Have you snapped lots of photos and find that they’re turning into a gigantic mess that seems impossible to sort through? With digital photography making it so easy to snap photos that is a problem that is all too common, and photos just seem to pile up without you realizing it.
Although it may seem like a lot of work (and in some cases – it will be), it is important that you start organizing your photos sooner rather than later. To do that more effectively, there are a few important tips that could make a world of difference.
Delete As Many Photos As You Can
The first thing that you should do is go over all your photos and delete as many of them as you can. In particular, you should look for:
- Poor quality photos
- Duplicates (or photos that are very similar)
- Photos that aren’t of anything important
The more ruthless you are at discarding photos – the better. In some cases you may feel that some poor quality shots can be edited and fixed, but you should only really bother to do that if there are no other similar photos or it is a shot of something important.
By deleting all the unnecessary photos, you’ll make it much easier to organize what remains.
Come Up with an Organization Structure
Before you sort through your photos, you should develop some sort of organization structure that encompasses both your folders and the file names of your photos.
The goal of the structure should be to make it easy for you to find the photos that you’re looking for.
One option is to have folders that are chronological for different months, and subfolders for specific occasions or events. The file names can then be date-based.
Make no mistake there are other types of photo organization structures that you can use such as rating-based or location-based – but a date-based structure is normally the easiest.
Start a Schedule
To make sure that you don’t have a heap of photos to sort through all at once, you should start a schedule.
It doesn’t have to be very strict, but you should come up with regular intervals during which you will sort through your photos and back them up too. The second part is essential, as without proper backups (preferably using the 3-2-1 backup rule) you may end up losing your photos due to an accident or corrupt hard drive.
After you have a schedule it is up to you to stick to it. If possible you should try to be a bit flexible and make exceptions. For example, you may want to skip months when you didn’t snap too many photos, and conversely, you may want to make it a point to sort through photos sooner if there is a special event and you snapped a ton of them.
To make it easier to sort through and organize your photos you could consider using Movavi Photo Manager. It is a photo organizer that will let you tag photos, use geolocation, identify similar photos and duplicates, and edit photos in basic ways to rotate, crop, or straighten them. In short, it will cut your workload when sorting photos considerably.
By sorting your photos regularly and organizing them properly, it should make it much easier to find the photos that you need and make sure you don’t accidentally lose or delete any. In the long run you’ll end up with a photo collection that is actually a pleasure to browse as opposed to a slog to try to work your way through.