Organize Photos with One Simple Trick
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I’m doing a series of three posts this week, just in time to help you with holiday photos and gift giving. With digital photography, excellent photos are so easy for even the novices among us, but it also creates a new problem…photo overwhelm.
Believe it or not, there are three simple tips to managing this new problem of the digital age. The first of these tips is:
Batch Download to Organize Photos
If you get names like “img_0128” when you download your photos, you need this tip.
Heck, if you never download your photos off your camera or phone, you need this tip.
Even if you store your photos on the iCloud (or some other cloud), you need this tip. Maybe especially then!
Despite all of the advice from my Mac-friends, I am still a PC. Windows Live (or Windows Live Essentials) is what I use to organize my photos on the computer, but the advice is basically the same whether you are a Mac or a PC, whether you use a camera or a smartphone.
How to Download in Batches
Whenever I’m ready to process some of my pictures, I connect my camera to my PC with the cord that came with the camera, and Windows Live Photo opens up.
Instead of just hitting download immediately, I take a moment to select the folder to send the photos to, then click the file naming settings.
On the next page, name the batch with something that makes sense and that means something to you. I like this type of naming convention: Year-Month-Event. I mentioned how to do this in my How to Make Photo Book article. Once you’ve set up the name for the batch, click the pictures you want in the batch, and hit download.
Only the pictures in your batch come down, and they all have the file name you applied, followed by a sequential number.(2012-12-Christmas1, 2012-12-Christmas2, etc.)
Avoid Downloading Duplicates When Organizing Photos
Be sure that “delete files from device after importing” is clicked so the photos leave your camera or phone, and you won’t be saddled with multiple copies of the same photo. You’ll get this when downloading.
Now, if you need to find your little munchkin’s kindergarten picture in the future you’ll have a much better shot by looking in the file you set up for that event, by searching on keywords from the file name that you’ve used, by looking at the date, or all of the above.
Does this sound better than leaving your photos on your camera, trapped and vulnerable to losing your camera or a corrupted card? Download a batch of photos today and let me know how it goes.
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