Many of us start off the new year with resolutions to improve a part of our life. Last year, the second most popular resolution was to get organized!
Organizing the parts of our homes we can see is only part of the challenge. As more of our correspondence, photos, and documents become digital files, we may have to now consider how to organize bits that we can’t see.
I’ve been working on my own digital archive for most of 2014, and wow. It’s not necessarily a complex or difficult process, but I found that a system or workflow is imperative to keep from becoming overwhelmed. So, I made a workflow, and now I’m sharing it with you.
Most photos we take today are born digital—in other words, they are created by a digital camera and only exist in a digital format.
In the recent past, we photographers tended to limit our shots since we may have only had one roll of film on us at any given time.
However, now that most of us are shooting exclusively on digital media (with seemingly limitless storage), we are overwhelmed by thousands of pictures, sometimes forgotten on our phone or memory cards.
Just because we can keep all those photos doesn’t meant that we should. In fact, just because they are digital doesn’t mean that all those photos are being stored safely!
Digital files promise convenience and instant accessibility, but they still need to be organized and archived just as prints would.
Keeping up with the seemingly endless flood of digital photos from our phones, cameras, tablets, and other devices can be daunting.
In More Storage More Problems, I outline simple steps that, when followed regularly, will help you manage your digital images regardless of how many devices you use to take pictures.
When you’ve followed my instructions, your digital photo files will be tidy and navigable.
I documented my digital photo organizing workflow and wrote this ebook so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. My method of organizing digital photos works with any platform, and does not require any special software.
I wrote this book for people who are comfortable performing simple commands with files and organizing folder structures on their laptop or desktop. I tried at every opportunity to include screenshots since sometimes describing what one sees on the computer screen can be obtuse. I also hoped that screenshots would help account for different software versions and platforms that some of us may use. All you need is a computer and a sense of adventure.
More Storage More Problems is available for the Kindle, Nook, and any device where you can read ebooks (like your phone or tablet). I even recorded an audio version if you prefer that.
I hope you will let me know how these personal archiving tips work for you. Comment below and share your story!