Statewide Documentary Project Updates

  • 8 Jun 2020 7:15 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Insuring your captions are exported when exporting a catalog

    It’s really important that you describe your photo in the LIGHTROOM CAPTION field, and insure that you have your name in the COPYRIGHT field. In thinking about the CAPTION field, try to visualize a person 100 years from now looking at the photo. How would you describe it.

    Please check out this document  Insuring your captions are exported when exporting a catalog.pdf

  • 2 Oct 2019 7:43 AM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)



    Date: September 27, 2019

    • ·         Dan Gingras, NHSPA
    • ·         Gary Samson, NHSPA
    • ·         Michael Sterling, NHSPA
    • ·         John Clayton, Manchester HA
    • ·         Richard Candee, Portsmouth HS
    • ·         Brian Lemay, Portsmouth HS
    • ·         Bill Dunlap, NHHS
    • ·         Wes Balla, NHHS
    • ·         Sarah Galligan, NHHS
    • ·         Elizabeth Dubrulle, NHHS
    • ·         Cynthia Cutting, Museum of the White Mountains (by phone)


     Our statewide exhibit at multiple venues will open on October 1st 2021; the current venues are:

    • ·         New Hampshire Historical Society – State wide photos
    • ·         Manchester Historical Society –Merrimack Valley photos
    • ·         Museum of the White Mountains (PSU) – White Mountains photos
    • ·         Historical Society of Cheshire County -- Monadnock Region photos
    • ·         Portsmouth Historical Society – Seacoast photos

    It was agreed that the NHSPA will provide the mounted prints to each of the venues, which will have the option of hanging them with or without frames.  NHSPA needs to build a budget for the expense they will incur for printing and mounting the photographs.  Each institution will have approximately 50 photographs, so there will be approximately 350 photographs in total, assuming seven venues. 

    Jenna Carroll of the Historical Society of Cheshire County has been reaching out to potential exhibition venues in the North Country, Lakes Region, and Upper Valley. There was a discussion of possible additional venues including Colebrook, Berlin, Lebanon, and Colby-Sawyer College.

    To be determined is the disposition of the prints after the exhibits. 

    A digital archive of all 4,000 photographs, not just the curated photos, will be provided to NHHS, and curated digital archives will be given to those institutions that want them.  NHSPA will provide these archives.

    The timeline for the photography is as follows:

    • ·         Photography will end August 1, 2020
    • ·         Photographs for the book will be selected by October 1, 2020
    • ·         Review of selected photographs shortly after selection
    • ·         Book production to begin after final selection and review
    • ·         Exhibit opening October 1, 2021


    Gary Samson reviewed the options for a book to be part of the project.   The current focus is a book of 224 pages 10 x 9” in size with both color and black and white photos.

    Lesson Plans

     It was suggested that a set of lesson plans be created to be distributed to schools to detail the project.

    Project name and tagline

    The project name will change to New Hampshire 2020 and a tagline will be added. One idea for the tag line suggested by Gary is, “A Photographic Diary of Life in New Hampshire”.  The URL will be acquired by Dan Gingras and will form the basis of a new website to be built by him.

  • 29 Jan 2019 9:13 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Catalog and Photo Naming Clarification


    It's good policy for all photographers to include the copyright information in the EXIF data.  Many cameras allow you to do it in the camera (well... at least Canon does, which is what I shoot with) and LIGHTROOM allows you to add the information easily.

    If you need help with the Lightroom part, drop me a note and I'll go over it with you.



    Dan Gingras

  • 29 Jan 2019 12:51 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

       We keep learning more about how to manage a statewide photographic documentary project involving many dozens of photographers and thousands of photos. 

      The review of the Lakes regions work was a prefect example.  The photography was great and we've got more tha 45 GB of photos now in the catalog representing a good part of the state.

      We now have a master Lightroom catalog that synchronizes directly with the Google drive, making it infinitely easier to manage the process.   This has caused us to revise the naming and saving conventions a bit which is highlighted in the above document.   

    Basically we don't need separate RAW and JPG catalogs,  a single RAW catalog is all we need.  If you don't use lghtroom, you can create a folder using the same naming convention and save your RAW or TIFF photos there.

    We also realize that we don't want to circle back to re-review previously reviewed photos, so we want to add a review number to the file or catalog number. (see naming documents)

  • 24 Sep 2018 3:52 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    OK, we've learned a couple of things from our first review, so let me summarize some lessons as guidelines for the project:

    • Pick color or BW for a photo, don't submit both
    • If you shoot a whole bunch of photos of a subject, submit one unless more than one tells a story
    • Closer to people is usually better than further away, but try to show the environment so it's not just a portrait, but a view of the person in their environment
    • Insure that your copyright is in the EXIF data.  Most high end cameras allow you to put your copyright information right in the camera so it's in all your shots. It's important we know who shot what
    • If you're using lightroom, add information about the area and the names of the people (if you have them) in the comments field.
    I'm sure there are more, but those are some of the ones that stand out.
  • 23 Sep 2018 9:14 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    We had a great first photo review with over 25 photographers attending, and about  750 photos to be reviewed.  I'll admit I made a few mistakes uploading photos instead of catalogs, so some of the edits were lost... sorry!   I think the photos were amazing, and there were very photos which needed much touch up except for those where I uploaded the photos instead of the catalog and missed the edits.   We did learn a few things about catalog management, and I will have a new document to describe the uploads to the Google drive in the below section.

  • 18 Sep 2018 11:31 AM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    If you can help with publicizing the project, it would be a great help.  Please download the poster by CLICKING HERE and print it out, or get printed copies from the project team and post them at your local library or camera store.   

  • 9 Sep 2018 5:00 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Some articles about the project :

    Seacoast online article     The Milford Cabinet article

  • 21 Aug 2018 3:37 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Preliminary lightroom instructions (if you're going to use Lightroom) are being written and posted.   A  "suggested" list of keywords, although not exhaustive is also available for download.  We'll have instructions on how to upload it ( METADATA-IMPORT KEYWORDS) available soon.

  • 15 Aug 2018 9:04 PM | Dan Gingras (Administrator)

    Leave Behind Cards are in.   They'll be distributed on the 23rd at the Camera Commons meeting.   


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