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Organizing Your Favorite Images

Posted By Sarah Moyer, Friday, August 10, 2012
Updated: Friday, August 10, 2012
  (OPS Annual Scientific Exhibit on the exhibit floor at Academy in Orlando, 2011.  Photo Credit:  Alan Frohlichstein)

Like me, I’m sure you LOVE to look at amazing images of eyeballs.  Checking out the winners of the OPS Annual Scientific Exhibit on the exhibit floor at Academy, in the Journal of Ophthalmic Photography or on the OPS website is a special treat as there are so many great images in one place.  What makes it even better is when one of those images happens to be YOURS!
I am proud to say that I have had my images displayed a few times in the OPS Annual Scientific Exhibit.  Seeing each of my past images displayed has given me a great sense of  accomplishment.  I am honored that one of my images was selected to be displayed next to so many other great images representing myself, my employer and, the Ophthalmic Photographers Society.
(2010 Monochromatic Photography, Second Place:  Multifocal Best’s Disease with Subretinal Neovascularization Photo Credit:  Sarah Moyer)
Identifying which images are submission worthy can be the hardest part of submitting images.  Below are several ideas on how to organize your favorite images throughout the year so the entry deadline… August 31st…doesn’t sneak up on you.
KEEP A LIST:  Whether it’s a document on a computer or a notebook you write in, keep a list.      
SOFTWARE TAGGING:  In most software programs, it’s possible to set up diagnosis categories.  Make one of those categories "Interesting Cases” or something similar so you can later use that filter to review your best images!
PHOTO REQUEST FORM:  If you use photo request forms, hold on to the request form (or a copy of it) each time you take a great image.  Keep the pile someplace safe according to HIPPA rules!
LOG BOOK:  If you use a log book, put a star next to the patient’s name in the log book.   
EXPORT AS YOU GO:  After imaging a patient, take a moment then to export the images to your "Favorites” folder.  This works best when you have networked storage and you can put our favorites from multiple devices into the folder.  This is my favorite method as I am doing a little bit more of the work throughout the year.   
Whichever method you choose, writing down the most information the day you captured that great image will leave less work for you later.  If you can, indicate if the image would be suitable for the stereo or print division.  You could even keep a copy of the submission categories handy (they don’t change much from year to year) and jot down a note of which category would work best.   
If you use another method to keep track of your favorite images, let us know about it in the comments!
Sarah Moyer joined UNC's staff as the Director of Ophthalmic Imaging in 2006. Prior to working at UNC, Sarah worked as an Ophthalmic Photographer at Columbia University in New York City and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Photographic Communications at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2007, Sarah was elected to the Board of Education for the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society.In 2011, Sarah was appointed co-chair of the PDC. 

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Mark Maio says...
Posted Friday, August 10, 2012

You make a good point. When I was entering the exhibition I did exactly what you are doing although with physical folders and film originals. Now that we are digital it is much easier. I found it was much better thinking about what I was going to enter year round rather than a week before the deadline.
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Robert W. Cavicchi, CRA, FOPS says...
Posted Friday, August 24, 2012
Some great ideas and good outlining suggestions. But I think your best suggestion, mirrored by Mark, is to be always thinking about great images to submit during the year rather than waiting until the submission deadline is looming.

Thanks Sarah.
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