I don’t know about you, but I cannot believe we are chugging toward the end of the year. Before things get really crazy with the holidays, family visits, and all that goes on at the tail-end of the year. I wanted to take a minute to offer some quick tips on your year-end photo clean up.
I’m hoping you took lots of photos this year. I’m hoping you took my advice and tagged every photo. I hoping your photo library is organized and backed-up.
I’m hoping you did it because I sure as heck didn’t.
That’s the thing about being an organized person vs. a non-organized person.
It’s not that O.p. are always on it. God forbid. It’s that we do it. Sometimes at the last-minute. But by gosh we get it done.
For those of us who were busy, swamped, lazy, forgot, meant to do it, sounded like a good idea, thought about it, wanted to do it….yadda yadda yadda. Here is your five-step year-end list for cleaning up your photos and getting ready for a fresh start in the New Year:
- Set-up a folder on your computer with just the year. I want to believe you did this in January…but again I just did it a month ago…so no judgment if this is just getting done now.
- Get all your photos off your phones/SD cards/cameras. That’s right round-up those photos. Get your kid’s photo. Your spouse’s. All the family photos that were taken during the year. Download your family photos to the file you set up in step one.
- Delete/Edit. Go through your pictures and delete any of the not great ones. Fuzzy? Dark? Who is this? Why’d I take that photo? All reasons to delete. Also, take a minute to rotate, crop, edit. Last in this step. Rename your photos. Make sure that you have date/location/event in the title.
- Organize your photos by date. Your digital device should have embedded date/time/location information into the meta-data of the photo. If you have photos that are missing that information, now is the time to add it. This is also a great time to add those tags.
- Back it up. Now that your pictures are beautiful and organized let’s back up those beauties. If you don’t have a preferred method, read my post from last week for some ideas. But please do something.
That’s it. Your photos are organized.
I’m hoping that you take lots of holiday photos to add to your year-end library. It’s nice to know that you can move into the holidays with at least one less task swimming in the back of your brain. In the next few weeks, we’ll talk about how to use this newly organized photo file to make great gifts, holiday cards, and year-end photo books.