Do you have photos on your PC, tablet, phone and laptop? If you needed to find one photo, would you be able to find it in the digital haystack? Most people would find that to be a challenge. Since we at The Lock Up work so hard for you to be able to keep your valuables in a safe environment, we have come up with some tips on how to organize your digital photo “haystack” into a manageable state so that you can enjoy your photos instead of relegating them to the “lost forever” category.
First thing’s first…create a workable work flow. Your current method for dealing with your photos is obviously haphazard or you wouldn’t be reading this article! Before you even begin dealing with the plethora of photos hiding in various devices, you need to address the core issue of how they got to be so scattered in the first place. This may seem like you’re not dealing with the problem, but you’re actually avoiding adding to the existing problem and once you have a new way of dealing with your new photos, you can begin sorting through the existing ones. Your new work flow depends on what storage method works for you. A few examples are purchasing an external hard drive for your pictures, or signing up for a photo organization site.
There are paid services, but there are also great free services for both desktop organization and in the cloud organization. If you’re an amateur shutterbug or a hobbyist, one of these is bound to suffice. And many of them offer ways to share your photos on social media or with friends and family. Now that you know where you’re going to be storing your photos, be sure that you upload your images into one device and, this is key, name the folder, provide keywords for your images. Doing this will enable you to find a photo quickly. Once you feel like you’ve got a good work flow going for your new incoming images, then you can turn your attention to the photos that are scattered about.
Tackling this backlog of photos can be quite time consuming, especially if you like to shoot lots of photos. Don’t try to do it all in one fell swoop. Break it into stages, for example, one week take a look at the pictures on your phone and get them sorted into your new system. The next week, take all the photos on your work computer and integrate them into your new system.
Slowly you’ll collect all the random photos of your life and get them sorted into a nice, neat collection of memories. The next step is deciding which photos are the standout stars of the pack. You’ll want to actually print these photos on archival quality paper. This will ensure that even in a total digital disaster, you’ll have physical prints of the special moments in your life. Place these prints in your climate controlled Lock Up Self Storage unit and you can rest assured that the snapshots of your past will be safe and sound for future generations to enjoy. Visit www.thelockup.com for more info on securing your self storage unit today!