What to do with all the digital photographs that we take and never look at them again? Just thinking about it… We even loose the will! Still, in these days at home, we will be able to find the will and time to organize old photographs.
Gather all the devices in your house hat can contain photos. To make sure everything is up, check: Computers, Mobile Phones, Tablets, Pendrives, External HD’s, CDs, DVDs, Memory Cards (SD, CF, etc.).
After this terrifying task, what to do next? Where to start?
There are several solutions … A very comfortable one is in the clouds. We are talking about online services like iCloud, DropBox, Google Drive, Megaupload, etc.
Don’t be afraid, it’s not complicated at all! In addition, you have the advantage that you can share your photos with the family that is also in quarantine.
Before copying the photos to one of the clouds, we recommend that you create a folder structure that will allow you to easily store and retrieve your photos:
- Create folders for each relevant category (or theme). For example: Family, Children, Work, Landscape, Portraits, etc. The categories must represent distinct groups in order to be easy to search.
- Add a new folder for each year within the categories that have large numbers of events. If it helps, add the months as well.
- Create names for each folder for a specific event.
Being consistent and pragmatic in the organization of portfolios is essential!
An event-based folder structure allows you to quickly find that special photo.
The names of the event folders are the basis for the efficient organization of your photos.
Typically, when we want to remember an event, a general rule of thumb is to have three pieces of information: date (although approximate, example the month), location and description of the event.
Thus, the folder name should have the following structure:
- Year (4 digits)
- Month (2 digits)
- Day (2 digits) – optional
- Local – optional
- Short description – use a maximum of 2 or 3 words and if possible use the “_” to connect the words.
Note: When copying your photos to folders, take the time to clean and remove duplicate / similar, blurry or more embarrassing photos.
Be consistent and maintain the same organization whenever you transfer new photos to your chosen storage location.
Good luck! Share your doubts in the comments.
Read here our article on how to prepare your home for quarantine.
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