We have the second half of Lisa Kurtz’s interview live!! Have you listened yet? Here is Start Organizing And Celebrating Your Photos With Help From A Photo Organizing Expert show #158 – Part 1 and here is show #159 – Part 2.
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Are you following me as I organize my digital photos?
Here is the beginning where I outlined Lisa’s steps and my plan. Here is my update from Week 1.
This is my week 2 update:
First, I found the total number of digital photos in my Pictures folder. I found this out by dragging my Pictures folder into the Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder program that I downloaded from here.
WARNING: Be careful which button you click on when downloading this software. An ad for Find Duplicate Files is first. Scroll down to the smaller underlined Download Duplicate Photo Finder and click on that.
I Googled how to find the number of digital images on my computer and this is what I found on Yahoo Answers.
“Go to to the search option and enter all the picture extensions like .jpg or .gif one by one and count them by selecting all of them (press Ctrl+A to select all of them at once) and click on properties to see the population.”
I did not do that since I used the duplicate photo finder. Here are the results.
Is that pink arrow large enough? 38,213 photos in my Pictures folder!!! And see the number of duplicate photos…19,001!!!
Next, I figured I would just start in on deleting duplicate photos. How long can it take, right?
Well there were a few problems with this.
I hadn’t used this software before so I didn’t know what I was doing.
You can see in the section under the arrow where it lists the file locations of similar photos. One location on the left and one in the right column. THEN, on the very right it gives you the percentage of similarity between the two pictures.
I thought it was just going to show me true duplicates.
Photos that were similar were hard to see in order to identify the differences. So for me to decide which one to delete was taking a long time! And then thinking that I had 19,000 more to do really sucked the excitement from my momentum!
Change of plans
I decided that putting the entire Picture file into the duplicate finder was not the best way to go.
Instead, I switched gears and focused on making sure that all my random files, phone folders and old computer picture folders were incorporated in to my digital file system.
I opened these folders, checked dates on photos and slid them into the correct year/month in the beautiful looking, newly created file system. That took a while!
Once I incorporated these photos into the correct year/month I could delete the folder. I think a lot of these were duplicates that were saved on other hard drives. But knowing that everything was incorporated in my system made me feel good.
Tip: When I’m sliding photos from files I’m trying to empty into my nice system if I’m asked to skip the files or replace files I always choose replace because it empties them out of the folder I’m working in and I know I’ve dealt with them.
I took one year at a time and drug it into the Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder. You just drag and drop it into that top white section.
Look! Only 32 duplicate or similar photos. That is doable. 19,000 is overwhelming!
Once it gives me the total I can click okay and the duplicates will show up like this.
Notice the file folder description along the bottom. Decide which file you want to keep the photo in and then press the little trash can under the other picture to delete the one you don’t want. I am only deleting the 100% duplicate photos for now.
After I delete the 100% duplicates I am going through each month of that year. I am renaming the photos and glancing through to see if I can delete any similar or blurry photos. Plus I want to add tags/keywords during this part of the process.
I love renaming groups of photos and getting rid of DSC#####. EXCITEMENT!!
I saw one picture of my son that was kind of blurry and I didn’t want to delete it. I didn’t have any other similar ones. I need to be ruthless but I can’t seem to hit the delete button.
I did delete some weird files types things mixed in with my photos. I wasn’t sure what they were. I can live without them.
On I work! I have finished March of 2004. Hahaha! Yes, that’s one month.
Before I go any further I need to figure out how to add tags/keywords. I’ve searched this and watched this amazing video but my screen doesn’t have that nice section at the bottom.
I have Windows 8 if someone knows how to do this. Hopefully I’m missing something really obvious. Can you believe I’ve never added a tag to any of my photos in 10 years!?? Do I have to use Windows Live Gallery? Can I not just use the Picture folder? Here is my screen shot.
I have a lot to do. I am going to keep working any spare moments I have. One month a day? Ten minutes in the morning, 10 at night? This part will take a while but it will be exciting to finish each month. That will keep me going. Oh, look to the future…the joy of searching for a photo with a key word!!!
How are you doing organizing your photos?
Keep reading…Week 3 Update here.