How to Organize Digital Photos
While on a recent photo shoot, we were taking a break and checking phones for messages and the conversation shifted toward how many photos everyone had on their various devices. It's so easy to take pictures these days! A quick swipe and some taps on your smartphone and now you have a new photo gallery. The downside of the speed and convenience is the tendency to quantity rather than quality in the saved images.
Have you looked through your devices and found that you don't recall many of the images? Have you been warned that your device(s) are full? Are you starting out and want to have a head start on organizing? These organizing and decluttering tips are for you!
1. Create a Central Photo Hub Location (This should be one location.)
2. Organize & Label the Photos
TIP: If you're like many people, you may be taking screenshots and reminder photos. Delete any that you don't need and put the rest in a folder called "Reminders" for the year. That way you have them if you need them and at the end of the year, you'll likely be able to delete most of them.
3. Delete, Delete, Delete and then Delete some more
The next step is evaluating your photos. Be ruthless in your culling process. You may find once you sort through all the images that you are getting rid of 75% of the photos you have.
Ask yourself these questions to help you decide.
Only keep the best photos from any batch you are sorting. When you've narrowed it down, back up your photo library with an external hard drive or take advantage of one of the unlimited online photo storage options available. (Some are free, and some have an annual fee.)
4. Print Your Best Moments for Safe Keeping
For a stunning addition to your coffee table, sum up each year with an annual photo book of your best shots. Or, stay organized year-round by creating a custom calendar, selecting one great seasonal photo for each month. You choose the starting month, so you can order any time.
5. Change Your Mindset on Images
Keywords: Decluttering Photos, Kathleen Riley Photography, Organizing Digital Images, Photo Organizing, Riley Photography
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