Spend Your Weekend Organizing Your Digital Photos!
Help! My Digital Photos Are A Disaster!
Photo 000_0001.jpg was a picture of my son, John, actually dressed up in a nice outfit to go out! Who knew? I certainly didn't! And there are a few thousand (I'm not exaggerating, either) photos just like it... unidentified and useless.
Now over the years since I went digital, I have been extremely paranoid about backing up all my photos... that's why I'm still lucky enough to have all these unknown gems. Trouble is, they do me no good in the state they're in!
I always stored my photos on my computer by the date they were taken. But lately, with all the writing I've been doing, I find myself searching for photos of a particular person, dog, or object to no avail. I'm missing out on a lot of great shots I could have used in my writing!
Inspiration of a new way to store them finally struck, and now I'm hard at work getting it done! It may take me weeks or months... but at least now I have a sense of purpose to it. I'll share my method with you later in case it might be helpful to you.
Get The Camera I Use! - I Promise You'll Love It!
I've used two different models of the Fuji FinePix digital camera, and I absolutely love it. It's extremely versatile, has an easy user interface, and most of all takes fantastic photos very easily! It also has a nice software interface for uploading to your computer, too.
How I'm Doing It
Here's Another "Found" Photo
I'm working on a Mac, but this method will work with any computer...
I'm doing a search for whatever subject I want. Say, John for example. When all the pics come up, first I look at the un-ID'd files like IMG_Whatever. I rename them appropriately for what they are.
My next step is to create a new folder on my desktop, this will be called "Pics Of... Whoever." In this case it's "Pics Of John."
I then move all the files from my search that I want to use to this new folder location.
Once I have that, the next step is to open up my Picasa application. (You'll open whatever online storage place you use).
I create a new album called "Pics of John" in Picasa. Then I move all his files to that Picasa window and upload the photos. Voila!
I now have an organized folder on my computer that contains all the known pictures of John, plus I have it backed up online. Now isn't that special!
What Do You Think Of This Idea? - Come On, You Can Tell Me!
Here is a picture I uncovered today of my beloved baby Scrappy Jack, standing by the pond I built at our old house. Now that's a gem!
Do you think this is a good way to organize digital photos?
What's hiding in your computer's photo files? Hmmm...
My Videos On YouTube
I haven't scratched the surface in uploading all my videos... but it's a goal! Here are the ones I have so far.