In one of my very earliest posts on this blog (which you can check out here), I talked about files I had to recover from damaged media, particularly some photos I could no longer retrieve from a bad compact disc. My reasoning in that post for wanting to save those photos, and for wanting to take lots of photos in general, was to help me remember all of those vivid memories in my life should they become less vivid in my mind as I get older. All those friends and family members. All those places where I worked. All those places I visited. All those times I looked fabulous as Allison. Yeah, every detail.
There was one detail I left out of that post: Well, the details. I am in the process of moving separating my Allison photos from my non-Allison ones, moving the former pics to their own flash drive (and, yes, backing everything up). And I have become obsessed with trying to find out exactly which date and what time these photos were taken. Most of my earlier photos I took with my trusty digital camera bear a generic description (e.g. “Allison at The Club pic# 1”) or the file name automatically stamped on the pic by the camera (e.g. “DSCN0001.JPG”). I have right-clicked on the photo file for the file information, such as when it was “created,” “modified,” etc. to try to figure out the date/time the pic was taken. But those “created” and “modified” dates don’t always gibe with when I think they were taken.
Luckily, Ms. Not-So-Technologically-Skillful Me has found a way to get some vivid detail of the times and dates of my photos, and I have been smacking my forehead over not knowing about this much, much sooner. Well, there are two ways, actually: One is to right click for file properties, then click on a “Details” tab to find the date/time taken. Or, I could click on “File Info” on my computer’s default photo viewer. (“Oh, of course! There it was all along.”)
You’re probably saying to me, “Gee, Allison, they’re just dates on a camera. You don’t have to be that much obsessed with it, right?” Well, knowing the dates and times of my photos — and renaming them with said dates and times — will help me remember when and where I’ve been. As I noted above, I want to remember every little part of these memories. Knowing which dates they occurred on will add detail to those memories. (Oh, the more recent photos I’ve taken with the camera on my phone? Luckily, those pics have the date/time built into the file name. Definitely no forgetting when those pics were taken.)