We had three boxes of photo slides; we estimated about 5,000 slides. Of all those slides, one set of 36 slides was marked with the place and content of the photos. Only 36 slides out of 5000!!! Luckily, when the slides were printed, they were date stamped with the month and year. The slides we processed were from 1959 through the early 1980s. Our goal was to choose the slides we would eventually like to digitize in order to enjoy the photos in slideshows, photo albums and/or scrapbooks.
In contrast, to sort my December digital photos, I simply uploaded them to my computer and was able to view the entire month in Photoshop Elements. Each photo was already stamped with the date and time from my camera.
We eventually ended up with about 1500 slides that we want to keep. I labeled sticky notes with each year and sorted the slides into piles on the dining room table.
I sort my digital photos by year as well, however there's no need for sticky notes or a table.
After sorting all the slides, we had this huge pile of slides that we either could not identify or were not planning to digitize. I boxed these all up and passed them on to another member of Robbie's family.
As for the digital files, there were also many photos I chose not to keep because they were blurry or duplicates. Those simply went away into the digital trash can.
There's still much processing to do before the photo slides make their way into a scrapbook or photo album, however I am excited that we reduced three boxes of "not-sure-exactly-what's-in-there" slides down to one box of slides that will help document Robbie's stories. For now, I have them all sorted by year and stored with my other Project-to-Do.
The digital photos for December have been tagged and rated in Photoshop Elements, the highlights uploaded to Shutterfly, and prints will be on the way here soon.
It's amazing how photography and technology and the way we view our photos has changed in a relatively short period of time (50 years). I have to admit that I enjoy my digital camera that allows me to instantly see whether or not I captured the moment, but it was fun to spend a day sorting through the old slides with Robbie reminiscing about his childhood.