Back in February I hosted a giveaway where the entry question was:
What is your best tip for managing digital photos?
There were an incredible 118 responses with a wealth of information. My assistant and I have put together a brief summary and want to continue the conversation with you.
Overall, there was a theme of overwhelm, often caused by the quantity of photos, lack of time and too many options. (I’m guessing that’s why you read Simple Scrapper!) Still, readers seem to have at least a basic system in place. (Yay!) Whether you scrap chronologically or not, most of you a chronological folder system to organize photos.
You all had so many great points, here are the very best tips that were mentioned most often:
- Upload photos to your computer often
- Back up, back up, back up!
- Delete photos you know you will never need (blurry, duplicate, etc.)
- Add the photos you know you will scrap to flickr (or other online service)
- Tag photos with people/event/place/etc.
- When you figure out what works for you, keep at it!
Excellent organization tips:
“Upload photos to your computer as often as possible. The first step in organizing your photos is to get them off your camera!”
“Set up a folder for all of your photos for the year. When uploading new photos, create a new folder for that date and event and put all corresponding photos in that folder.”
“Get the photos you have already scrapped off your computer. Move them to an EHD or burn them to a CD.”
“If using a chronological dated folder format, keep P365 photos in a separate folder since they can be photos of ‘everyday’ which do not coorespond with the specific event.”
“In addition to chronological photos, keep separate folders with labels of events/people you know you will want to scrap again and move photos into these folders as you find them.”
“If renaming photos, identify the photos you want to scrap and tag them “_to scrap.” When you have scrapped them, remove the tag.”
“Use a bulk renaming program to rename all photos in one folder to correspond with the date/event of the photos.”
“Save edited photos separately. Add a “_edited” tag to the end of the file name or create another folder to store those photos. Keep the originals in the original folder in case you want to do any other special effects/editing later.”
“If you have specific journaling or quotes you want to remember from an event, create a Word document with this info and place it in the folder associated with that event.”
Specific software endorsements:
“iPhoto allows you to tag specific faces in photos which makes it easy to find a lot of photos of one person quickly, without searching through folders.”
“Adobe Bridge software automatically places new photos into folders corresponding with the date the photos were taken.”
“Lightroom software automatically creates folders with the associated dates when uploading.”
“Google’s Picasa software is free and a great way to organize photos and tag with the event name or specific faces. (Can always be used to organize digital scrapbooking supplies.)”
“Photoshop Elements provides a photo organizer which allows you to ‘hide’ photos when scrolling through them.”
“Use the photo organization software your camera came with.”
I want to thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion with the community and ask a follow up question:
What is one trick or secret you use to save time managing your photos?