Did you know that in 2015 over one trillion photos were taken? By 2017 approximately 80% of photos will be taken on a mobile phone.
How many photos are on your phone? Hundreds? Thousands? Do you go through them occasionally, periodically or not at all? As your photo library grows the task of maintaining it can become daunting. Plus there is the risk of loss due to theft or damaged devices. It’s not all doom and gloom though! Adopting good habits to edit, backup and tag regularly ensures that you can find, share and enjoy pictures easily. So how do you do that?
Let us share the ABC’S of Digital Photo Organizing.
A is for Album:
These are the best shots - the album worthy pictures. They are the photos that you like enough to print, display in a frame, add to a photobook and share with family and friends. You would be heartbroken if you lost them.
B is for Backup:
These are the shots that support the best. They may not be perfect but they still represent a moment in time, a trip, an event or a special person in your life.
C is for Can:
In this case C stands for garbage can. These are the duplicates, similar or fuzzy shots, places or people that don’t hold special memories - really bad photos. Don’t worry about letting go of these; you have the “A’s and the B’s” so you can get rid of the “C’s”. Plus they are taking up memory on your device.
S is for Story:
We take pictures to share our stories with family and friends. Any photo that makes you smile, laugh, cry, holds a special memory is an “S” worthy photo and should be kept.
S also stands for Save.
Now you have done your ABC’S and your library is a manageable size but remember to protect it by having it in more than one place. It is recommended that you have a 3-3-2 back up system - 3 copies of your library, on 3 different devices and in 2 separate locations.
We take photos to capture life’s moments; remember to share as them as well. There’s no time like September to practice the ABC’S of Photo Organizing!
About the Author:
Trish Keogh founder of Pictures in Place, a Photo Organizing Company. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your project.