I don’t know about you but I seem to take hundreds of photos (sometimes just in a day!). The 760 photos I took at the Fed Cup last year is a prime example! So the numbers of photos on all my devices get very big, very quickly! But how do you organise your photos without getting overwhelmed?
Organise your photos by year
Take advantage of the many online tools there are which can help you do this really easily. Start off small. Organise your photos into folders according to the year that they were taken. This means that, at very least you’ll be able to search through your photos by year! I’ve also recently discovered Adobe Lightroom – which seems to do anything you could ever wish for with your photos! Lightroom has a pick/reject function which means you can whizz through your photos at supersonic speed while hitting the ‘X’ or ‘P’ function to pick or reject your photos. You can then bulk delete all your rejected photos so everything is so much quicker!
Share and print your photos
Even if it’s just sharing your photos on Instagram you’ll still have a back up for your photos, so do it! Remember that you can make your account totally private if you’d prefer. There’s no safer way to store your photos than physical print- services like FreePrints and Photobox give you 50 prints a month if you pay delivery! Even if you’re just putting prints into a photo album, it’s still worth it! If you’re feeling a little more creative then a quick google of “Photo DIY” brings up so much you can do with prints – from photo transfers to photo frames and everything in between.
Try out cloud based storage
If you don’t do anything else then backup your photos! Unfortunately, although memory sticks and external hard drives do their job they’re not completely immune to damage. They still serve their purpose, but why not try out a cloud based storage platform? There’s so many options out there from Google Photos to Amazon Prime Photos. These services also automatically group your photos by place or even photo subject. You may even find that your photos are automatically uploading to one of these services already!
Delete your photos as you go along
Have you taken a super nice picture of some grass? Or even an accidental selfie with the camera pointing the wrong way? Delete those pictures before they start to mount up. Only storing your favourite photos will be much kinder to your phone or SD card storage. It will also make the overall numbers seem way more manageable.
Did you know you can get SD card readers for your phone? These can be really useful if you’re on holiday or away from a computer for a longer period of time. Sometimes it’s really difficult to know what photos to delete but you’ll be able to check out what photos you have taken on a bigger screen. You can also try out some smartphone apps to edit your photos – Snapseed is one of my favourites!