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Organize Your Digital Photos: File Away

Organize Your Digital Photos: File Away

You’ve purged the bad, the duplicate and the fuzzy shots and downloaded your digital photos to your computer, now what do you do?

 

One of the first steps is to decide where you are going to store your photos on your computer (and be sure to download them to the same location every time!). For most people the logical place is your “My Pictures” or “Pictures” file. But if you dump all of your photos into one big file, it will be next to impossible to find that super funny shot of your son with a Lego up his nose. Just think if you just threw all of your papers in a filing cabinet without putting them in filing cabinets. Yikes!  

Organize Your Digital Photos: The Bad, the Duplicates, The Fuzzy

Organize Your Digital Photos: The Bad, the Duplicates, The Fuzzy

Once you’ve downloaded your digital photos from your phone or camera, or maybe even before you download, the next thing to do is to delete some pictures. Face it, we take way too many pictures. Unlike when we used film, with our digital cameras we take hundreds of shots of the same scene to get the “perfect” shot.

 

Organizing Your Digital Photos: Get Them Off Your Phone

Organizing Your Digital Photos: Get Them Off Your Phone

If you do one thing today, get your pictures off your phone. I can’t tell you how many people I talk to who tell me that they use their phone as their primary camera and yet they never take the pictures off their phone and they don’t back up the pictures. This worries me on so many levels.  What if your phone falls in the toilet (hey, it happens!) and is irretrievably damaged? What if your phone gets stolen or lost on vacation? What if your phone just goes haywire and you lose everything? All of these scenarios would mean no more pictures of your nephew’s graduation, the cat doing that cute thing she does and all of those great selfies.

 

There's An App For That: Dropbox

There's An App For That: Dropbox

Dropbox is another app that I love. This is a cloud document storage system as well as a file sharing system. I use Dropbox almost every day for many, many things.  I have used it to share files with my fellow co-chair of a school fundraiser.  Currently I am sharing files with my web designer.  I also use it to the back create a backup of my digital photographs from my phone (one of my favorite features BTW).

 

There's An App for That: Evernote

There's An App for That: Evernote

Evernote has become one of my favorite apps. I use it to store all kinds of information that I will want to retrieve later, things such as a great recipe from a friend, screenshots of other websites I am inspired by as I revamp my own website, and quotes that I want to remember. Basically Evernote is now my go-to spot to save anything I am going to need later.

 

Organize Your Cell Phone: Delete Those Texts

Organize Your Cell Phone: Delete Those Texts

When was the last time you cleaned out the texts and voice mails on your cell phone? Surely you don’t need the texts from your sister when you were trying to figure out where to go to dinner 4 months ago.  Clear up the precious real estate on your phone to make more space for the latest game craze - Flappy Bird, anyone?

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Organize Your Cell Phone: Delete, Delete, Delete

Organize Your Cell Phone: Delete, Delete, Delete

When is the last time you cleaned up your phone? My guess is that you have lots of apps you never use, books that you’ve already finished reading and photos you’ve never downloaded. So your task is to go through your phone and: