Sure thing there are plenty of photo organizing solutions out there and I know they can be pretty high-tech, online, with or without memberships, but just having to decide on which one to commit can be in itself quite overwhelming and that’s why so many of us end up without any system in place. One simple way to create a photo organizing system is relying on low tech, no-sweat systems and back up options. And that’s exactly what Benita Larsson, from Where are your photos hiding? will show us how to do.
In this post you’ll see how photo organizing can be simple, fun and look really good in the end. All you’ll need are your image files, recordable CDs, CD labels and of course time to sit and get it done. Grab your favorite drink and enjoy your time organizing your photos and going down memory lane!
Enjoy Benita’s post.
I love taking photos and with that comes the question what to do with them all.
I’ve always enjoyed organizing my best ones in traditional photo albums with photo corners. I’ve done that for many years. The albums and the rest of my photo paraphernalia are stored in two small cabinets in the dining area.
Photos of Wille are now in eight albums and there are also some albums from trips and travels and miscellaneous photos from before Wille was born.
The pre digital leftovers that didn’t make it into the albums but are still good shots worth hanging on to are stored in these two vintage card boxes my parents once used for their business cards in the 70’s. The old frames were broken so I switched them to new leftover ones from some IKEA boxes instead.
The one marked “Wille” is divided by age. The other miscellaneous one is divided by year.
Some photos are more difficult to sort. At least I think so. They are the ones that are so random that they don’t fit in everywhere else.
I keep two boxes, one for Martin’s random photos and one for mine. The boxes contain vintage snapshots and portraits which for some reason didn’t make it into albums of that time, random photos received from friends and relatives and sizes that don’t fit into my blue boxes above.
It’s kind of fun to flick through them once in a while and I don’t really mind that they are all mixed up. I guess the key is not to fill the boxes with the photos that can go in the more organized spots so these won’t fill up completely.
About a year ago I decided I needed to sort the digital photos too instead of just leaving them on the computer. Both because I was afraid I’d loose them if my computer would crash (which it did six months later!) but also because I wanted to keep them together with the albums where I could touch them. Sound weird? I’m the same with magazines. I prefer the printed version the web one because I can hold it and look at it. It somehow feels more substantial.
I do print quite a few of the digitally shot ones and put them in the albums but with digital photography one tends to shoot more frames, at least I do. So before I decided how to save my digitals I ruthlessly deleted about 80% of all the shots.
There is simply no point in having seven very similar ones, I kept the best one or a couple of the best ones and deleted the rest. This left me with a manageable quantity to burn to DVD discs.
I decided to have one disc per year and for some occasions separate ones. Martin’s sailing photos are on separate discs and so are some of the ones with photos of Wille too.
You can get discs which are printable directly on to a white surface but I opted for printable stickers simply because it’s easier to reprint a sticker than the whole disc if there’s a mistake. I made a template with a software I normally use but with most CD/DVD stickers the software is included or the template can be downloaded.
For the year discs, I just chose a font I like and wrote the year and what is included on the disc. For the other discs, I chose one of the photos from the disc and used that as the background for writing the contents. I love how they turned out in their plastic holders.
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I hope you find the ideas for photo organizing in this post useful and that they help you get started in the “oh-so-daunting” task of digging the computer and boxes to organize your precious memories. And remember, even in times of high-tech and online services we can still use low-tech options that will work just fine. Also, I always recommend a physical and an online backup system.
Where are your photos hiding?
My name is Benita and my blog is called Chez Larsson which translates into “At the Larsson’s”. It’s where I share all the things I enjoy. I’m a neat freak, an organizing fanatic and someone who truly enjoys getting her hands dirty. I love DIY, gardening and renovating but I also sew, craft and occasionally bake.
I recently moved to a lovely row house from 1954 in a Stockholm suburb, with my seventeen-year-old son Wille and our two cats Mini and Bonus. I’m a busy bee renovating it and bringing it up to date while still trying to keep what’s left of that 50’s vibe.
Oh, if you’re wondering, when I’m not organizing drawers, building furniture or digging in my back yard I spend Mondays through Fridays working in the marketing department of a Swedish chain of stores where I’m in charge of social media and the company website.
Visit Benita’s blog at Where are your photos hiding?