Are you following me as I organize my digital photos? Or, better yet, are you joining me and organizing YOUR digital photos?
Here is the beginning where I outlined Lisa’s steps and my plan. Here is my update from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4.
Now for the Week 5 Update
This week I couldn’t even schedule 5 minutes of photo organizing on my calendar because I was so busy. I just hoped that I might find a couple extra minutes here or there. I don’t suggest this approach to accomplishing a goal but some weeks it might be your only option.
I had a last minute client cancellation and was able to spend 4 hours working on my photos!!! It was awesome. Once I get into it I really don’t want to stop!
My 2002 and 2003 was organized. This was easy because I only have one photo in each of those years. Haha.
I started in on 2004. I had renamed a few photos already but as I continued I learned a few things. I developed a system that I will now share with you.
Specific steps to organize each year of digital photos:
1. Slide the entire year of digital photos into the Awesome Duplicate Photo Finder (ADPF).
I found this to be necessary because while I was “dispersing” all the photos from my backups and my old computer and my cell phone and my photo streams I had several duplicate copies.
Click and hold on the year (2004).
Slide it over into the ADPF.
Click Start Search.
I’ve found that my duplicates were often in the month folder and a sub folder or in two separate months. Seeing this and deleting them here made it much easier and faster. I could see the photo side by side instead of switching back and forth between folders wondering if I was deleting the right photo!
3. Check the following items to know which photos to delete.
When checking and deleting photos I learned to check the following four things:
- Glance at the picture.
- Look at the % similar.
- Look at the folder location.
- Look at the photo size. Sometimes I had a smaller size of the same picture. Always keep the larger size.
4. Month by month rename your photos.
Once I had deleted all the duplicates I got out of the ADPF. I went back in to the year and then took one month at a time renaming the photos. Finally, no more DSC#s.
- Highlight the photo or group of photos you want to rename. More on this here.
- Right click on the highlighted photo or anywhere in the group of photos.
- Choose Rename.
- Type the new name. Hit enter.
- All the photos will have the same name and a number after the name in parenthesis, starting with (1).
- More on tagging in this post.
- Right click on the photo or group of photos you want to tag.
- Choose Properties.
- Choose Details.
- Hover under the five stars until Add Tags appears. Click.
- Use tags that answer the questions: Who? What? Where? When?
- More here.
- Add Tags for more than one photo at a time. This is batching your tagging!
When you finish renaming the photos in January go back through and click on all the ones with your daughter in it and tag them with her name. Keep going, tagging in batches.
Today I was putting this post together. I knew I had a silly photo of myself somewhere on my computer. Normally I would have to look through Every. Single. Photo. I. Own. You know how long that takes?!! And how much time I waste doing that!
I still have to do that because I only have my photos renamed through 2005.
But, I thought I would search first. I typed in Pig Face in the search bar and the photo came up!!!!!!! I was soooooo excited! In 2 seconds I found the photo I needed.
It was MAGICAL.
I am including this quote again to encourage us to keep going. One day I will never have to search month by month, photo by photo for the picture I want.
This is so worth it. Have you begun organizing your digital photos yet? If you have any tips on renaming and tagging I would love to hear them!
This week is the same as last week. We continue posting daily for our 31 Days of Top 10 Lists challenge. This weekend I am speaking at the Stonecroft HOPE conference. And, the Kansas City Royals are in the World Series!!!!! At some point I am going to squeeze a few minutes in to start organizing 2006 photos.
Have a great week!
Keep reading…Week 6 Update here.