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 and Week 3.
Now for the Week 4 Update
This journey is a roller coaster ride. I wouldn’t have anticipated it would be. I was quite disappointed in my progress during week 3. I did not know how to add tags to my photos, I made a mistake and lost about 10 photos, and I wasted a bunch of time trying to figure out what I was doing!
I hate wasting time. I think I’ve mentioned that before. Trying to figure out how to do something and why something else doesn’t work wastes so much time. I know I am learning in the process but I don’t have time to waste.
I can see why hiring someone that knows what they are doing would be an investment that could save you time. Time is money! Find a photo organizer here.
The day after I posted the week 3 update I discovered how to add tags to my photos!
I had some time while the family was watching sports to work on my photos. Because I’ve committed publicly to organize my digital photos AND post weekly updates on our blog (who’s
dumb extremely wise idea was that!!?) I HAVE to keep plugging away at this.
I continued to remove all the photos out of various folders so that my photo structure had a year:
with 12 months under it:
I don’t want any other sub folders in each month. The only exception is if I have a large bunch of photos from a specific vacation.
My digital photos are very messy. I had many folders from phones that were duplicated and stored in months that had photos from other months. I had some months that had several folders because at one point I had started to organize them and renamed each photo with a different name, etc. It was a mess. Some of it still is a mess! But it is getting better.
As I worked on opening sub-folders and distributing their contents into the correct months I sometimes had to open the photo’s properties to see when the picture was taken. Usually I could hover over the photo and see the date but there were a group of photos that didn’t have the correct date when I hovered. I had to right click, open Properties and click on the Details tab.
When in Details I had always scrolled down quickly to see the date taken. But this time while I was in their I happened to see 5 star icons. Lisa Kurtz had mentioned in our interview that in most programs you could rate your photos so I looked closer. Could this be where I would rate a photo?
AND, right underneath the stars I saw Tags!!!!
All by myself I figured it out!!!
I added a few tags to the photo I was working on to see if I was correct. Then I did a search under my general Picture folder and up popped that photo I just added tags to! Wow. I was so excited!
Tags will save me so much time and frustration in the future when I’m trying to find a photo.
As I sat there in my house by myself organizing my photos I wondered if everyone else knows this already and I am the only person in the whole world that has NEVER added a tag to their photos. Surely not!
If there is anyone else out there that doesn’t know how to add tags to their photos here is how you do it (I use a PC).
How to add tags to your pictures
Right click on the photo.
Click Properties (the last option).
From the three tabs across the top choose the third, Details.
In the first, Description, section you can see Ratings. Click on the number of stars you want to rate the picture. 5 star photos should be the pictures you do not want to live without. These would be the ones you could frame on the wall. For each event choose just a few of the best pictures to give 5 stars.
Underneath the Ratings is the Tags. If you hover your cursor under the 5 star icons a box will appear that says Add a tag. Click and then type the tag(s) you want to add.
Tips for adding Tags
Add tags that answer these questions:
Who? Add names of people in the picture.
What? Add the name of the event?
Where? Add the location where the photo was taken.
When? The date is already attached to your digital photo so you don’t need to add it again.
This week my plan is to keep focusing on renaming my photos. I have a LOT to do. I may hold off on adding tags until I get all the photos renamed. At least if they are renamed they will be searchable. But, we’ll see how it goes.
We are so busy at Clutter Interrupted this month. We are posting a new Top 10 List EVERY day during the month of October. We are also giving away $50 to celebrate 31 Days of Top 10 Lists. Enter to win here.
Organizing your paper is a universal problem just like organizing your photos. This week we posted a new show – #160 How to Organize Your Paper So You Can Find What You Need. We added 5 videos (links are in the show notes here) to explain step-by-step how to create a system to keep paper organized. And, we even have a FREE printable that you can download to help you process paper in your inbox.
I will keep trying to find spare moments to organize my photos!
Keep reading…Week 5 Update here.