Organising Digital Photos

I love this article sent to me from Angela Miller-Davis in Brisbane… it’s about the pros and cons of storing photos digitally.The article speaks of little 9 month old Amber… who’s mother, Nie, has taken a STAGGERING 6,500 images of her little one since birth. She says “years from now, I want to remember the bad face she made” possibly “grabbing a shoe at the shoe store”. Oh my god Nie, years from now, Amber is going to want to lock you up! Or possibly she’ll never want to keep anything as a reaction to your obsession.Wouldn’t you agree we have to be selective about what we shoot – and keep? How much valuable energy and time do we waste looking for the ‘good shot’ or organising images we really don’t value? Of course, it is all too easy to collect when digital images are so easy to shoot. Yes, there are a lot of good software programmes to help manage this stuff, but it all takes time, which is your most precious resource – particularly if you are a parent. This article has lots of great tips and things to consider.


9 responses to “Organising Digital Photos

  1. The photos I have from my childhood are few and cherished and when I look at them they bring back wonderful memories. I have two albums of my childhood (more than enough). However, even better than that, is the memories I have of all the time my Mum spent with us. That stays with me always and I don’t need to be reminded of that by looking at photos. As such, I’m relaxed with my photo-taking of my own children because I’d much rather spend the time actually enjoying their special moments than looking at it through a lense or spending the precious time culling, sorting and ordering all the photos for the kids. My message to people would be, enjoy and live the moments with the kids/family/holiday etc because that’s what makes precious memories. A few photos is all anyone needs of any one event.

  2. I totally agree with you Lissanne! I am a scrapbooker and have to say *if* I kept every photo I took in the quest of “good fire” I’d have bazillions! I have since learnt to only keep “good fire” and then maybe one or two out takes (for good measure) and cull the rest! It’s hard when you start but soooo much better in the longrun!

  3. As another scrapbooker, I agree, you have to learn to cull. But in terms of organising digital photos, Creative Memories has a great software package (for about $30 AUD), that lets you sort, file and backup your photos, so you only print what you need, when you need it. My mother has it, and she is not very PC-literate, but has managed to sort out most of her photos, including all her old slides which she has scanned in, and is doing great stuff enhancing them and cleaning up any that have been damaged. If we are going to keep our memories, we need to make sure they are protected too!

  4. I take digital photos and turn them into jigsaw puzzles, using a software program. I send them to other people to do. Some photos are deleted afterwards. Some photos are deleted before they even leave the camera. I only print a few special ones. Printed photos put into a frame can make a nice gift.

  5. We take alot of digital photos and store them on external hard drives (these are getting smaller in size all of the time). We have two of these hard drives one is a current working version and this is swapped with the one stored at our parents place regularly. Our reason for the second drive at our parents place is in the event of a fire or other disaster we still have a copy of all of our photos.

  6. What a great idea Sharron. A few years ago we had two family reunions when shoe boxes of photos came out. Some photos dating back to 19th Century. I had a great time scanning them before they went back to my families. I have distributed a disc copy with history to the rellies whom are interested.
    Hopefully they will consider the photos to be heirlooms to be passed on to their future generations.

  7. Think of how long it takes you to get bored looking at your relatives photos. Thats how much you should keep. You could look at 10 pictures of them as a teenager or 100. Ten is better.

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