If you have a passion for digital photography, you probably have thousands of digital picture files stored on cameras, disks and your computer, right? After a while, these images can get lost in all the massive amounts of files you have. Therefore, it’s vitally important to find a way to organize your digital photos in order to preserve all the images that you’ve captured so you can enjoy them and share them with others. Here are five excellent ways to organize your digital photos:
Set up photo folders and subfolders. All computers have a default “My Photos” file that automatically pulls images from your camera whenever you upload photos. Once they are in there, it’s always a good idea to organize the folders by what’s known as “subfolders”. The best way to do this is to right click on the main file and create a new folder. You can name it anyway you wish according to the types of photos that you will be uploading to that file such as “Family Vacation Summer 09” or “Wedding 3.25.09”. However you decide to name it, be sure it is something you will remember later on for retrieval of the digital picture files. If you have images already in the main file, don’t worry as you can set up subfolders for them as well and then drag and drop them into the subfolders.
Use a free photo image organizer. There are some awesome and free image organizer software products available now that will allow you to download, edit and store images on your computer. Of course there are the image organizer software that came with the digital camera you purchased, but those can be limiting and allow commercial monitoring or additional downloads on your computer. Some great free image organizers to try are Google’s “Picasa” and “Xnview” both of which allow for easy photo management and storage.
Burning photos to CD’s. If you are a serious photographer, you may choose to either print or store your photo images on computer disks. This eliminates the possibility of losing valuable photos through a computer hard drive crash, theft or fire. Sometimes computer hard drives can become affected by other electronics and part of their storage can be lost or erased. It’s simple to burn your photos to computer disks by using the default CD-rom burning program that comes with your computer and then storing them in albums or another safe place to prevent this.
Storing on external hard drives. Photos can take up a lot of space on computer disks and hard drives, which can affect your computer’s performance and put your personal information at risk if theft. One great way to eliminate this problem is by purchasing an inexpensive external hard drive system and downloading photos to this directly from your computer on a regular basis. Then the external drive can be stored safely and whenever you need to access the images, you can hook it up to your computer or camera to access them.
Online digital photo albums. Photo sharing has become a huge part of life for many people today. If you enjoy taking photos and sharing them with others online, then it may be a good option for you to set up accounts with some of the better known online photo sharing websites like Kodak or Snapfish to upload and store your photos. This is wonderful because as you do so, you can then share the photos securely with whomever you choose and have prints or other photo gifts made up whenever you like.
A serious photographer knows that it’s just as important to store photos safely as it is to take great shots. Knowing what tools are available for you to do this is an excellent way to do this effectively and in little time.