The average number of pictures taken per year with smartphones for the typical individual can be anywhere from 500-2000! Because we acquire so much media, it’s important to be efficient so that in the years to come, we don’t accidentally delete something. We also don’t want to overwhelm the next generation with gobs of disorganized media, creating more work for them!
How do I get started?
Clients have asked us, how do I get started on organizing my collection? The most important step is creating a Core Folder and File Structure which is non-software based. What does non-software based mean?
It means organizing your photo collection without using such photo software like iPhoto, Photos, Picassa and Adobe Lightroom. A non-software based photo collection can be seen on any platform (Mac or PC), and free from future problems if the software company changes direction (ie: Apple’s iPhoto software now becoming unavailable and changing to Photos).
Core Folder Structure Sample:
Here is a photo organizing tip: an organized photo collection should have one folder for each month of the year, labeled numerically as shown below. The number for each month is better than the name of each month because you can sort folders chronologically within any platform when labeled this way. IE: January of 2015 would be labeled numerically ‘2015-01’ (the ‘-01’ standing for January), and so forth.
Core File Naming Sample:
We all know the familiar default photo names like ‘IMG_7832’ or ‘DCM_0542′. But when you’re trying to find a certain photo from a particular date, it can cause a challenge! Even if your photos are divided into named folders, files can accidentally be switched from folder to folder. This leads to the photo organizers’ greatest secret: the file naming system of the who-what-where.
I don’t have time to organize myself!!
If you don’t have time, that’s what we’re here for! Let’s chat about your project needs, and we can discuss our packages which will yield a priceless (and peaceful) result.