Organizing Vacation Photos

triage: the process of determining the priority of patients’ treatments based on the severity of their condition

Your vacation was awesome. You return home, throwing down bags and yourself in a heap, exhausted. The photos you captured on your trip are one of the last things on your mind. But you know, life will return to normal and that huge quantity of images isn’t going to manage itself.

What you need is a triage plan, to get yourself and your photo library to stable condition as quickly as possible. These steps are an even-simpler version of my plan for simplifying post-vacation memory keeping. This is the down & dirty 3-step way to get things done.

1. Assess the situation
Dump all of your photos into a single folder so you can get a handle on what you’re facing.

2. Skip the dead
Aggressively delete all of the out of focus and duplicate images, generally a third to half of what you have.

3. Use a band-aid
You don’t have time to fuss over your images. Back them up, share with family, call it good enough.

Serious photo enthusiasts might cringe at these steps, but they represent the easiest path from A to B for the everyday memory keeper. You can always edit later for a special album or scrapbook page. The critical path is getting images off of your camera, quickly de-cluttered and safely stored. When it comes to busy summer days (and nights), the rest can wait.

Where are your vacation photos?