Have you taken more photos with your camera in the last year than you did years before? With the convenience of cameras on iPhones, it makes taking pictures so easy. Do you know where to find the digital ones? Are those digital photos backed up?
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Gathering & Organizing Digital Photos
1. Gather all of the digital photos from your camera cards, iPhone, and other family member’s areas if you’re keeping them too.
2. Put them all in one place in the computer.
3. Create new folders by years, month, events, etc. that work for you. In the research I’ve done, many recommend by year and then by month within the year folder. I have to say that I’ve tried to organize by events and it has not worked as well for me, so I’m switching to organizing by year.
It is recommended to keep a standard labeling system to help them be more organized. Drag the pictures from the central location to the new folder.
4. Keep the best pictures if you have 50 of a similar pose. Choose by quality and those that are your favorites to pare them down.
5. Consider scanning printed photos that were before the “digital age”.
Backup & Print
6. Have at least two different methods of backup for the digital photos.
7. Print some photos to enjoy. There are many cute frames to put them in.
8. Download your photos at least every month and save in the appropriate folder.
You can also make photo books where the pictures are uploaded and printed in a book. It allows you to tell the story. This makes great gifts as well.
I used to scrapbook, but it is very time-consuming and very bulky. I’m thankful for the stories I wrote down and pictures I included. I started taking pictures of each scrapbook page to preserve the memories in case something happened to them.
I did a genealogy scrapbook,took pictures of each page, and saved to a CD so I could send to all the family.
We’ve probably all heard about someone losing a iPhone and it had pictures on it that were not backed up. Don’t risk losing those priceless moments. Download pictures from your iPhone to your computer and remember to always have two forms of backup.
By keeping everything organized, you can find the pictures you one want quickly. Read this article to learn more about printed pictures.
Pictures are priceless. With digital pictures, it is so easy to take multiple photos to get that perfect one. The key is to only keep a handful of that same pose. Let your pictures tell your life story. Pictures from prior generations are so treasured because there are so few. While it is no doubt, we’ll keep lots more pictures than our grandparents did, weed through them to keep the best ones. Organize them by year and set up folders by month inside the year. Keep at least two forms of backups. Scan printed pictures if there is no digital backup for safekeeping as well. Enjoy the memories and keep them safe!