Making and Managing Your Personal Image Collection

The VRC recently added two new pages to our website to help you take photographs and manage your collection of art images. This is especially useful for students and faculty preparing for a research trip or a large writing project.

In our guide Personal Image Management, we discuss when and why you might choose to have a personal image management system installed on your own computer. The VRC recommends Adobe Bridge and Extensis Portfolio, and our guide describes the pros and cons of each of these systems, as well as some other ideas about how best to manage and back up your image collection.

On a similar note, our guide on Photographing Art, Editing Images, and Digital Camera Recommendations discusses the process of capturing your own images of artworks or archival materials in museums, libraries, archives, private collections, and other cultural repositories. Everything from camera recommendations to preferred settings and techniques for taking photographs is discussed, and a variety of free and low-cost image editing software programs are outlined.

Please consider attending the October 10 panel Tips & Tricks for Researching in Archives, Museums, and More! on Thursday 10/10 at 4:30 pm in CWAC 152. Persis Berlekamp (Associate Professor, Art History), Hillary Chute (Assistant Professor, English), Angele Rosenberg (Student, Ancient Art), Jen Cohen (Student, Modern Art), and Amanda Rybin (Associate Director, Visual Resources Center) will be presenting on their experiences and will be happy to answer questions.

In addition, the VRC is more than happy to schedule an individual consultation to discuss your needs—just contact us!