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How to manage and organize your digital photos

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The advent of digital photograph technology has made taking, storing, and sharing pictures as easy as touching a button or clicking a mouse. But it has also inspired us to take many more pictures of holidays, birthday parties, and school and sporting events than we used to take. With so many pictures taking up space on your hard drive, some form of organization becomes crucial. Here are some management tips to help you keep your digital memories in order:

  • Download regularly. How often you download your pictures from camera to computer depends on how many pictures you are taking. But a good rule of thumb is to plan on downloading at least once a month to avoid an over accumulation of pictures on your camera.
  • Don't be afraid to delete. For some people deleting photos is hard. But there's no reason to have four or five pictures of the same exact scene. Pick the best one or two shots and delete the rest. After all, you don't want to spend all your time organizing duplicate or poor quality photos.
  • Delete the photos from your camera. Always start with a clear SD card to avoid downloading the same exact photos onto your computer again.
  • Make use of folders. Set up a folder system that works for you. For example, you could have a main folder for the year and twelve sub-folders for the months. This makes finding photos a snap.
  • Back it up. It's best to get into the habit of backing up your photos as soon as you get a batch downloaded, edited, and filed. Don't make the mistake of waiting. One computer problem and your precious photos could disappear on the spot.
  • Start from the present and work backwards. If you have a lot of scattered photos already downloaded onto your computer, it's best to start with the most recent event and work your way backwards.

Nowadays, everybody has a digital camera and it's not unusual for people to take hundreds or thousands of photos each year. But keeping up with all those photos is no easy task. Follow these simple tips for managing and organizing all of your digital memories.

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