I’m a print photographer, but I recognize that my clients also like to be able to share images from their sessions with friends and family. So, I also include digital files in my sessions to make it easy to do just that. On a few occasions, clients have told me that their images are all over the place on their computers. They might be on CDs and even floppy disks. Some folks can feel slightly overwhelmed even thinking about taming all those files. I completely understand you as images can take up a lot of space and can easily become a chaotic mess that you spend hours trying to sift through. Fortunately, there are some quick and easy ways you can keep your images organized and make finding the ones you want a quick process.

Five Tips to Keep You Digital Photo Library Organized.

  1. Date and Time: Most often you can set the date and time on your camera and this information will automatically show when you upload new images onto your computer. But, if you’re uploading digital files from your professional shoot then you’ll want to make sure you add the date to the files before you begin the upload.
  2. Name: Create folders for your images with the name, date or occasion you had them taken. It’s always a good idea to add the year they were taken as well. You can create subfolders in the pictures folders on your computer for images if that helps.
  3. Face Recognition: The newer photo software allows you to tag people in your images using facial recognition. This can be an easy way for you to find specific images of your children and significant other.
  4. Keywords: It can take a little extra time to tag your images with keywords but this can make finding the images you want significantly easier. Use keywords that you will be able to remember and be consistent with them. Keywords can be single words or phrases. Some ideas for keywording your images can include the event, date, location, season and people in the images.
  5. Rate and Delete: You’d be surprised how many images are on your computer that you simply will never use or feel the need to look at again. Spend an afternoon going through and deleting the images that are pointless to keep. While you’re at it, you can go through and rate the images as well. This will allow you to easily find the images you like the most.

There’s no substitute for a fine art print, but if you absolutely need to work with digital files. Take advice from a professional who can single out a single image from over 250,000 images in less than ten seconds.

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