... is that they're so easy to take that we snap waaaaaayyyyy more of them than we really need! Next thing you know, your computer is overrun with the good, the bad and the just plain ugly, lol.
I ran across this article in July's HP Newsletter and thought it was pretty helpful ... hope you do too!
Tips for organizing your digital photos
Digital photos provide a fast, easy way for us to revisit our favorite memories. However, if your digital photos are clustered randomly on your computer's desktop or in your image library, they will be much harder to browse through, locate, and enjoy. We'll show you simple ways to organize your digital photos for easy image searching and sharing.
Thin your photos
The first step in organizing your digital photo collection is eliminating all of your unwanted pictures (such as shots with your thumb over the lens). You can also save time by deleting photos from your camera's memory card before downloading to your PC.
Create descriptive folders
You can still keep things organized by creating digital photo folders:
- There are many different ways to organize a folder system. One efficient method is to organize your folders by year, and then create subfolders for each month.
- You could also organize your folders by season (for example Summer '09) and use important events as subfolders.
- No matter which way you decide to arrange and label your folders, remember that consistency is key.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by the number of photos you have to sort through, pick a photo theme or a series of pictures that inspire you, and use that as a starting point for organizing your images. Here are a few examples to get you started:
Create a special album dedicated to all the members of your family when they were young. Or, use the birth of a new member as the inspiration to start organizing.
Think of a top–ten theme, such as top–ten favorite concerts or top–ten scenic photos, and make folders for all your top shots.
- Travel photos
Comb your photo library for pictures of the places close to your heart.
There are a few key things to remember when naming your photo files to ensure easy image searching:
- Use descriptive file names. Who would recall that HPIM0007.JPG is their favorite shot of the kids from a family vacation to Paris?
- Add details in the title for easy retrieval later on. For instance, use Eiffel_tower_2007.jpg rather than Vacation_2007.jpg.
- Name your photos immediately after you download them, or you may be left with folders full of obscure numerical file names, such as Untitled_0264.jpg.
Once your pictures are organized, you'll be inspired to view, print, and show them off.