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Organize Your Digital Photos: What's In A Name?

Organize Your Digital Photos: What's In A Name?

If you look at the names of your digital photos that you’ve downloaded onto your computer, do they have names like IMG_009854.jpg or DCS_102313.jpg? With digitally assigned names like that, it’s no wonder it’s hard to find your wedding photos!

 

It is extremely helpful to give your digital photos descriptive names so you can use your computer’s search function to find them again. Don’t despair! I’m not telling you need need to individually rename each photo. No matter which type of computer you have there is a way to batch rename your picture files. Currently I use a Mac so I use a handy little program called NameChanger. When I used a PC, I simply highlighted the photos whose names I wanted to changed, right-clicked, selected Rename and entered the desired file name.

 

Now what to name them… I recommend that you come up with a photo naming “rule.”  Here is mine - Date (Month-Year) Location Event. So the name of the picture below would be “6-2011 Perry Fathers Day”. However I have multiple pictures of this day so after the Event label, each picture is given a number. In this case “6-2011 Perry Fathers Day 02”. If you are batch renaming your photos, your software can easily do this for you.

 

If you want to go one step further, adjust the picture file name to name the people in the pictures. I find this very helpful for using my computer’s search function to find images of specific people. So again using the example above the full name of this picture is “6-2011 Perry Fathers Day 02 Lauren Troy Alex”. My personal rule is to only use first names and to only name family members and close friends.

 

You can make this process as simple or as complex as you want, but I guarantee you that in 20 years you will never figure out where IMG_45623 is but if you take a little time and rename your photos you will have a much easier time of it.

 

So how do you name your photos?

 

Do the Spring Fling 2014

Do the Spring Fling 2014

Spring has sprung and it’s a wonderful time to get rid of clutter and start fresh. 

 

Join me for the entire month of April for a Spring Fling. Every day we will be sorting, discarding and flinging items and ideas from a wide variety of areas of our home and lives.  You can pick and choose which flings you would like do. You can do them every day or do them at your own pace. It’s all up to you! 

 

Tune into the Good Life Organizing Facebook  page or the Good Life Organizing blog daily and invite a friend to do it with you. You can even get the daily flings in your email box every day by signing up here (http://eepurl.com/PZ-0T).

 

Join us April 1 to get started!

 

And remember good and done is better than perfect and postponed!  So let’s start flinging!

 

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.