Don't drown under your photos...
The holidays are finally here!
I can see you now, gathering together, snapping merrily away on your Smartphone or (maybe new?) DSLR camera that Santa brought for you. How happy you are!
At this point, my friends, I feel I must warn you, that you are in danger of drowning! Not the kind involved with a beach, lake or a bucket of custard (? Don’t ask). No!
You’re in danger of drowning under your thousands of digital photo files.
Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. We get a new phone or camera, take a few (hundred) photos and promise ourselves that we will be organised with our files. We might even think about making a photo book or two to remember those special moments.
The holiday is over, months turn into years and before you know it, your memory card is full and your phone or computer is telling you...
...your iCloud storage is almost full!
Not only do you have no more space, you can’t find that great family photo or those photos from Aunt Betty’s party…when was that again?,
...because they’re buried under thousands of other files
Here are two habits of people who know where their photos are at all times….
DELETE as you go! I’ve said it before but it is so important to do. If you looked through your total number of photo files stored on your phone right now, I would estimate that at least 30% are duds! Get rid of them! You don’t need them and they’re taking up valuable space.
After you’ve taken a bunch of photos on holidays, or at a special event, take some time to sit down and delete the duds, then create a new album or folder and NAME it properly! Don’t call it “Aunty Betty’s birthday” , hopefully she will have many, many birthdays. Be specific with a date code- something that is easy for you to remember and use on all your folders. I suggest 082017_Aunty_Bettys_BDay, this format means that the event was in August, 2017. Your computer will be so happy with you for giving it an easy format to search and list.
BACK-UP, BACK-UP, BACK-UP! Am I being too subtle? The point here is that you MUST copy your images to another device or web service. As you know, iCloud does it for you automatically, but you also know that the free service doesn’t fit as many files as we’d like. iCloud is great, especially if your phone is lost, or hopefully never, stolen. It makes it very easy to restore your settings, contacts and files onto a replacement device, however, it’s only as effective as the last time you allowed an iCloud backup. Oooops! How long since your last backup?
Use iCloud as the backup to restore your phone settings, contacts and music etc. Try another free web based service like Dropbox or MediaFire to backup your photos. If you followed my first tip, your photos are now living happily in named folders or albums. Dropbox will automatically copy new files or folders to your account every time you open the app on your phone. I also recommend using an external hard drive to backup image files as well. That way if something goes wrong with one system, you’ve always got the other to fall back on.
be confident knowing you will never lose those precious memories!
There are more ideas we could cover here to get you into organised shape, however, if you simply make a start and try these two new tips, your photos will be all lined up with beautiful names, exactly where you can find them. And you’ll be confident knowing you’re never going to lose those precious memories!