Smile! You can get all those photos organized in 4 easy steps
With the advancement of technology, everyone is a photographer and our phones are now our cameras. It’s a wonderful and, at the same time, a pretty overwhelming fact.
After all, what do you do with all those pics? How do you corral the chaos? We’ve rounded up some helpful tips for getting your photos organized just in time for the holiday photo season.
- Download your photos once a month. If you’re using a digital camera or your phone, this allows you to keep your memory cards and storage space from filling up. Services such as Shutterfly allow you to upload unlimited photos for free, with the promise your images will never be deleted. Once the photos are safely uploaded, clear the memory card or your phone’s photo gallery. Want prints? Get them for as little as $.15 each at Shutterfly.
- Be an editor. Go through the downloaded pictures and delete duplicates or bad images. There’s no reason to save a blurry photo and definitely no reason to keep that selfie that didn’t turn out!
- Make folders. Once you’ve weeded out the unnecessary images, organize your photos into folders. Do what makes sense for you, but consider creating a yearly photo folder and then sub-folders within that for Becca’s birthday party, Hawaii vacation, random pics, etc. If you take tons of photos, organize by month and make photo albums. Make custom photo books via Walgreens from $29.99.
- Get an external drive. Now that your photos are organized, get an external drive to store backup copies. This WD My Passport Ultra 500 GB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Auto Backup, $59.99 at Best Buy, can store about 200,000 point-and-shoot pics. And don’t be intimidated by external drives, you simply connect the drive to your computer with a USB cable and then drag the folders of your photos onto the device.
Yes, organizing your photos will take some time, especially when you get started. That said, getting them together in a safe place will be well worth it if you ever lose or damage your camera or phone. And, remember, if you have hard copies of photos or older images, take the time to scan them into your computer and save them to the external drive, as well. You’ll never regret taking that time should something happen to your irreplaceable images.