Genealogy Photo Editing, Care and Repair is a course designed for genealogists who want to learn how to repair or preserve old photos and documents. You'll learn the most common kinds of damage to expect, and how to stop the progression. You'll learn about storage materials, what to use and what can cause further damage. And you'll also learn some easy techniques to repair digital copies of your photos and documents, and make them look like new.
Environment is one of the biggest causes of damage, and you'll learn why the basement or attic is the worst choice for storing your fragile paper items.
Before we can begin repairing and editing your photos or documents, you will need to digitize them. You'll learn how to use a scanner, camera, smartphone or hand-held scanner for digitizing.
Then you'll need some image editing software to repair the damage to your digitized images. We'll review some different software packages, and you'll get links to several. Some are freeware and some paid. You can download the freeware, or demos of the paid versions, and use them for this course.
With these tools you'll be ready to start repairing your photos. There are tutorials to show you how to make different corrections and which tools to use. The course includes several images that you can practice on until you learn to use the editing tools and are confident enough work on your own photos.
As usual, my courses come with a detailed textbook that contains all of the links I refer to, and other downloads that you can use for the exercises or further study.
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Learn what causes damage to your photos and how to prevent this from happening; some methods of treating damage; storage methods; types of archival materials; temperatures and relative humidity for storing different photo items, and more about preserving and caring for your photographs, negatives, film, transparencies, slides, and documents.
These resources cover beyond the scope of this course, but there are many things you might find useful. Some of these links discuss topics that are covered in this course in more detail or for other uses.
All about scanning and scanners, formats (tif, raw, png, psd, jpg, gif,) resolution (dpi or dots per inch) and why the monitor image doesn't match the printed image size. You'll learn scanner settings, save procedures, and what format to save inn work in and store in.
Practice activities to help reinforce what is covered in Section 2.
You'll need a photo editor for this course. Some are free, some paid. So, before you commit to paying for one, learn what you need and how to compare software.
This lecture simply presents a list of image editing software, and instructs you to visit the websites and compare these program, then choose one to use for the rest of the course. Some are freeware, some are demos, and others are paid.
You'll evaluate the image editing software presented and choose one to use in this course. The goal is to know what kinds of software is available, and how to evaluate and choose the features you need to accomplish you own goals,
Review and prepare to edit. Download some practice photos.
This video demonstrates how to make some common repairs to an old document that's been digitized. Replace a missing corner; repair cracked emulsion; clean up blemishes and background splotches.
Tutorial showing how to improve a photocopy of a photo image to make it look more like a photo.
This tutorial shows how to repair damage using several different tools, and ends with converting an image from sepia to black and white.
This final assignment ask you to try to duplicate some of the corrections demonstrated in the tutorials. Extra photos have other challenges if you'd like to work on those, also. When confident of how to use the tools in your editing software, and how to scan and save your documents, you're ready to start editing your own photos and documents.
I began working on my family genealogy in the mid 1980s, picking up where my Mom left off. Soon, I learned that my cousin had picked up where his Mom left off, and we combined our trees. My first challenge was a brick wall: who were my maternal great-grandparents and why did they put their children in an orphanage. My next challenge was a family legend about how the Hearst empire took ownership of my great-great-uncle's Homestake Mines. While the legends were far more exciting than the facts, it turned out to be a very interesting story, anyway.
Since then, we've uncovered the truth behind family legends and revealed our ancestors adventurous lives so thoroughly that we just published one biography in a local history publication, and are planning a few more writings.
Through research, I was invited to start genealogy clubs and teach genealogy through local history museums and community educations programs. When searching for further education on family history research I discovered there were no ancestry related courses on Udemy, and thought there just needed to be a few. So, I am adapting my classroom courses to Udemy's online format, and hope to maintain the "Genealogy Research Group" relationships through Udemy's discussion board that accompanies each course.
Please join us for the adventure that's literally "of your life."