The first breakout session I attended today was on Digital Images for Genealogists. Geoffrey Rasmussen of Legacy Family Tree was the presenter.
Right away, his emphasis was on using the highest resolution possible. Never make edits to the original master jpg or tiff file. He recommended Scantips.com as the ultimate resource on digital images.
Rasmussen shared many tips for manipulating images and also discussed the benefits of tagging images for use and reference later.
I particularly liked the Picasa Face Movie tool that he demonstrated. It can show a person growing up/aging – perfect for genealogists.
He also talked about keeping images in the cloud. I was surprised to learn that Elements has options for this (I’m a PhotoShop user and it does not have this feature, so far as i know). Picasa also has cloud capabilities
(but no smartphone integration without a third-party app). (NOTE: Actually, I’m hearing from others that it does work with smartphones!)
Another really neat tool he mentioned is the Eye-fi memory card for digital camera uploads, which can send pics to your computer or Picasa (and many other services) whenever it encounters a wireless network.