It’s almost that time of the year where you will be taking lots of photos and the last thing you need to see is “Memory full” EEEK!
Plus some of you will be sending pictures to the grandparents. Wouldn’t it be nice if those pictures were organized? No one likes to spend hours searching for that picture of Pam on her horse wearing the yellow outfit. Who has that kind of time? At the holidays!! No one.
Well, it would be a good idea to get organized.
Since most if not all of our current photos are electronic here are some tips to organize your electronic photos.
Smile! Selfie! Group Shot! Candid Shot! Look over here!!
OK, now that most of us are living in the digital age we have a camera on our phone and our tablets. Plus many of us have digital cameras. We take lots of pictures. We shoot selfies, our kids, our pets, our food, our flowers, our toes and lots of other things.
I take photos of my grocery lists, of books I want to read, of business cards I want to keep, I snap screenshots of directions, email information and other tidbits that I want to explore further.
Life is too short to keep bad pictures! But no one wants to lose his or her memories.
We have memory sticks; chips, memory cards, DVDs, old cell phones and some of us have negatives.
But did you know that electronic photos can and do create clutter?
How many bad photos do you have? How about duplicates? There is really no reason to keep unrecognizable overexposed or underexposed blurry pictures or unintentional photos of your hand or the floor.
Have you organized them? Most people don’t they leave them where they took them. Cell phone or digital camera. You share them on Facebook, Instagram or by email. But that is also how they can be lost. What should you save? How to organize them? Where are they?
The first thing you have to do is find them. Go through all those old devices and see what you want to keep. Then you will need to decide how and where you want to keep your photos. There are lots of articles and tips on this that can be found all over the Internet.
Electronic photos are fairly easy to organize. You can set up folders and then you can further organize them by subject. Thank goodness electronic photos are dated. So your photos will automatically be by date. It is easy to start with a folder per year. Then you can organize them by the event. You may want to be specific if you are setting up a folder for holidays who knows what holidays are in there.
I find it is easiest and fastest to keep them on USB flash drives organized by year – I can simply grab the one I need, plug it into my computer, and easily find and copy over the image I’m looking for. I have USB drives that are labeled by year with a black paint pen and attached to a standard metal key tag like one of these flash drives. Bonus, your precious memories are backed up onto a flash drive that you can store in a fireproof safe place.
For even more specific tips on how to organize your digital photos, I have attached a link from techlicious com 10 tips to keep your digital photos organized.
If you are looking for ways to take a better picture you might want to check this out: 5 ways to take Great Photos
I recently read that it is highly likely that most photographed generation will be the one who doesn’t have a photograph in 10 years. What do you think? I love getting your comments.
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