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Photography: Clues Pictures Hold, Editing, Digitizing and Various Projects
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A picture is worth a thousand words, so photographs are an integral part of telling a story. This course is designed to help students use and identify photographs to document their family history. Students are encouraged to apply the methods in this course to make the best use of their own family photos and/or those of their genealogy clients.

Assignments will focus on practical applications of methods using photographs. Students will learn ways to obtain family photographs, archive them physically and digitally, determine the photographic processes used, date the photographs, and identify people and other details in the images.

Although this course is part of the Professional Development Certificate program, it is suitable for students participating in the Personal Historian program or those with a general interest in family photographs.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Finding Family Photographs
Handling Photographs
 
Storing Photographs
• Separate Storage
 
Digitizing Old Photographs
• Scanners & Digital Cameras
• Scanning Photographs
• Archiving Digital Images
• Naming Computer Folders
• Naming Image Files
• Digital Editing & Enhancement
• Displaying Photographs
 
Recommended Reading
 

Module 2
A Brief History of Photography & Photographic Processes
History of Photography
 
Photographic Processes
• Daguerreotypes
• Ambrotype
• Tintypes
• Albumen Prints
• Cabinet Cards
• Cartes de Visite
• Stereoviews
• Panoramas
• Color Photographs
• Snapshots
• Polaroids
• Image Reversal
• Case Mounting (Union Cases)
• Backdrops
 
Recommended Reading
 

Module 3
Analyzing The Photograph Content
 
Provenance
• Where was the photograph found?
• How & when was the photograph taken?
• Who took the photograph & where?
• Who is in the photograph?
• What is in the photograph?
• Why was the photograph taken?
 
Post-Mortem Photography
Recommended Reading
 

Module 4
Date Photographs Using Clothing Styles, 1839-1950s
 
Analyzing Clothing in Photographs
• How People Use Clothing
• Womenís Clothing
• Menís Clothing
• Asian Clothing
• African-American Clothing
• Native American Clothing
• Military Uniforms
• Childrenís Clothing
 
Recommended Reading
 

Module 5
Date Photographs Using Hairstyles, 1839-1950s
Hairstyles
 
Womenís Hairstyles
• The Romantic Era
• The Victorian & Edwardian Eras
• Hair Coloring
• The Bob
• 1930s
• 1940s
• 1950s
• Asian Hairstyles
• Native American Hairstyles
• African-American Hairstyles
 
Menís Hairstyles
• 1920s
• 1930s
• 1940s
• 1950s
• Asian Hairstyles
• Native American Hairstyles
• African-American Hairstyles
 
Childrenís Hairstyles
Recommended Reading
 

Module 6
Identifying Faces in Photographs & Artistic Renderings
 
Identifying People in Photographs
• Family Trees
• Family Albums
 
Face Recognition Software
• Ear Analysis
 
Face Analysis
• Family Resemblances
• Inherited Traits
• Health Problems Affecting Faces
• Idiosyncratic Traits
 
Observation Techniques
• Measuring Faces
• Artistic Renderings
 
Recommended Reading
 

Module 7
Identifying People in Photographs Based on Written Descriptions
Where Can Descriptions Be Found?
 
Problems with Descriptions
• Variations in Descriptions
• Descriptions of Appearance
• Descriptions of Personality
• Obtaining Written Descriptions
 

Module 8
Photographic Services Genealogists Can Provide
Websites
 
Photography-Related Services
• Identification of Faces & Events
• Archiving Images
• Digitizing Photographs & Documents
• Digitizing & Editing Home Movies
• Digital Restoration
• Photography & Scanning
 
Recommended Reading
 
 

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