tools more suited to their purpose. It’s easy to create a recording. There is no set up involved; all it takes is selecting “record an interview” or “record movie” and pushing the record button in your FHmedia app. To record quality audio or video files, be sure the ambient noise is low and that the speaker is loud and clear. FHmedia has included a meter to show the volume of the sound you are recording—keep the volume in the yellow and you won’t have recordings that are too quiet or too loud. Then, when you upload the recording, don’t forget to add categories to it to help you remember what was recorded. Once you have the recording, you can play it back, and if you’d like, transcribe it into the notes section of the recording to make it searchable. You can use FHmedia on the go: at home, on the road, or even at a relative’s home.
Further Your Research
FHnotebook is a great tool for gathering your family history research. Be sure to take advantage of these features—they were designed to make gathering and storing photos, videos, and audio recordings easy!
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