First. The title of the post is supposedly a quote from Abraham Lincoln. Do you think he really said that? I love it! Sounds like something my mom would say. Me: “Ugh, that’s a terrible picture of me.” Mom: “It looks just like you.” MOM. (Love you.)
Ok, so does anyone else get super stressed out by trying to figure out what to do with all their family photos?? I take like 50 a day (minimum, probably!) on my iPhone and I love the convenience of being able to snap a good quality photo or video at any moment. But when I am faced with the task of uploading, sorting, editing, and storing, I just want to take a nap. Not to mention the photos I take with my “good” camera (not many these days because you just can’t beat the convenience of your phone) and the videos from my actual video camera. Ugh. The sacrifices we make in the name of posterity. J The real thing that stresses me out about all of these images is losing them. This whole subject has been looming over me for like 3 years. Seriously. (Sad to admit, I know). Whenever I have total down time, I always think in the back of my mind, “I really should figure out what to do with all those pictures.” But then I focus my attention on something more pressing, like restitching my old softball glove (right field til 6th grade!) or dusting my car glove box.
Since I have a computer that I literally can’t use because the hard drive is out of storage because of photos/videos, I finally bit the bullet over the weekend and got down to biz. Here’s my very non-tech savvy strategy:
- Upload all photos from devices at least once a week to my laptop. I should probably set a specific day or this isn’t going to happen.
- Delete any obvious duds and then export the rest to a jump drive or external hard drive for long-term storage.
- Upload same group to photo management site for additional storage/printing. I’ve been using Snapfish, but other options would be Amazon Prime, DropBox, Shutterfly, etc. Print a batch in case all your technology sources fail!
- Upload the best ones to Mpix for printing (especially if I want larger prints to frame). Or, I send them over to Artifact Uprising for more artsy prints.
- Clear off your devices. This is my scary step but, man, it’s liberating once it’s done.
- Celebrate! A clear space is a clear mind. Then immediately take 50 new photos.
Someday, I will add photo editing to all this mix (sometimes I throw a few photos into PhotoShop), but I am reveling in the fact that I at least have a baseline plan, so I’m not pushing it. This is obviously not an earth-shattering or complicated method, but I just needed a documented process that I could stick to. I’ll share as I tweak!