Snap the photos. Upload the photos. Forget about the photos.
I’m just as guilty as the next person of doing this. But if we’re going to create tangible keepsakes, we need to get the photo situation under control. Starting with…
1. Upload Weekly-Setting aside a specified time each week for the upload. Sunday evenings are good for this after a busy week and weekend outings, sort of like a “Week in Review.”
2. Delete, Delete, Delete- After uploading, delete all the closed eyes, out of focus, awkward poses & other crap shots. Likewise, when you’re previewing them on your camera, if it’s a terrible shot, save time uploading and delete it RIGHT THEN & THERE!
Also, if you’ve taken 50 photos of the same thing (your toddler eating ice cream, monkeys at the zoo, sunset on the beach) how about narrowing it down to a few really great shots? Let’s be honest, if it’s not worth printing, is it really worth wasting disk space on your computer?
3. PRINT THEM! Whether it’s printing on your own printer, uploading for pick up from the corner drugstore (Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, etc.) or ordering from an online site like Shutterfly or Snapfish, those photos (a.k.a. your MEMORIES) are being forgotten just sitting on your computer. It’s been a while since I’ve sent them to a drugstore for printing, but I know Shutterfly likes to email me great offers for free/discounted prints and photo books.
(On a side note, I prefer matte printing versus glossy. Less fingerprints, less glare, easier to doodle and jot on. Again, just my preference.)
4. Organize them- Creating files to organize photos really saves time when looking for photos later. I have folders for family holidays, vacations, Jack (only child=lots of photos of him!), aquarium trips (we visit often!), ideas & inspiration (scenes, patterns, & objects that spark project ideas).
Now I’ll admit I’ve fallen behind over the last few months on this front, but I figure if we’re talking about it publicly, then we can be each other’s support buddies in this and get back on track, ok? And I’ll probably talk more about file organization down the road, but for now, let’s start with the basics, yeah?
So take 10 minutes this week to find the camera cable, upload, order, create computer files, whatever you need to do to start getting a handle on this. And if dealing with all the old photos seem daunting, start fresh and decide to do better beginning today. Later you can go back and tackle the older photos in small chunks if you decide it’s worth it.
P.S. I didn’t talk about BACKING UP your photos, but that’s important as well. An external hard drive is your friend (which I do have & use), as well as having off-site backup through an online company. I’m looking into Backblaze to backup ALL my computer files (photos, music, documents, work projects, etc.). For $5/month, it seems stupid not to do this, right? And they back up your stuff AUTOMATICALLY- score!