You start off with good intentions to keep all your photos organized, but then you fall hopelessly behind. It happens to the best of us. Time to turn over a new leaf?
Here are some simple reminders that will make your best photos accessible for viewing, sharing and creating memorable keepsakes…
1. Get the photos off the camera as often as possible
- Why procrastinate? Get them off your camera memory card so you can relive the moments sooner…
2. Set your pictures free!
- Delete the bad ones – really
- It‘s been said that a good photographer never shows his bad photos. We’ve all gotten more click-happy to ensure we get perfect shots, but often forget to pare down to just the good ones. The bad ones only become baggage to sort through later
Clearly not a keeper (out of focus)
3. Crop and clean-up – just do it
- It’s easiest to make your edits once and for all while on your computer. My four typical adjustments are rotate, crop, brightness and color. Rotate those photos – it’s only a click. How is the cropping? Am I using the “rule of thirds” to make my subject matter most interesting? How is the brightness/exposure – too bright or dark? And is the color saturation vibrant or flat?
- On my PC, for most things I tend to use Windows software itself combined with Picasa software
- On my Mac, I mostly use iPhoto, but Picasa is great too
Make your pictures shine!
4. Descriptively Name
- I always use the event or subject matter combined with the date to name the folder and photo files. “Batch Rename” is super helpful to name all your photos at the same time
- In Windows, I tend to create a folder for each six months (ie, “2011 – Jan to June”), then create subfolders for each event (ie, “Henry’s Birthday 1.16.2011”). In Mac iPhoto, I just use event names
5. Upload & Share
- Get them up in the Shutterfly  “cloud” so they are safely backed-up and ready for sharing and doing fun stuff with
- For Windows, the Shutterfly Express Uploader  is a breeze. If you’re using Picasa, you can also upload from within Picasa by clicking “Shop” on the lower tool bar and selecting Shutterfly on screen that follows
- For Mac, you can either use the iPhoto Export plug-in, the Shutterfly Express Uploader for Mac or Picasa “Shop” upload option
Any other must-have tips you’d like to share? Comment below.