5 Tips to Help You Organize Your Digital Photo Collection
Thanks to the power of our smartphones, we’re starting to rack up a fairly serious and large photo collection these days. In the past, we’d have to manually print out our photos and watch them slowly fade over time, but these days, we can save them to a digital format, in the cloud and print them off whenever we see fit. However, this doesn’t make it any easier to keep those photo collections organized.
While our phones do a somewhat decent job of organizing them by date and location, we’re going to drop a couple of extra tips to help you get your collections in order.
- Print photos that you really care about
Printing photos is a great way to have a physical representation of your image and share it with friends, frame it or just keep it close to you. We recommend only doing this with your favorite photos because it can cost a lot of money (or ink) to get high-quality prints of your photos. Alternatively, you could always print them onto shirts, cups, bags and other items if you prefer. However, a simple framed photo can make an excellent gift for friends and family members.
- Upload them to the cloud
It can be really fiddly trying to organize your photos on a phone or tablet. If you find it easier to drag photos around and preview them on a website, then we’d highly recommend you upload them to a cloud service. However, keep in mind that these websites function as cloud storage and don’t have features that are specifically for photos. This means it’ll be a bare-basics way of storing and organizing photos and you’ll have to do most of the legwork yourself.
- Upload them to a specialized photo service
Keeping your photos online is a great way to ensure that you can keep them safe from getting lost, being deleted or fading physically. However, if you use a specialist service like ForKeeps, you can take advantage of some excellent new features. This includes creating and sharing special photos albums with friends and family members, and creating albums for specific circumstances. You can even dress them up with different themes and quickly upload to them from any device.
- Choose your ideal folder structure
There are many different ways to structure your folders and albums. The simplest way to do this is to sort them by the month they were taken. This is very easy to sort, but you generally won’t get much context outside of the timeframe. The other solution is to keep photos in special folders that relate to the circumstances. For instance, if you go to a party, name the folder after the occasion and put all relevant photos inside of it.
- Don’t use multiple storage mediums and devices
It’s very easy to have all of our photos split across multiple devices, computers, laptops and servers. Make sure you put all of your photos in a single storage location and update it frequently to ensure that all of your photos can be found on it.