Can I just say, I LOVE Historian! I know what you’re thinking, but even though I work for the company, in my humble opinion Historian just has to be the best photo organization software ever. Let me tell you what’s brought on this sudden burst of enthusiasm…
So you know I recently went on an incredible tour through Europe. Needless to say, I took a gazillion photos (yes, that is the technical term) and now I plan to scrap them. Every couple of nights while we were away, I downloaded the photos from my camera’s memory card to my husband’s laptop, and from there uploaded them to the cloud. I didn’t delete them from the memory card, so I had 3 copies in 3 different places. (Back up, back up, back up!) Meanwhile, my hubby was also taking photos with his phone.
Fast forward to us arriving home. One of the first things I did (after having a wonderful sleep in my own bed, that is) was to import all the photos from my memory cards, and from Rob’s phone, into Historian. And that’s when I realised – I hadn’t changed the time on my camera! The whole time I was in Europe, snapping away, the camera thought it was hours later than it really was. Rob’s phone, of course, was set to the correct time, so when I looked at all the photos together in Historian, they were all out of whack with each other. My photos from the morning had times in the mid-afternoon, and those taken in the evening had the next day’s date on them. It was a mess!
What a relief that it’s an absolute snap to fix this in Historian! First I needed to isolate all of my photos – easily done by changing the view to sort by Name instead of Media date. Then I selected all my photos, right clicked and chose Adjust item dates and times, set the time on the first photo to 8 hours earlier, and voila! All the photos magically adjusted themselves to the correct time and date. Actually, not quite correct. My camera wasn’t just in the wrong time zone. I hadn’t checked the time on it for ages, and it was also 17 minutes fast. No problem, that could be fixed too.
With all my photos in the correct order, I could go through them and cull the dud ones, star rate them and add details about names and places. I wanted to get that done asap, before I forgot it all. Comparing the timestamp on the photos to the tour itinerary, the notes I jotted down as we went, my diary, and the maps we picked up, it was easy to identify all the places and add descriptions. Now, using the timeline to narrow the selection to one day’s photos at a time, the star-ratings to see only the scrap-worthy ones, and with the details right there ready to copy and paste into Artisan, my photos are ready to scrap! All I have to do now is create my book. I suspect next month’s blog might be about how much I love Artisan!
Here’s a sneak peek at the first of my photos – now all in order in Historian 🙂