I wasn’t kidding

I think I mentioned that I have a staggering amount of images and material from my Scotland trip. Trying to make time to go through it and make some sense of them has taken a huge effort – it’s just an intimidating amount of stuff.

How much? I tallied it up a few days ago. About 700 images all told. Nearly 250 from the British Museum. Most of these ones are too dark to tell what they are, until you futz with them in Photoshop. THEN it’s possible to tell whether they are useful reference images. (a few are beyond help – ie out of focus, blurred, or just too dark)

First pass of the museum pics is complete, transcribed into two reference docs. Day one ended up about 33 pages of transcribed text and 118 potential images (from 155 original photos). Day two closed out at about 17 pages of transcribed text and 58 potential images (from 91 originals).

Yeah okay, no wonder this is taking awhile. O_o
Been at it here and there for the last few months, and pushing pretty hard the last week. NOW it’s in a format I can actually work with. I can see what I’ve got and what I might want to use – and more importantly, I have the annotations of what the hell I’m looking at.

The other 450 images are in better shape (and a lot are irrelevant to the talk). So at this point I can just pull a good one from here and there and call it good. I only have to fill about an hour for my lecture. Obviously the challenge here is going to be paring it down to something useful and relevant to the audience – but I knew was always the case. Still I’m very glad that I still have a few days to get it polished up. I’ve already put in a LOT of hours on this.

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4 Responses to “I wasn’t kidding”

  1. tjart January 12, 2010 at 5:36 am Permalink

    In Photoshop, under the file menu there’s an option called Automate. in that menu is the option: “batch…” when combined with a custom action it can do wondrous things to an entire folder of images.

    make a backup of your images and play with the feature, I’m sure you could salvage a lot of your images w/o much time spent.

    • Peggy January 12, 2010 at 6:37 am Permalink

      Yeah, I poked at that for a while… will give it another look though. Thanks.

  2. cookinghamus January 12, 2010 at 7:24 am Permalink

    Could be worse. You could be a camp photographer for Burning Man. :)

    • Peggy January 12, 2010 at 7:32 am Permalink

      Yes but you have nice toys that take not-garbage photos…