Organizing digital photos is something that we should all be doing in this digital world, but most aren’t. Read on to learn step-by-step how to do so!
When you become a parent (dog, human, cat, you name it) there is only one thing one can guarantee – that you will be taking a ton of pictures. My phone is constantly alerting me that I have no more storage, forcing me to delete some of the worse pictures to make room for even more. I have at least 7,000 pictures of Ryan and he’s not even 2. For a while, I would upload all pictures from my phone and camera, throw them into my ‘Pictures’ file on my computer, and later spend about an hour attempting to find a very specific picture I was looking for at any given moment. Add in this blog, where I’ve been working hard to improve old pictures and add in more tutorial and how-to content (requiring step-by-step photos) and I have a lot of pictures. Because of this, I recently forced myself to organize them. Today, I’m sharing with you the easiest method of organizing digital photos for peace of mind and ease.
Organizing Digital Photos
-Upload all pictures. Upload any pictures from your camera or phone and place into one folder.
-Sort by month. Sort the entire folder by Month. In the top right corner, it will say “Arrange by:” with a drop down menu. Sort by Month.
-Create a folder for each month. I label mine with the year first, then the month numerically. This ensures that they auto sort in order. If you use words, it will sort the folders alphabetically, but do what you prefer.
-Sort photos. Place each month’s photos into the appropriate folder. If you’re unsure of the date the photo was
taken, click the photo once. (you don’t want the file to open) At the bottom of the screen, the stats for the picture will display, including the date the photo was taken. You can also hover your mouse directly over the photo, but I find that takes longer.
-Clean out any bad, duplicate, or unnecessary photos. Go through each now sorted file and delete bad pictures. If you’re like me, you take about 30 pictures each time and only 2 look okay. Those other photos are just taking up space. You can also rotate the photos if you wish. Double click a photo so that it opens full size in another window. Either click the rotate button to rotate the photo in the direction you want, or hold the CTRL button and press the comma key to rotate left or the period key to rotate right. Rather than close the window and doing each photo individually, hit the next button to see the next photo and repeat the process.
-Create subcategories if desired. I like making subfolders for certain things, like day trips and videos. Obviously, this isn’t necessary, but it is very useful if you have a lot of pictures per month.
And that’s it! I use this to organize photos of Ryan, random family photos, blog photos – you name it. It makes finding a specific picture so much easier, especially since I never rename my pictures when they’re saved on my computer. It also makes it easy to save them onto a flash drive as insurance from any computer problems. Organizing digital photos may seem like a daunting task, but once you get past the bulk of past photos, you can move to doing so once a month for maintenance, and it makes life so much easier!
So tell me – how do you organize your digital photos? Do you upload your phone pictures to your computer? Leave it in the comments!
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