With thousands of pictures on my hard drive, I finally came to the realization that I’m drowning in digital pictures. The uploading and “organizing” process I’ve been using over the last two years isn’t working. Being consistent with photo organization is a crucial thing, especially if you upload on a regular basis. The unorganized mess I’ve been dealing with for a while now finally caught up with me and I decided to start off the new year with a clean photo library. I came up with 10 tips that will surely get you photo organized.
- Friends & Outings
- Special Events
- Mom’s 50th Birthday Party
- Dad’s 50th Birthday Party
- Food Photography
- People Photography
Syncing means just that, it’s going to sync it. So if you remove something from your photo software like iPhoto, it’s gone on Flickr. Don’t sync, just upload. Been there done that and it’s a complete nightmare.
If you upload hundreds of photos a month on your computer, why not back up every batch on a CD, website or external hard drive and then delete them from your computer to free up space? You can keep a few of your favorites from the batch, or the ones you think you will refer back to frequently in your library, but remove the bulk of them. If you need them again, you still have access to them.
9. Printing and CD Storing
The most difficult thing for me to keep up with is printing my photos. It’s supposed to be convenient now in the digital age, but I find it to be most inconvenient. I decided to copy every single batch of photos that I upload to a CD and save them in a box. Every event is on a different CD. So when I find myself full of motivation to go to the store, I can just grab the event I want to print. This can be a little costly, but I was lucky enough to find an entire shelf of blank CDs at Marc’s discount store for $1.60 a pack. I bought the entire shelf and this system has been working wonders for me. My photos have never been this organized and it makes me feel good to know that all of my photos are backed up. Blank CDs really aren’t as expensive as they used to be. Look around at discounted stores like Big Lots or Wal-Mart for good deals.
10. Delete Photos Before Uploading
There are times when you’re taking pictures you don’t want to miss a beat so you end up with over 100 photos for a single event. Many of them might be duplicates, some bad shots and so on. When I’m sitting around reviewing photos on my camera, I start deleting as much as I can on my camera before I upload them all to my computer. I mostly delete the shots that I know for a fact I won’t want to keep. Be careful and only delete the ones you are positive you don’t want to upload because a lot of photos may look differently once you upload them on to a larger screen and many can be saved with a little editing.