Loc: Hillsboro, TX
|Posted: 3/31/2013 9:26:32 AM|
I seriously feel like I'm going to have a panic attack anytime I start to sort through my digital photos and try to figure out what to print for PL and for regular layouts. Between all the photos on my camera and on my IPhone, organizing them on my computer, tweaking them in PSE, uploading them to a printing service, deciding on what sizes to order of each...it's insanity!
How do you streamline this process? I'd love to hear all your tips, hints, advice, and suggestions (yes, that was a bit redundant!)
|Posted: 3/31/2013 11:03:28 AM|
I don't have advice, but will be watching this thread. I am overwhelmed as well. I have 20,000 pictures on my computer! So overwhelmed.
Loc: Spring Hill, KS
|Posted: 3/31/2013 11:44:04 AM|I know what you mean!
Here is what I do. I create a folder for everything and organize the photos in folders by year, then month and then event. I export that whole shebang to Shutterfly too (on a monthly basis).
Then, I created another folder for Project Life. Copies of all the pics from the other folder go in there. Then I edit, edit, edit down to the real nuggets of life and only keep what I plan to print. I keep Project Life in folders sorted by week and I set up my views so I see the pics by date. I am a very visual person and doing this allows me to see a nice timeline. I print PL photos at home on my Selphy. And once I am done with a week, I delete the folder.
It's working so far for 2013 and I feel very organized.
|Posted: 3/31/2013 2:50:45 PM|
I don't do project life. But I do take a TON of photos. I have over 20 years of photos too. Depending on the month it can be an insane amount. I have them on my computer by month. I put a whole years worth of photos on a DVD and take them off my computer. But then, I also upload the ones I like after editing them to Shutterfly to my share site and my reg folders there. I only print the ones I want to scrap. I have MANY MANY years of photos, printed. I have filled 4 of the large CM power sort photo boxes.
50 Peas in a pod.
Loc: Athens, GA
|Posted: 3/31/2013 7:18:29 PM|
After every "event" I upload the pictures from the camera and/or phone onto my computer and make a file for it. I have two main folder for pictures: "Trips" (i.e. major vacations) and "TX" (i.e. pictures I've taken since I moved to Texas. This includes everything from an afternoon grilling to a weekend away). After the "event," I make two folders, one for all the pictures for the "event" and one for the "picks" (i.e. the best photos that I would like to scrap and post to a sharing site. The "picks" folder goes inside the event folder.). For vacations, I sort "picks" by day. Then when I upload the pictures to Shutterfly to print, I only have to sort through the "Picks" folders (most of the "picks" end up getting printed). Sorry, that was difficult to describe, but it makes sense on my computer (Windows 7).
I order everything in 4x6, so I don't have a process for figuring out what size to order the photos.
Loc: Near Seattle
|Posted: 3/31/2013 7:52:11 PM|
I set up a monthly folder in iPhoto, I down load the cameras, iPads and our phones on the last day of each month. From there I can separate into events if I need to. I only print photos when I am ready to make kits. I have done it this way for several years and it works for me. I did PL for a year and labeled that file "PL" and the month/year and kept those photos separated from the events file. I printed them weekly. Hope this helps, it worked for me. I print all my photos at home because I like the convenience.
Loc: Sunny Orlando, FL
|Posted: 3/31/2013 8:12:15 PM|
It took me several years of trying different organizational ways to finally figure out what worked for me. Now that I've been using the same system, my process is fairly easy.
For my general photos, they are categorized in folders by year and then inside those folders by date. For example the photos I took today would be in a folder titled 2013 then in another folder labeled 03 031 2013 Easter. I have folders for 2002 (the year I went digital) to 2013.
For everyday (non event) photos, those all go in my project life folder and labeled by the date. That way when I go to print my PL photos for the week, I can see exactly what I have. Occasionally I copy and past a few of my event photos into the PL folder.
I use several different cameras for my photos; Iphone, point and shoot, and a dslr. I try and upload my photos once a week from all my devices.
I only edit photos that I am using on LO's or for my PL, otherwise they go straight into my folders. I also only print what I am going to use. I hate having extra photos lying around.
You definitely need to find a process that works for you.
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Loc: With my dogs
|Posted: 3/31/2013 8:22:36 PM|
Doing that tonight, I'm over here Pea'ing as files are uploaded. (learned my lesson about only using ONE type of back-up for photos)
On my computer, photo images are in files based on date, then all those files are in another based upon month, and all those based upon year.
I also use PSE to "tag" photos, but that is not 100% either. Two years ago I had a RAID array crash... lost only a couple (really only a few individual photos) because of on-line uploading and sharing with family.
