It’s the beginning of the year and everyone has fantastic intentions for the year. One popular one is to get organized. Let’s organize photos!! You work so hard to capture these beautiful moments, you don’t want them to get lost on your hard drive and never be able to find them when you need to.
I have written some posts that may be what you are looking for to get your photos ready for this year.
How to organize photos
1. Organize Your Photos – Hardrive
Is your hardrive a hot mess of photos in different folders that make no sense?? Now is the time to set up those folders so you will be organized for 2013. I suggest taking some time today to create a “2013 pictures” folder on your hardrive or external hard drive. Then inside that folder create a subfolder for each month. I put a number in front of the month so they stay in the correct order “1 January”, “2 February”, “3 March” and so on.
2. Using Lightroom’s stars, colors, and smart collections to organize your images.
3. Create a new Lightroom catalog for each year.
I like to have a different Lightroom catalog for each year. I know some photographers who have more than one catalog for each year, but one seems to be fine for me. The reason I create a new catalog for each year is because it gets bogged down with all the images and starts to perform a little slower as well. By creating a new catalog you are able to start fresh each year. Make sure you save your catalog in a place where you know where it is located.
4. Edit and Export at the same time.
It is so important to get into the habit of editing your images and exporting them when you upload them. This is one of those, do as I say, not as I do tips. I did this back in 2010 and every single one of my images is edited and exported and ready for print. I slacked off over the past two years, but this year I’m back on track. When I upload my images, I spend 10-30 minutes editing them. After I edited the images, I export the images from Lightroom (again, the numbers in front are so they show up at the top) I put these folders in the photos where the original images are located. This way, when I am ready to print my images from the week or month, I don’t have to go back through and export them. They are ready to go. Some people create just a “print” folder and export the ones they want into that folder and keep it separate. I like to keep all my images in the original folder I uploaded them in.
Now that your photos are super organized, to keep from falling behind, print your images. You can print weekly, biweekly, or monthly but print! It is so important that your photos don’t live on your computer. I print my images to be 4x6s and put them in photo albums.