Do you have boxes of photos stuffed in a closet? Or a camera with pictures from the past two years hanging out waiting to be downloaded, saved and organized on your computer? We take pictures and save photos to remember an event, to document a moment and to preserve happy times. According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine, 86% of digital photos never leave the memory card. If your pictures aren’t organized, physically or electronically, then are you really enjoying, cherishing, and remembering the moments?
Organizing Digital Photos
Start today and commit to downloading your photos within 10 days of using your digital camera and filling up your camera card. Keeping your photos on your camera card is risky. If the camera is stolen, damaged or lost, you could lose all your photos. Once you’ve downloaded the images, edit and purge. Delete all the photos that are too dark, too light, blurry, repetitive, unflattering, too close, too far away, etc. Get picky and only save the best of the best! Save photos chronologically. Create folders on your computer for each month and year. Save the photos in the appropriate month’s folder. Once you get the photos in the right month’s folder, renaming the photo files is up to you. If you’re tight on time, this is step that can be skipped. Keep it simple. You can always go back and rename files. Finally, back up your files using an external hard drive or cloud service.
This task can be daunting because old photos accumulate quickly. First, start with the most recent photos. Your memory regarding recent events is more vivid and accurate. As you’re putting photos in chronological order be sure to edit ruthlessly. Toss all duplicates or poor quality photographs. To help keep this task manageable, ask for help. A family member is a great resource. Also consider hiring an organizer that specializes in photo organization. Simplify the storage of photos. Keep in mind that photo boxes can hold a lot of pictures and are great for storage. However if you plan to regularly look at the photos then consider using albums. If you’re tight on time, money and space avoid scrapbooking.
Photos are a great way to capture a moment. Create a system of organization so those moments can be enjoyed, cherished and shared with others.