Thanks to smartphones, people now take one trillion digital photos each year. Regardless of whether you print or digitally save your images, organizing all your images can be an impossible task.
However, there are good reasons why you want to organize your family photos. If you can find your photos quickly, it's much easier to save, share, publish, or print. An organization system ensures that the pictures you love from this one vacation will not be buried in the depths of your smartphone or attic to never be seen again.
Whether Your Family Includes Children, Important People, Pets, or a Group of People Super-close friends, here's how to organize these photos so you can easily access your memories for years.
How to Organize Digital Photos
If you're thinking of organizing photos, your mind will probably first go to a pile of glossy prints waiting for a home in a photo album. But for many people today, the vast majority of their photos are on their phone, computer or online. So let's start by sorting out these digital images.
Deleting Images Start
A good place to start is changing your photo habits. One of the most helpful ways to organize your digital photos is to periodically delete pictures.
This does not mean you have to remove all the images you like. However, if you take a large number of photos, take a few minutes on the same day to review them and delete the bad ones. Pictures that are blurry, unflattering, too dark, or otherwise not worthy, can be erased right away so your phone is not overcrowded with substandard photos.
Whenever you have a few free minutes, z In a doctor's office or at the airport: flip through some of your older photos and erase the bad ones. By reducing the number of pictures you save, the rest of the pictures are easier to organize.
Using digital albums
You can save photos to albums with your smartphone and computer. Use this tool regularly! Name the albums with a specific name. For example, "Travel to Atlantic City," and consider adding a date to each one to let you know when it happened.
You can also use albums to organize your photos in a way that makes sense to you. For example, you can give each family member an album on your phone to quickly find a specific photo of that person if needed. You can also organize photos into albums by month and year to easily find a picture based on the date.
Find Photo Organizer
If you already have thousands of photos on your phone or on other devices, your organization may seem almost impossible. However, there are a lot of photo-editing software that can help automate part of the process.
Try some options until you find one that's right for you. We especially like Mylio. It's free, syncs photos from different devices and platforms and organizes them with your calendar app by date. Face recognition software even lets you sort your photos by who they are.
Have a backup system
No matter how or where you organize your digital photos, you must always have a backup system. You can upload your photos to the cloud or save them to an external hard drive. It is often tempting to imagine digital images as permanent. However, if you only store them in one place, there is always the danger that they will be permanently lost or deleted. It's also a good idea to have multiple backup systems. For more information on multi-layer photo backup strategies, see the Bulletproof Photo Backup Guide on our sister site How-To Geek.
Organizing your digital photos takes time and care. First, you may need a few hours a week to get your pictures in order. Keep track of sorting, deleting and saving every new photo.
It's up to you how much time and energy you spend on this project, but it may take some effort to organize your entire photo collection. You can also hire a professional photo organizer if you want someone to do the work for you.
How To Organize Printed Photos
For most people, the most discouraging task is to organize digital photos, as digital photos tend to stack faster than printed ones. However, if you frequently print your pictures or have a large pre-smartphone collection, you may want to fix them.
Collect your photos.
To organize physical photos, you can start collecting them all in one place. Drag the old boxes, envelopes and albums with photos from anywhere and put them in one place so you can see what you're working with.
Sort your photos
Now sort your photos one by one and decide which ones you want to keep. Just as with your digital photos, you can remove bad or meaningless images or duplicates (though it's a good idea to save the duplicate of photos you really love).
Sort the remaining photos as you wish to do with them. You may have a stack of those you want to show in frames, those you want to put into albums, and those who you want to save. For your very special photos, you can write the place and the date on which they were taken with a lightfast pencil on the back.
Finally, sort each batch and decide how to organize it. For example, you may want to separate photos by date, place, or people in them. If you put them in albums or boxes, they are arranged in a logical order this way.
When sorting your photos, make sure you touch the edges as much as possible. Otherwise, the oils from your fingers may gradually affect the photo. You can also wear gloves for this task.
If you want to scan your printed photos to get digital copies, you should organize them into albums (or archive boxes) that you can use to take notes on each photo. That way, you can pull out, scan, and record your favorites that you've done. If you work in small batches, over time you can bring all your best pictures into a digital format.
Now it's time to put your photos where they belong after you've sorted them.
When using albums, use albums with clear plastic covers, not adhesive pages, as the glue will damage the photos over time. To store cartons, you can purchase archived photo cartons for safekeeping. Keep in mind that albums take up much more space than boxes.
If you put away your photos, try to organize them according to the system you have decided on before. For example, if you are ordered by date, you should keep your photos in chronological order as many times as possible.
Store your photos in a cool, dry and dark place for longer shelf life. When you hang a photo on the wall, try to protect it from direct sunlight that fades the colors.
Organizing your family photos is not an easy task. So divide it into sections. Do not try to do it all at once. One day. Once you're done, it will not be difficult to keep your new photos organized. And the satisfaction of mastering this organizational challenge can be worthwhile!
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