Was one of your New Years Resolutions to become better organized in 2014? Do you take photos several days a week for your projects and recipes? If so you probably have thousands of photos or you soon will and you need to become efficient and organized. Ask anyone who has been taking photos for awhile and they will tell you how important it is to organize your photos systematically.
Here are 5 tips to help you organize your Digital Photos.
1. Download your photos at the end of each project. When you finish taking photos of your recipe, download and delete photos from your memory card before starting on another project.
2. Where should you download your photos? Find an organizing system that works for you. You are now a serious photographer so you need the software to support you organize and edit your digital photos. I use Adobe Lightroom to transfer my photos from my camera and edit in one place. Another choice is Apple’s Aperture Program, which is a pro version of iphoto. Whichever one you choose, make sure it is simple.
3. Once you have your photos downloaded and edited; label the ones you plan on keeping with the name of the project and immediately delete the ones you will not be using. Also, make sure that your date is set properly on your camera. Your date stamp is attached to your photos when you download. Having the date set will allow you to search in chronological order as well as file name.
4. Once you have edited and labeled all the photos for a project you need to upload them into a file folder. Again name it after your project, i.e. if you are a food blogger the title of your recipe or post. To go a step further organize these sub folders into a main folder for each Month/Year.
5. Now you have all these folders, where should you put them? Buy a dedicated external hard drive strictly for the use of your digital photo library. I use the G drive which was recommended to me by several professional photographers, and I am very happy with this method. You can also go the route of storing your photos in online storage sites. There are plenty to choose from; flickr, shutterfly, snapfish, cloud and dropbox to name a few.