Holly Blackwell is joining us this week for a three part series on her photo organization system. Holly is a wife, mom, and step-mom living in South Carolina. You can find Holly online at chronicles of a southern scrapper.
This post is 2 of 3 in a series: Part 1 | Part 3.
Not everyone finds this step important, but Iâ€™m a stickler for re-naming all of my photo files. Letâ€™s just consider it an occupational hazard of my Type-A personality! The format I use is: YYMMDD Event Name ## – More Detail.
Here are a couple of examples:
This means the photo was taken on June 13, 2010 when Coleman was playing in the kiddie pool. Itâ€™s the 7th photo of the sequence (that I decided to keep) and his friend, McCrea is also in the photo. If only Coleman were in the photo, I wouldnâ€™t have bothered with the â€œmore detailâ€ portion.
This photo was taken on March 28, 2010 while Spencer was making brownies for a school project. Itâ€™s the 3rd photo in the sequence. Because the basic naming of the photo â€œSpencer baking browniesâ€ covers all of the necessary information, there is no â€œmore detailâ€.
I, personally, have fallen in love with the tagging process. Itâ€™s hard to believe that a few short years ago, I did not use this feature. I began doing my tagging in the basic Windows form, but have recently converted to using Photoshop Elements 7. It doesnâ€™t matter how you tag, or what program you use, but I highly recommend doing it! As your photo library grows and grows, this will make it so much easier to find photos.
As you are developing a tagging system, I recommend really thinking about what keywords are important to you. When you need photos, how do you typically look for them? What keywords would assist in that process? I always tag people, usually the place, and most of the time, something that covers the â€œwhatâ€ of the photo. Letâ€™s look at the same pictures again.
This photo was tagged with the names Coleman and McCrea. For the where, it is tagged with backyard. Then to cover the what, Iâ€™d also add pool. Seasonal tagging is very popular, so summer would be appropriate as well.
This photo was tagged with the name Spencer. Since this is in our home, I actually didnâ€™t tag a place (though there is no reason why you couldnâ€™t have a keyword for home). I tagged this as both food and school because he was baking the brownies for a school project.
Taking it to the next step is rating your photos. This is something I only recently began doing, but truly believe itâ€™s a valuable step and can be done very quickly in some programs (again, I use PSE7). The number of stars assigned to each photo help weed out the fantastic, from the good, from the not-so-good.
By day Holly Blackwell is a Business Analyst, and by night she is a crafter and scrapbooker (both paper and digital). She also enjoys reading, writing, volunteering and making sure she has too many projects on her plate!