Passionate Organizing

Decide how you want to organise your photographs

Without a system, you’ll just get a list of meaningless file names. The longer this goes on, the harder it will be for you to find the photos that you want.

You’ve got to have a system – a way of organising – one that suits you. I choose to organise my photos by event – but you could do it by date, by family member or by whatever is meaningful to you.

Under ‘My Pictures’ on my hard drive, I have four sub-folders – Family, Business, Holidays and ‘The Best’. The first three are self-explanatory; ‘The Best’ is where I keep images of which I’m particularly proud.

Create mirror images on both your computer and photo album

People love traditional prints so no matter how proud you may be of your computer skills, to really share your photos with friends and family, you’ll need physical prints to pass around. And to get the most from your memories you should have a single system that runs across both.

Once you’ve decided on your system – use the same categories on both your computer and your physical photo album.

Taking your photos

Snap away happily but don’t carry around useless photographs on your camera or waste your time downloading them before deciding to bin them. As soon as you’ve taken photographs have a quick look at them and dump the ones that don’t look special. Be ruthless and immediate.