As a photographer one of the most common questions I get asked is “how do I organize all my photos?” Many of us have 2,000 or more photos on our phone. Photos can take up a lot of space and can really slow down the performance of your phone. So, we need to figure out the best way to keep our photos organized, easily accessible and visible because whats the point of taking photos if you can’t see them!
1. Back Up
I’m an Andriod user, so I use google photos to back up my Samsung photos. Google photos storage is unlimited for smartphone photos. Personally, I think it’s the best option out there!
If you’re an iPhone user back up your photos to iCloud, but its a limited amount of space then, I believe, you have to pay a monthly fee.
You can also back up to your computer and external hard drives. I use all three, the cloud, my computer and an external hard drive. As soon as I am done taking photos I immediately download all my photos to these devices. If you automatically upload to the cloud the better because you don’t even have to think about it!
2. Delete, delete, delete
For some reason when we take pictures we tend take 10 of the same situation and each one is slightly different. Pick the best one of the series and delete the rest. There’s no reason to have all of those photos taking up space on your phone, especially if they all pretty much look the same.
Many parents feel bad when they delete photos of their children and it’s because you’re emotionally attached to them. Look at it this way, millennials and the generations after are the most documented generations ever. They probably have 100 photos of them eating their first birthday cake to your 3 photos. So don’t fret about deleting photos. Your kids have more photos of themselves then we ever did and what in the world are they going to do with all of them.
Every smartphone, camera and video camera has an internal clock, which means every photo you take is dated and even geographically marked now. Which also means your photos are already organized for you! So awesome, don’t you think?
What about when I transfer the photos? When I transfer them they are all mixed up?
If you transfer them to the computer most likely it’s organizing them by file name. You can just left click and tell it to organize by date. Easy peasy!
The whole point of taking photos is to see them right? How often do you go through all of them when they are on your phone? I am guessing maybe once a month if that. Do you even know what’s on there from last year?
No? Well then print your photos. There are so many cheap and beautiful options out there there’s no excuse. The Shutterfly app offers free 4x6 prints, plus other different free offers every month, you just pay for shipping.
However, my favorite is Social Print Studio. Not only will it print phone photos, but it will take photos directly from Instagram too! They have so many fun options for very reasonable prices.
But what if I have a lot of photos to print from every year, like thousands? Wouldn’t that cost a lot of money?
Yes it would! So this is where you have to channel your inner Marie Kondo and only print the ones that spark joy! Really, how many pictures of your napping baby do you want to have before they all look the same. Pick the ones that really spark a memory or tell a story and print.
5. Now the last step is the easiest, but has the most value! Display!
Put your albums on coffee tables and your prints on walls so you and your family can see it everyday, plus they are great talking points for when you have guests come over.
All done and so easy! The hard part of organizing is already done for you because technology is awesome! I remember having to date photos after I printed them and put them in albums. The tedious part was figuring out what went where and the order of everything. That’s already done for you and picking which ones to print is the easy part. So there’s no excuse now you should be printing photos and making albums left and right.
Families are like fudge, mostly sweet, with a whole lot of nuts!