Merry Christmas Eve! 🙂 I was recently approached by Jennifer Hellickson about writing a blog post about organizing digital photos. Jennifer read one of my guest posts over at The Charlotte Moms! 🙂 She works for a PR company and one of her accounts is Photobucket. I must admit that I had not heard of Photobucket until she mentioned the website. I poked around and found it be very easy on the eyes. 🙂
Making Sense of Holiday Photo Madness
The holidays are upon us! It is a time of celebration and get togethers. A time to visit with friends and family that you see once a year. Time to capture those moments to remember forever. I’m sure the camera is charged and the memory cards are empty in full anticipation.
As the season comes and goes, take some time to organize your digital photos. If you took the time to snap them, then take some time to organize and appreciate them.
Decide what you would like to do with the pictures.
Do you want to create a holiday scrapbook? Perhaps print them and share in a family album. Another idea is to pick the best shots and blow them up to display in wall frames.
Create an organized system for storing digital photos on your computer.
Step 1: Delete pictures that are blurry, fuzzy, or unattractive. Pick the best nature shots and delete the rest.
We take pictures to create memories. Memories of the people in our lives. Nature shots can add a layer to the memories, but pictures are better served if of people.
Step 2: Create folders to help organize all those images.
Start with a folder for each year. Then create a folder for each month. For example, you will have a folder for 2012 of which contains 12 folders for each month. Rename the months: 1 January 2012, 2 February 2012. This will help when searching and arranging.
Step 3: Within each month’s folder, add folders for different events. For example, Timmy’s Birthday, Sarah’s Dance Recital. Place all pictures into their respective folders.
Step 4: Backup your photos onto an external hard drive. Photos take up a lot of memory on your computer. Be sure to back them up in a safe place either online or with an external hard drive.
Photobucket is an option for backing up photos online:
- Backing up online via a dedicated photo site allows you to add an extra level of security when safekeeping your digital photos
- You can organize as you upload, and also have the ability to share albums links with others via email, social media sites and embed in blogs for convenience
- Go with a place that’s trusted & reliable: Photobucket host more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered members, who upload more than 4 million images and videos per day from the Web and connected digital devices.
Step 5: Print your favorite ones (see above)!
Be sure to enjoy your pictures after you have taken them. Make sure you can easily find them when you want to retrieve later. Make sure they are safely stored. And lastly, reminisce about Christmas’ past. Laugh over the hair styles and fashion choices.
Photobucket Stories is a method for doing something with your pictures:
- The all-new Stories feature is a living, breathing online photo album with social components
- This means you can make a more interactive online photo album with the ability to add photos, video, text, comments and other creative components
- You can also invite people to contribute, so all memories can be shared in the same, central location (i.e. if you all attend a holiday party, everyone can upload and view in one spot)
- Here’s a link to the press release: http://photobucket.wpengine.com/photobucket-unveils-stories-feature-for-creating-lasting-multimedia-narratives/
- Here’s a link to an example – cute “Mailbox Love Story:” http://s1144.beta.photobucket.com/user/DJCann/story/5
Until next time…