Spring Clean Your Personal Photos
It's spring, though the weather doesn't always feel like it lately, and it's time for spring cleaning! I actually cleaned my windows the other day, woohoo! Next is the carpet so I can get rid of all the awful pollen we've had that's making me horribly sneezy. All. The. Time. But this blog post isn't about the spring clean we usually do around the house. This is about cleaning and organizing your photos. Yes, all those photos you have on your computer and your phone and haven't done anything with. It may feel like a monstrous task that you just really don't have time for, but when you break down the tasks and commit to just 10 minutes a day, it will get done! Everyone has just 10 minutes each day they can reallocate, like substituting 10 minutes of social media scrolling for 10 minutes working on organizing your personal photos so you can actually print and enjoy them! Here are some tips to get our started.
1 - Let's start with images on your phone. Go through and start deleting. Yes, delete! You don't need 5 images that are almost all exactly the same. So often, we are taking several photos of the same moment in hopes to catch one that's good and then we never delete the bad ones. So go through and delete anything that you wouldn't print in an album. It's easier to go through older images once the moment has passed and you can better choose the best ones to keep and delete all the rest. For any images you want to keep on your phone, for whatever reason, make folders to store those so you have them organized and easier to get back to view or share them.
2 - The next step is to get those photos onto your computer. Plug that baby in and transfer those images over to your computer. Put them in a temporary folder to organize later. Then delete them off your phone.
3 - Now that the photos from your phone are on your computer, make sure photos from any other cameras that you use are on your computer too.
4 - It's folder time. Decide what folder organization system you want to use and create those folders today. Personally, I have a folder for every year and then I have subfolders for each quarter and within those might be a folder for a vacation or special event. You might want a folder for each month or folders for photo type like nature/wildlife, landscapes, sunsets, etc.
5 - This next step is optional but it's something I like to do to help me keep everything organized better. I go through at add the date to the front of the filename of each image. So if the filename is xyz123 and it was taken on August 3, 2017 (when you click on the image you will see the date created in the file information), I will change it to 20170803-xyz123. You might just want to do the year and month, or label it with it's category or location, it's totally up to you. This is the most tedious and time consuming step if you don't have a program that will allow you to export them with the date and filename (I use Lightroom for this sometimes). Remember, 10 minutes a day. You'll be amazed at how much you can get done in 10 minutes!
6 - Next, move those files into the appropriate folders that you have created. This will be the easiest step if you've renamed your files.
7 - Go back through your images and delete any duplicates or not-so-great photos that you may have missed or that were from your camera instead of your phone.
8 - Now that you're organized, it's time to print! Everyone can enjoy them once they're printed into an album and off the computer. For a list of album companies and pros/cons, head over to this post.
9 - Stay organized by taking time once a week to go through your photos on your phone and delete the ones you don't need to keep. then at least once a month, upload photos from your phone and/or camera to your computer and rename them and put them into folders.
Hope this helps you get organized and don't forget to print!
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Kimberly Tank is an award winning professional photographer and artist in Saint Marys, Georgia, servicing Camden County in Southeast Georgia (including Kingsland & Woodbine) and Northeast Florida (including Yulee, Callahan, Fernandina Beach, & Jacksonville). Using natural light and custom on location sessions, Kimberly Tank specializes in the family and child photography; providing an exceptional customer experience and helping you turn your family memories into works of art.
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