Understanding photowork

TitleUnderstanding photowork
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsKirk, DS, Sellen, AJ, Rother, C, Wood, KR
Conference NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
ISBN Number1595931783
KeywordsBrowsing, Content-based image retrieval, Digital photo albums, Photowork, Searching, Use of images

In this paper we introduce the notion of "photowork" as the activities people perform with their digital photos after capture but prior to end use such as sharing. Surprisingly, these processes of reviewing, downloading, organizing, editing, sorting and filing have received little attention in the literature yet they form the context for a large amount of the 'search' and 'browse' activities so commonly referred to in studies of digital photo software. Through a deeper understanding of photowork using field observation and interviews, we seek to highlight its significance as an interaction practice. At the same time, we discover how "search" as it is usually defined may have much less relevance than new ways of browsing for the design of new digital photo tools, in particular, browsing in support of the photowork activities we describe. Copyright 2006 ACM.

Citation KeyKirk2006