So you completed your photo organization prep work yesterday, right? If not, go do it now. Then come back her. I’ll wait…
Now, I want to tell you a story before we move on to today’s task…
I want you to imagine that you have come over to my house for the very first time. We’re chatting it up and drinking tea. After a while, I bring out a photo book to show you a few special events that have occurred over the past year.
The first event is a birthday party for my youngest son. On the first page, you see three pictures. There’s my cute little son sitting in front of some green, red, yellow, and blue balloons. He’s eating cake in all three pictures.
Then we turn the page and there he’s in the same spot opening a gift. Balloons in the background, gift wrap on the floor and a smile on his face.
Well, we turn the page again and there he is opening another gift. Same balloons. Same smile. Similar wrapping paper.
On to the next page and there we go again. Same thing…just a different gift.
Now imagine I keep showing you these pictures. I mean, we took about 200 of them. Each one of them is a sweet memory to me.
But to you…well, they’re pretty much the same.
After a few pages you are probably bored out of your mind.
Now imagine I start showing you a second event. Maybe it’s our trip to the beach. I remember every hour on that vacation and love looking at the pictures. But you…well…you’ve seen the ocean and beach before. And it’s certainly not as beautiful in a photograph as in person. You probably zone out by the second image.
Guess what? This doesn’t just happen with my photos. It happens with yours too!!
In this digital age, pictures are too easy to take. But most of us forget to delete.
Deleting duplicate photos is a very important part of photo organization!
That, my friends, is today’s task.
Photo organization – Delete, delete, delete.
Here’s the least painful way to start deleting photos (in my opinion):
- Delete duplicate photos.
- Compare photos from the same event and delete the ones that don’t convey something special about the event.
- Step back and look at the photos from an outsiders perspective. Are there any photos that would be Boring with a capital B to look at?
- Keep deleting photos until you have only 2 or 3 of the most captivating photos that tell the story of the event. Of course there may be a few events that you want to keep a few more (i.e. a wedding) but those are the exception rather than the norm.
I know deleting photos is difficult. Trust me! I take a LOT of pictures! But it gets easier over time. Mostly because it’s easier – and more fun – to look back at those photos when there are fewer to sift through.
Then…systematically organize your photos.
Start with one photo and systematically work though the batch.
- Make sure your photos are in a descriptive folder. Maybe something like year, month, event.
- Name the photos to something other than “img_ooo23.jpg”
- Tag the photos appropriately (of course this only applies if the program your using has tags).
- Back up your photos. Put them in dropbox (it’s free!), on an external hardrive (not free but totally worth it!), somewhere in the cloud, etc.
If you don’t have time to go though all of the steps, set your timer for 5-15 minutes and get to work. Then feel free to quit when the timer goes off. Keeping your photos in order doesn’t have take over your life!
We’ll continue this photo organization series over the next few months, so be prepared to have the most organized digital photos you’ve ever had!
Your assignment for today:
- Continue working on habit #1.
- Delete and organize a few digital photos.