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 and Week 2.
Week 3 update:
I didn’t get a lot done this week because I flew to Colorado to throw a retirement party for my mom. I was gone 4 days.
My sister and her 4 kids drove down from Wyoming, stopped off to pick me up at the Denver airport and we drove the rest of the way to my mom’s house in Colorado Springs. I was able to surprise my mom when we arrived. She had no idea I was coming!
We spent as much time together as we could. We prepared and threw the retirement party for my mom, spent all Saturday at a soccer tournament in North Denver for my niece, hiked up to see Helen Hunt Falls and walked downtown Colorado Springs. The sunset in the middle is right before my niece’s last game. The picture on the bottom right is on our hike. So beautiful!!
I thought I would have a lot of time on the trip to work on renaming my pictures and continuing to put them into the correct dates…especially on the plane. But while I was on the plane it felt creepy to open my laptop and work on pictures while everyone down the isle could see them. I wished I had chosen a window seat so I had more privacy. The seats were so compact. I’m not even sure my laptop would’ve fit. The lady next to me had a MacBook Air and it seemed huge on her little tray table.
Instead I read this book on my iPhone Kindle App. On the way home I had a newer plane with the TVs in the seat backs so I watched The Million Dollar Arm. That was fun…maybe more fun than organizing pictures! I love movies based on true stories.
During the small amount of free time I did have I first had to focus on completing these so there wasn’t much free time left!
Here is what I DID do…
I started renaming my photos.
I didn’t stick with my plan to start renaming the oldest 2004 photos that were already in their correct folders. That was my first mistake. Instead, I was showing my mom and sister some recent pictures on my computer. Right when they finished looking at them I started renaming those. Then I slid the renamed folders into the 2014-month folders.
I was used to grabbing photos and moving them into folders, replacing duplicates. So I continued doing this after I renamed them. I renamed a big group of pictures. I transferred them into the correct month. Then I found some more photos that were in that same category. So I renamed those and slid them over. When it asked me if I wanted to “replace the pictures…” I said yes.
Each time you rename a new group of pictures it gives each photo a number starting with 1. That meant I had two number ones, twos, threes, etc! So the pictures that I replaced were not duplicates they were just named the same thing!
And I just replaced them.
I could not find the undo button.
Sad sigh. Don’t do that.
What I learned.
1. Back up your computer/hub right now.
Luckily Lisa Kurtz left a comment telling me to back up before I did anything else! And I obeyed. Yay for me!! So I can go on my external hard drive and find the pictures I replaced.
2. Don’t rush onto the next step before completing the first.
I was so excited to start renaming the pictures that I moved on to that before putting all the pictures into the correct year/month files. Stay focused and complete each step! Sometimes I get bored and like to skip around. I could’ve done that but I should have started renaming in the 2004 photos not 2014.
3. Beware when renaming your photos.
When renaming pictures the computer gives the group you highlighted the same name plus a number, always starting with 1. It looks like this “First Day of School 2014 (1)”, “First Day of School (2),” etc. Don’t rename separate groups of pictures unless you remember to change the numbers. This will keep you from naming two different pictures the same thing.
I also learned that it renames different types of files (jpg, png, and video) separately. So when I highlight all of our vacation images and rename them “Mall of America Vacation” I will have three “Mall of America Vacation (1)” – one for the first jpg, one for the first png (a screenshot), and one for the first video.
I’m not sure if this is good or bad or doesn’t matter? But it was confusing until I realized why.
4. This process is overwhelming.
I just have to be honest. As I was renaming photos there were just so many decisions. I had so many random photos – pictures I’ve texted to someone, selfies my kids took, really good pictures from important events, one stand alone picture that doesn’t fit in any category, pictures of food that I might blog about, and organizing pictures mixed in all over.
I really want my photos to be searchable. I know that by doing this I am going to be so thankful when it comes time to make graduation books and find the pictures I need.
But, that doesn’t make it less overwhelming.
5. Each little step is good.
I have to remind myself that it is okay that each little step, each 40 photos I move into the correct folder, each 20 photos that I rename, the 10 bad photos I delete ALL mean I am moving forward. It doesn’t have to be a sprint to the finish line. It’s okay if it takes a year (because right now it seems like it will) to get all of my photos organized, renamed and tagged.
One day these small increments of time, each little task that I DO get done, will give me great peace, save me a LOT of time, and bring much joy to my family and others as we celebrate our lives through our photos.
This week I’ll keep working on renaming 2004 or sliding the 2014 Photo Stream photos into the correct month.
How are you doing?
Keep reading…Week 4 Update here.