Welcome to the fourth tip in our series on digital photo organization – It’s Time For a Photo Revolution – Get control over the digital media cluttering up your devices and life! This series will help you organize and store all those photos on your various devices. Protecting them and making sure they will last you a lifetime. With these simple steps you can get control over the digital media in your life!
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If you missed the first posts in the series you can check out our big picture discussion, literally, where we went and counted how many photos we had on our various devices, and those numbers were scary big! So many photos and memories that are getting lost in the shuffle.
Then we talked about taking the crud out and scaling down the masses into a somewhat easier to manage pile. Then we talked about the whens and whys of downloading, followed by the hows and organizing your downloads so your photos will start to be organized!
So you’ve got your photos downloaded and organized into some nice neat folders. But there are still LOTS of photos in those folders. So our next tip is about: The Best Of The Best, Find Those Favourites!
OK, so you got your photos off your phone and camera and onto a computer into some sort of basic logical filing. You’ve also removed some of the crud before you even downloaded, but face it, there are only a few of the many, many photos worth saving.
The joy of digital photography is that we can just snap, snap, snap, snap! Hoping that at least one of the pictures is of good quality. But that gives us lots of photos that are not of great quality.
After doing your big download scroll through your photos. Delete any that appear blurry, or are duplicates.
Also take all your favourite photos and create a new folder in each month titled: Favourites. This is a really important step in photo organization and we will see why in some future tips.
Copy all your favourite photos from that month into this folder. Be focused in this task. Pick those photos that you want preserved and that you will be sharing. The ones that will truly be devastating to lose.
Now that favourites folder gets backed up to my cloud storage. There are a number of options out there, my personal favourite is Copy, and if you sign up using my link we each get a bonus extra 5GB of storage. There are lots of other options too like Amazon Cloud, Dropbox and Google Drive.
These cloud storage services have a limit on the amount of storage permitted. So that is why I advise to only use cloud storage for the photos that make the cut into the favourites folder. We will still be backing up all the photos which we will discuss in a future post, but those favourites deserve a little extra love and care.
Cloud storage is quick and easy, but I admit I don’t 100% trust it, plus space is limited and in a perfect world I want to try and preserve all my photos. So more back up is needed. We will talk about that next.