Organizing Your Digital Photos

February 5, 2019

How do you store and save your photographs!?

This is a question I get regularly. First of all, I highly suggest printing and enjoying those images and not just having a digital copy filed away, but actually enjoy the photos you have taken, but that’s a story for another day 😊

First of all, find a software that allows you to store your images that you feel comfortable and confident with. I use Dropbox and a back up hard drive to my computer. Some other options might be Google, iCloud, box or something along those lines. Dropbox just works perfectly for me.

Dropbox gives me access on both my personal computer, online and via their app, which means I can access my images or stored information from anywhere on planet earth that has Wi-fi. WHAT A BLESSING! While this may not sound like a big deal, I’ve had people need images (personally and/or professionally) when I’m on the run and this makes life so easy. Having Dropbox at my finger tips simplifies, helps my sanity levels, gets my personal phone images backed up at ease and allows me to avoid that ‘your out of space’ message on my iPhone that makes you want to pull your hair out.

All that being said, I want to help you simplify your life and know where your images are and how to easily access them from wherever you are. This is what works for me! 

I have created a Dropbox Account (obviously, I think we have established that…) and within that account I have a few main files 1. Kortni Marie   2. Personal Images   3. Personal Documents

It’s as simple as that. The Kortni Marie File is for my business and has various subfiles within. The Personal Images file is categorized by year and then by month of personal fun and adventures (we will dig into that more in just a moment). The Personal Documents file includes scanned copies of my passport, photo ID and a variety of other pieces that are always good to have on hand – for example, you lose your ID or get it stolen, then ask for your DL Number to replace it (insert hand on forehead), this gives you reference and eliminates some steps of problem solving. Everything is then at your finger tips with the app and can be accessed at any time.

The file I want to jump deeper into is the personal images file. Like I said, I have that broken down by year and then by month. I list the months by numbers followed by the month name to keep them in order otherwise it will reorganize by alphabetization. So for example January is ‘1 January’ and February is ‘2 February’ and so on.

I organize by month for a few different reasons a.) it keeps the files smaller and less cumbersome to go through when you need to find something b.) it makes it easier to recap the year chronologically in a photo book (blog to come later this week on that) without having to test your brain too much on when some things happened c.) It just keeps things visually sorted. This is the method that works best for me and I have provided screen shots of what my screen looks like for your reference. If this isn’t what works best for you, I encourage  you to find the right fit!

I mentioned above it helps with the emptying my phone of data to keep it open and free. I go through my photos when my schedule permits and delete the ones that aren’t on my keep list. Here are a few thoughts on how to determine what to keep.

  1. You don’t need twenty of the same photos.  Ideally, narrow it down to one image, but sometimes that can be hard to do, so do your best for one to three images but don’t exceed five. I know your dog is cute and all, but you don’t need twenty images from your Saturday afternoon walk, narrow that down. It might feel hard now, but in the long run, you want the good images. Pick a couple of images that have the better lighting, the best composition and additional pieces of interest and those will be the ones worth keeping.
  2. Is this something worth looking back on or was it only funny in the moment. Only keep images that are worth revisiting down the road or they just take up space and cause you to skim over even the good images when a file gets loaded down with the mehhh stuff.

Going through and uploading your images to your designated folders lessens your photo file folder on your phone, gets things in a safe spot and keeps them organized. You can always access the photo if you would ever need to or want to share the photo, but keeping it in a safer spot is always a plus!

I hope this helps you organize the chaos that might be the photos app on your phone and make it feel more manageable for you! I’d love to hear if this works for you or if you have any extra tips that makes this piece of your life a happy place and not a ‘shove it under the rug’ place.

Xo, km

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