At about this time every year I wince at the chaos the holiday season has left on my hard drive. All the busyness of the last few months of each year sends even my best photography routines into a tailspin.
In this post I’ll share three of my best tips for regrouping and charting a course for more organized digital photos.
Tip #1. Take fewer photos
This can seem counter intuitive, but think “more better” when it comes to the quantity of shots you take. Take time to properly compose your shots and upon offloading, delete the duplicates. Pretend your camera has just a roll of 36 and be wise when it comes to the photo clutter you bring into your life.
Tip #2. Make photo processing a priority
I am as guilty as many others of letting photos go unlabeled and in disarray, of being behind. However, the easiest way to stay organized is to stay caught up. Use folders to date/label your sets, making sure to keep a running backup. If you edit photos, do it right away. If the task seems too much, see Tip #1.
Tip #3. Keep your system simple
While I use Lightroom to sort and edit my photos, I don’t do any complicated tagging or organization. Every event has a folder and I keep one folder for the random photos of each month. Events are binned into folders by month and by year. By using a minimalist system, I spend minimal time organizing.
There are no right ways to organize your photos; these are simply a few strategies that I know work for me. Tell us, what simple photo organization strategies have helped you?