Photos are a great way to document events, families and lives. But if you can’t access or even find the photos, then having all of those photos do you no good! Check out these tips for organizing photos and even some helpful scrapbooking tips at the end!
1. Delete the duds.
As you’re at an event or a birthday party, don’t wait to delete not-so-hot photos from your digital camera. As there are lulls and “down times”, scroll through your camera and delete the ones that you have duplicates. Blurry photos and mistake photos can be easily be disposed of as well.
If you’re unable to delete the duds immediately, do it as soon as possible, so as not to make more for yourself later.
2. Download after every event.
Download your photos after each big event. Download time won’t take as long and you’ll be able to accurately remember what the photos are of. If you wait too long (a month or more) to download, you can easily forget what the photos are of and that could be a pain when categorizing.
3. Add to a sharing site.
Most likely you’ve got family and friends who would like to see your photos and possibly print their own. Uploading them to a sharing site accomplishes this as well as NOT clogging up your computer with files.
4. Create categories.
Withing your sharing site or your own computer, make it a priority to create categories. Why? When you need to print, share or find certain photos it will be easy to do so! On my own computer I have several categories and sub-categories for my photos. I organize by the year. And then within each year I organize by month. Within each month, I organize my photos by event with the date included. This works so well!
5. If you’re a scrapbooker…
Scrapbooking is a tedious art but also a very rewarding one! In order for you to keep your sanity while organizing your scrapbooking, keeping good photo organization is a must!
If you’re like me then you’re probably years behind in your scrabooking. Which means that you will have to print and organize your photos carefully so that you have accurate data.
- Print selective photos. You don’t have to print every photo that you snapped at a family gathering or event. Print only those photos that you KNOW you will use in your album. That will save on time and money!
- Print by year. I suggest printing a years worth of photos at once and organizing by event so that you can easily scrapbook your pictures!
- Organize by event. Using cardboard dividers with labels on them are great for identifying your photos! Writing the even and date will make your scrapbooking easy!