If you’re like me, you take ALOT of photos. I probably take a few hundred pictures every month, sometimes more. This coming week (FLORIDA!!!) I will probably take thousands!
I like to think I’m an organized person, but the one thing I can never seem to get a handle on is my digital photos. I’m always behind in organizing them because I always take so many. They are not something that you can get rid of when you add new ones. The collection just keeps growing and growing and growing.
Here are the steps that I follow (if I’m not being lazy) when it comes to organizing my digital photos:
1. Upload photos to computer and delete ones that I don’t like. I also delete duplicates and anything that’s blurry.
2. Date the photos and put them in the right folders. I have many folders of photos on my computer. Elliott (2009-2010), Events/Vacations (by date), Me, Richard, each pet has their own folder, Family (by year), and then I also have a Photography folder and in there I have sub-folders such as food, plants, animals, landscapes, etc. Having things in separate folders makes it easy peasy to find what you’re looking for. Try not to have too many folders or organizing your photos could become a very daunting task.
3. Back-Up photos onto DVDs every 3 months. Nothing is worse than having a hard drive crash and losing all of your precious photos! I have had this happen to me once before and I’m lucky my dad fixes computers for a living because he was somehow able to retrieve my lost photos. I still back them up every 3 months though, just in case dad can’t help me next time!
I also like to print my photos (not all of them!), so I have a folder on my computer that has photos inside that I want to print. I keep them in there until I see a sale on prints and then I order them all at once and delete them from this folder.
Once my photos are printed, I organize them into albums. I have my albums set up the same way my folders are set up on the computer to make it alot easier for me when I’m putting the prints in the books.
I find that by uploading, dating and organizing my photos at the end of the day, makes the task easy and quick. I don’t often have time to do this, so my pictures usually build up on my computer until I have time to organize them, but hey, I try!
How do you organize your digital photos?