5 Photo Organization Best Practices

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The sheer volume of the photos scattered across our hard drives, memory cards, mobile & tablet devices, computers etc. in mismatched and poorly named albums can cause a big headache, especially when you sit down to search for a particular photo.

So here are some of the best photo organizing practices which not just professionals, but those who like a clean computer follow:

  1. Organize by chronology: That is the fundamental way in which photos should be organized. Digital cameras allow you to store date, time and other useful data along with the photo (this info is usually hidden). A good photo organizing software will detect the date and organize the photos in that manner.
  2. If you are not using any photo organizing cum editing software, and sticking to the age old method of copying photos to folders on your computer, then at least rename the folders properly. For example, your friend’s birthday party’s photos can be better saved as “Noha’s Birthday Dec 2015” or “20151209 Sara Birthday”. This way, the folder name will give you all the details you need to know.
  3. Download some good photo organizing software like Aperture, Picasa, Lightroom et al, in which you can not only sort photos into different folders but can also edit those pictures.
  4. ALWAYS, yes, always make a backup of your photos. You can either copy them onto an external hard disk so that there is always an extra copy in case something goes wrong, or make a backup online on any photo storage websites with good memory space.
  5. Some software allows you to sync your offline/online work with backup systems. So if you import new pictures and edit them on your computer, it will automatically make a backup.