Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:03

What to Do With Photos

Last week I attended my niece’s wedding which was a wonderful and magical affair. Beautiful church, exquisitely beautiful bride and the perfect garden setting for a wonderful picnic reception. All in all, a memorable occasion. And to capture the special day, there were several photographers and plenty of smartphones!

It got me thinking! When last did I look at our wedding photographs? When last did anyone look at their wedding photographs? In fact, when last did you look at any photographs?

Are you able to find your photos easily? Are they all together in one spot?

Perhaps the holidays are a good time to get your photos sorted!

Here are 5 tips to help you along …

First of all

Gather up all your photos. Check all cupboards, boxes, nooks and crannies. Make sure you have all albums, loose photos and framed ones too!

Find a spot where you have enough space to sort and categorise, along with a bag for any you will not be holding onto.

Now decide how you want to store them:

  • Chronologically— per person, and by year
  • Events—wedding, reunion, special birthday, holidays
  • Location—National Parks, cruise stops, trips

The big sort

  • Be ruthless; keep only the good ones you would like to look at again show to others. 
  • Give away duplicates to family members or people who appear in the photos
  • Discard, delete any photos that are bad, blurry, incomplete, not interesting or evoke bad memories
  • Label your photos. Don’t rely on your memory!

Next is where and how are you going to store them:

  • Are you going to use albums, boxes, or scrapbooks?
  • Would you like big photo walls of your favourites?
  • You might want to invest in having them scanned professionally or take time to scan them yourself? If you go this route, have a backup in a “cloud” like Google Cloud or Dropbox. Otherwise store on a hard drive or stick. Try not to keep too many photos on your computer, as they take up a large amount of memory

Now that you are all sorted:

  • Stay that way by sorting, organising, deleting and tossing photos after each event, weekly or monthly
  • With digital cameras and smartphones it’s easy to delete photos and store in electronic albums by date for easy reference
  • Lastly, don’t get so involved in taking photos that you don’t get to enjoy the moment or event!

Happy snapping!

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