How much digital media do you have clogging up your devices? Do you have a plan for preserving all your important memories? Have you ever struggled to find a special photo in the vast amount of files on your device? Or maybe you’ve experienced a failure and lost precious memories? It’s time for a photo revolution and to get your digital media organized and stored so they will be accessible for years to come. Get your digital photo organization on track with these simple steps!
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It’s interesting to look at how our world has changed. My children will never know the patience required to use a rotary phone or, heaven forbid, community phone lines. They will never understand why you always had a pencil handy when playing a cassette tape. Or how we had to wait every week for Saturday morning cartoons… the one day of the week when our shows would come on. Another way it has changed in how many photos there are documenting their lives. My entire youth in photos fits in one large box. All of them. Every single photo I have from my childhood. My children’s lives are captured in more photos in a single year than I have from my first 30 years of life.
Smartphones and digital photography have changed everything.
With this ease of photo taking comes a new issue. Most people are drowning in photos. We have so many photos, have captured so many moments, that we are literally losing those memories and moments in the sheer magnitude of the quantity filling our phones and hard drives.
Have you ever tried to find photos from a trip you took a couple of years ago, only to find yourself wading through hundreds or thousands of photos that have nothing to do with the trip?
How many photos do you have on your phone right now?
How many on your computer?
I currently have over 20,000 photos on my computer and 1400 on my phone. And that’s not all of my photos.
I know many people that have WAY more. But I also don’t have all my photos on my computer (or phone), so my numbers are misleading. I’ll get into more details on that in a bit.
So how can you organize your photos and get your memories preserved in a way that they won’t get lost in the mass quantity of digital media? How can you ensure those precious images will be accessible and safe for a year? Two years? Ten years?
In this series I’m going to share some of my favourite strategies for photo organization and storage. These steps are simple and inexpensive. I hope to start a photo revolution that will help everyone get some control over the massive amount of digital preservation we have of our lives.
It isn’t hard, doesn’t take a lot of time (once we get into the simple routine), it doesn’t need to cost a lot, and it will help ensure those precious memories are preserved and accessible for years to come!
You can do this! I promise to keep the steps quick and simple.
I hope you will join the journey! Tip #1 is up first thing tomorrow!