September is Save Your Photos Month!
This year members of The Photo Managers are presenting 40+ FREE mini-classes to help you organize and save your photos. I signed up and have watched a few of the terrific little 15-minute classes. Most of them are in English, some are in other languages, and they are all available NOW to watch at your own pace (through October). You could binge them, but they are meant to be bite-size lessons that you watch one or two per day, picking and choosing topics. Don’t worry, it’s not like if you miss one, or five, or didn’t start right away, you blew it. If you click the link above you can see what the classes are before actually signing up.
Additionally, there are weekly LIVE presentations. The replay from last week is available for watching, and the rest are scheduled on Wednesdays during September.
Why is it called Save Your Photos Month instead of, say, Organize Your Photos Month?
Because September is also National Preparedness Month, and one of the things people say they miss most, when hit by a fire, flood, hurricane, or other disaster is their photos.
Why organize your photos?
We organize photos for the same reason we organize anything else — so we can find what we want when we want it!
If we have thousands of disorganized digital photos spread across various electronic devices, it becomes frustrating to sort through them every time we want to look at a particular photo or show it to someone else. It’s like a print photo becoming lost in a pile of paper clutter.
Whether you organize your own photos, or hire a pro to help you, it all starts here:
Do you know where your photos are?
(This always reminds me of the old TV announcement: “It’s 10 PM. Do you know where your children are?” Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers that.)
Are they on your cell phone? And do you know how to get them out of your cell phone? Are they backed up in case something bad happens to your cell phone? (See: Are your files backed up?)
Are your digital photos spread across multiple directories, hard drives, and devices? Are your print photos languishing in dusty boxes in the garage or attic, or tucked under the bed?
The first step in any organizing project is to gather like items together.
Here are some places to look for photos:
- Boxes stashed in a closet or under a bed
- Boxes stored in the garage
- Slide carousels
- Film in canisters and cameras
- Movie film reels
- Video tapes
- Computer hard drives
- External hard drives
- Thumb drives
- Email and text attachments
- Memory cards in old cameras and desk drawers
- Cloud storage
Before proceeding with the gathered-together photos, ask yourself: “Why am I doing this?”
Knowing your “why” will make the rest of the project easier.
Your reason for doing this now could be so you are prepared in case of an emergency.
If you’re ready for more, here are some resources:
In what ways do you think you are prepared? Or need to be prepared?
What tips can you share with the rest of us?
Stay safe, organized, and be prepared!
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