HOLDER-Brisco Washington - 1906 - RomeGA.jpg
When naming a group photo, however, it isn't practical to list all the names of the people pictured, is it? The file name could be huge and not necessarily easy to find later.
When naming a digital image downloaded and saved from an online database, you might try this:
WILSON Family-1900 US Census-Mecklenburg County NC.jpg
However, if you have a multiple page document, you will download it and save it one page at a time. For example:
WILSON-Lenora Lydia Patterson-Will-1914-Page1.jpg
WILSON-Lenora Lydia Patterson-Will-1914-Page2.jpg
WILSON-Lenora Lydia Patterson-Will-1914-Page3.jpg
And what about a newspaper clipping? How much information do you include in the filename?
Filenames are not necessarily the most efficient way to organize and document your digital images. Fortunately, however, there are other ways to organize information about and in the images. One way is by using Metadata.
A two-part article in the RootsTech Blog describes what Metadata is and how to add it to your digital images.
- Part 1: https://www.rootstech.org/blog/adding-metadata-to-your-digital-photos
- Part 2: https://www.rootstech.org/blog/metadata-basics-how-to-keep-your-stories-alive-digitally
Take some time to read and understand Metadata. You'll open up a new way to add data to your images.