By Abbie Casper
You take a million pictures of your kids, but what should you do with them after they are taken? Here is what I do to try to keep some order in all my digital image files.
- At the end of the day, when you are lying on the couch, go through your images from that day and pick your favorites. On the iPhone it is easy to just add a heart to your favorite ones. You could also delete any you don’t like if that is easier for you.
- Transfer your photos to the computer at the end of every month and before and after big trips. This will help you with organization (see step 3). For transferring, I use the app PhotoSync, since it allows me to sync specific folders to my computer. It also keeps track of what you have already transferred so that you don’t have to worry about duplicates.
- Organize the pictures in a folder system. I have a folder for every year that I have had a digital camera. Inside each of these folders are folders for special events like parties, birthdays, holidays, trips and then the day to day pictures get put in a folder labeled with the month they were taken.
- Print your images. I occasionally copy pictures into a “to be printed” folder. Then when it comes time to get some images printed, I just take those images. I get around to printing pictures about three times a year. I evaluated several printing services in Munich and you can see that review here. I think yearly family photobooks are great. You can sit down once a year in January and put everything together from the past year. Or when you do your monthly transfer, put together pages for that month.
- Backup your images. I have several different ways our images are backed up. First, I pay $1 a month for more iCloud storage so that I have my iPhone pictures there. There are many options for Android phones with similar prices (Amazon Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) Then we backup the computer regularly with an external hard drive. Lastly, we have a secure cloud backup service that scans our computer non-stop to back up anything new.
Hi! I am the crazy American mom in Munich, Germany that lets her kids run around without a hat out in the cold. Then, when we are home, they are the ones screaming hello to you out our windows while you walk down the street. I spend my precious babysitter time swimming, biking, and running. I am most at home in the pool but love the freedom of running. When the kids go to bed I am at the computer working on my photography business. I believe that is so important to photograph your real everyday moments because this is what is so easily forgotten.