Welcome to the first tip in my 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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It starts with a joy filled moment, you pull out your smart phone, looking to capture the fleeting memories before they disappear. Then you snap a few more.
Then some more.
Then you do it the next time.
And suddenly your phone and computer are filled with thousands of images.
There has been a lot of focus lately on moving to smaller homes and scaling back to focus on what matters most. Decluttering, spring cleaning, upcycling, recycling, and more. The goal is simple, to remove all the clutter and chaos from our homes and lives. But there is one glaring oversight in everything I’ve seen and that is the digital clutter and chaos most people are drowning under.
I dare you right now to go check your computer and phone. See how many pictures do you currently have in unorganized chaos.
More? I’d love to know, so leave a comment below with your total.
It’s shocking, isn’t it?
How many times have you searched for a photo, only to find it impossible to scroll through the masses of colourful memories and spot that one elusive image. That one photo buried in a sea of pictures?
But it’s OK, I’m here to help rescue you and start a Photo Revolution! You hear people talking all the time about decluttering, about downsizing. Now it’s time to do the same for your digital property and take control over the avalanche of digital memories that are burying so many of us.
Take part in the Photo Revolution and get those memories under control!
My first tip in my digital photo organization series is to: TAKE OUT THE CRUD!
The Bee Movie was really popular around here for a while and there was one point when they were discussing different jobs and one was “taking the crud out.” Well the first step for getting control over your digital media is to clean out the crud!
I do this as a two step process.
First, those moments in the waiting room or when you are sitting around playing with your phone. Use those moments to go through your photos and delete all the blurry ones. The ones where the tops of people’s heads are cut off. Or your kid jumped past you so quickly you got nothing but a blurry foot. Delete them right there on your phone. A few minutes a week will save you a ton of work later on.
Next, when you download your photos go through them and continue cleaning out the crud. Sometimes what looks fine on the small screen of your phone is a blurry mess on a computer screen. Toss all of those out!
Another thing to look for is similar and duplicate photos. Pick the best one and toss the rest.
The joy and ease of taking digital photos has naturally encouraged us to take more and more photos, trying to seize that one magical moment. But with that great power comes some responsibility. Take those moments and clear out the crud! It will also help protect you from those dreaded “out of memory” errors.
Tomorrow we are going to discuss my best practices and tips for downloading. Don’t miss out! Join my newsletter and don’t miss a post. A special announcement will be going out exclusively to my email list at the end of this series.