How was your trip? Did you have a wonderful time? What was your favorite part? Did you get great pictures? Of course you did!
Reliving your vacation through your photos can be as much fun as the vacation itself.
In the recent past, we photographers tended to limit our shots since we may have only had a few rolls of film on us at any given time. However, now that most people are shooting exclusively on digital media (with effectively limitless storage), we may be overwhelmed by thousands of pictures when we return from our trip! A recent survey revealed that 56% of people take between 250 and 1,000 pictures on a week-long vacation!
What’s the easiest way to deal with all of those digital files so your favorite vacation photos are at your fingertips?
Get them all into one place
How many memory cards did you use? Did you use your phone as well as a camera? Set up one folder on your computer and migrate all the files you have. Did you travel with a partner, friend, child, or someone else who was taking pictures? Ask them for their photos as well.
This can be a system entirely of your own making. Whether you decide to sort by day, by event, by location is your choice; regardless of how you do it, I highly recommend making folders to help you easily sort.
Ok, now we’re getting to the nitty gritty, and a little ruthlessness at this stage will save you time and energy down the line. Going folder by folder, look for duplicates, photos that are out of focus, over- or under-exposed, or that simply didn’t turn out the way you had hoped. Delete them.
Rename This is one of the simplest steps to make your photo collection more accessible, but it does take time. Rename the pictures that you intend to keep with identifying information. I often use the initials of the people in the picture and one or two words to describe the location or occasion. This picture of me and my friend Kim that I took at a July 4 parade is one of my favorites of 2014, and I can easily find it because the file name describes the picture (rather than the meaningless IMG_7531) . Add another tag like “best” to your 5-star photos if you plan to make a family year book or other memorabilia later. Now your files are searchable by those keywords!