As a result of our interview with Lisa Kurtz, #158 – Start Organizing And Celebrating Your Photos With Help From A Photo Organizing Expert – Part 1, I have started organizing my digital photos.
I have outlined the steps to organize my digital photos here and am reporting weekly on my progress.
You will be excited to hear that I completed ALL of step one! Here is step 1:
1. DETERMINE THE QUANTITY OF PICTURES TO ORGANIZE.
- Choose a digital hub.
- Gather all photos into your digital hub. (Phones, external hard drives from old computers, old digital photo CD backups, flash drives, tablets, etc)
- Get final count of photos to organize.
Here is what I did this week…
My digital hub is my current laptop computer. No, I didn’t go buy a new one. (You’ll get that if you listened to the show.) I love easy steps like that so I can check them off the list.
I gathered all of my data together.
The photos from the last two years are already on my computer. My external hard drive had a back up of my old laptop photos from 2008 – 2012. Plus, I had this cute box of CD backups of photos from 2004-2007. Much to my surprise the photos from 2004-07 were not anywhere else on my computers! Thank goodness for these backup CDs I used to do!!
Here is a screenshot of my photos before I loaded any of these new photos in. I use a PC and almost all of my pictures are in the Pictures folder..
As you may be able to see there were all sorts of folders right under the Pictures folder. Some folders were labeled by month and year and others by subject. Some were from my old Android phone all loaded into one giant folder. Some were from my current iPhone in the original Photo Stream folder and then when that stopped working I started loading them into folders I labeled Photo Stream with a date attached. I never knew where to look for a photo I needed.
I started adding the photos that I gathered by creating year and month folders within the picture folders.
How to download photos onto your computer.
Create the folder you want to transfer photos into.
- Right click on the parent category. For example, My Picture file is the parent of Business Photos and Personal Photos. My Personal Photos file is the parent to the years 2003, 2004, 2005, etc. My 2003 is the parent to each month file 2003-01, 2003-02, 2003-03, etc.
- Hover over “new” until “folder” appears.
- Click on “folder.”
- Name your folder and hit return.
Aside from downloading the photos into these files I did not “organize” any of my photos. I’ll do that later.
Transfer/Copy the photos into your folders by date.
It is so nice that all the digital photos have dates attached. I just looked at my dates, highlighted those photos and dragged them into the correct folder. Here’s how I do that:
- Open the external hard drive, CD or file containing the photos you wish to transfer onto your hub.
- Click on the first photo you want to add.
- Hold down your shift button and click on the last photo you want to add. The first and last and all the photos in between should be highlighted. Or, if you don’t want to add all the photos hold the CTRL button down and click on each photo you want to add. This will only highlight the photos you click on.
- Click and hold anywhere on the highlighted photos and drag them to the folder you want them to be in.
Transferring photos can take a long time. As I would sit and wait I would open a photo or two and that turned to ten and then twenty! It was so fun to see these pictures again! Pretty soon I would realize that the photos had finsihed tranferring 15 minutes ago. But getting distracted is easy when you are looking at these cuties…
And that is only October of 2004…Distractions abound.Set a timer if you need to.
I also transferred some documents from my external hard drive to my computer. I wanted to get everything off so I could wipe it clean and use it to back up my current computer.
I cannot wait to delete duplicates photos, blurry photos, multiple selfies that never got deleted when my phone was borrowed by one of my daughters, and photo shoots with every pose including the bad ones. I want to get rid of half of the photos and old documents, etc on my computer to feel lighter and organized!
BUT, I have to stay focused. ONE STEP AT A TIME!
I get so into this process that I finally made myself go to bed at 12:15 AM. I worked every day whenever I had a chance – while the family watched TV, while I checked my email, if I had 15 minutes before I had to leave to pick someone up, etc.
By the end of the week I had finished transferreing ALL the photos onto my “hub.”
The third part of step 1 was to get a final count of photos to organize. Next week I will let you know my total. I don’t know how to find my total?? If you do know how please tell me in the comments.
I am celebrating what I accomplished in week 1. I feel great knowing all my photos are together. How are you doing?
For week 2…
Here are the next three steps I had outlined here.
2. DECIDE ON THE OVERALL VISION OR GOAL(S)?
- What is motivating me to get my photos organized?
- What will my goals be? (Yikes! I have commitment-phobia and I am not sure what I want to do so this will be a hard step! Although I am starting by just doing this, right!? Yay, me!)
3. SHRINK MY COLLECTION.
- Delete all duplicates. (Use software like Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder or Photo Sweep)
- Delete all blurry photos.
- Delete all other photos that I don’t want. (Use one of my favorite organizing techniques – Choose Your Favorites)
4. CREATE A DIGITAL FILE SYSTEM
- Personal or Business
I am planning to work hard on step 3. I don’t know if I am ready to decide on step 2 and step 4 is what really excites me…am I an organizer or what?! I can’t promise what order I will do the next three steps but I will keep working and will probably start with step 3 which which might even work in unison with step 4! Is that vague and confusing? 🙂
What are your goals this week?
Keep reading…Week 2 Update here.