I now use TWO different on-line places, AND two different types of external back-ups.
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REMEMBER this Veterans Day
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Loc: in my scraproom in PA
|Posted: 3/31/2013 8:28:21 PM|
I upload after every event those that are taken on my camera. Most of them I edit on my camera (crop, brighten, size, etc.,) i also delete them on my camera right away before uploading. so once there uploading I won't get caught up in photoshop. This year I am focused on 4x6 photos only. That is to minimize the amount of time I spend on manipulating and "perfecting" my photos. I print them right away and file them until I'm ready to scrap.
For those photos on my iphone and iPad, I either print them right away (my printer is wifi and ePrint - I can send to my printer through email). Or I manipulate them through Instagram.
I've challenged myself this year to get the story told and not focus so much or "fixing" the memory I've already captured.
|I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
2014 - Layouts Completed - 32
2014 - Mini Albums - 2
2013 - Layouts Completed - 212
2013 - Mini Albums - 20
Loc: So Cal
|Posted: 3/31/2013 11:20:42 PM|
I have everything organized in Folders on my computer by
Year-> month-> day
I can see this tree organization in Picassa. I use picassa's album feature to make monthly pl albums. These albums only exist in Picassa. The pictures stay in their original place on the hard drive. Once I have whittled down which pictures I want to use I export a copy of the pictures in the album to my desktop. Then I can upload them to Costco for printing. Once I have uploaded I delete the pictures because they are just copies. I can also delete the album in Picassa. The pictures are still in their original folders by date.
Loc: Champaign, IL
|Posted: 3/31/2013 11:41:12 PM|
I keep nested folders by year and month. Photos from all sources go into that folder and are edited with Lightroom. I delete more than half of the photos I take, keeping only the best images permanently.
For deciding what to print, I will use tags to flag an image as "to-print". Once they are printed, I remove the tag. I also will tag by size, i.e. "to-print 4x6", "to-print 3x4" so they can be batch exported/uploaded/ordered.
Hope this helps!
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|Posted: 4/1/2013 10:50:36 AM|
So glad you asked. I'm determined to get mine all backed up and organized. Overwhelmed even beginning. I have them some what organized but not enough to find some that I was looking for last night. This is the month I start to consistently back up and to get organized.
Loc: Hillsboro, TX
|Posted: 4/1/2013 11:23:43 AM|
Thanks everyone for your thoughts and advice! I think my biggest problem is that I'm impatient! I want it all done painlessly and done yesterday and it just requires more work than I really want to dedicate to it! Lol
Loc: Austin area
|Posted: 4/1/2013 11:37:58 AM|
I store photos in an event folder inside a month folder inside a year folder.
My system for printing/ editing has been this:
1. I try to keep up with PL journaling as I go.
2. I go through the phone pics (my PL is majority phone pics) every few months and try to print 1 or 2 for each day. I always have gaps. As I upload one, I put a sticky note on the pocket that it will go in.
3. I order those in big batches (a few months at a time) and put them in the pockets.
4. Then I sit down and take it a week at a time. First I make a list of all of the event folders I have from the DSLR camera.
5. I edit those photos in Lightroom and I delete the ones that aren't at least 1 star from the hard drive. (I've come to the realization that I don't need 200 pictures of kite flying. 20 will do.)
6. I'll decide which ones I want to do 12x12 pages of and upload them. I put a sticky note on the page protector in Kate's album where the layout will go.
7. I assemble the PL spread, identify the gaps, and upload photos as needed to fill out the layout. I add a sticky note to the pocket where the additional photos will go.
8. I order a big bunch of photos and sort them into the correct pockets. The PL layouts are then done and the photos for the 12x12 pages are int he page protectors where the layouts will go when completed.
I'm switching to digital PL this week and I'm worried about how it's going to affect my work flow. I only figured out a good system a few months ago.
Loc: At the intersection of Hooterville and Stars Hollow
|Posted: 4/1/2013 11:48:24 AM|
I use Picasa because I love the ability to:
Change folder names
Sort by date or name
Cull and Star Photos
Rename/Split by Subject
I use folder names like tags so everything that comes off my daughter's iphone, for example, I would tag, "DD's Name iphone Specific-Date"
Soccer, 2013-11-04 Championship
Christmas 2010 Deck the Halls
Christmas 2010 Eve
Christmas 2010 Day
The folder being named rather than the default date assigned to it tells me it is already checked/culled. I can still sort well even when folders have not been checked (when I do fall behind). When I need to catch up I can easily see where I need to work and get to it.
I can then sort by name or date as needed and locate photos more easily.
|Posted: 4/1/2013 1:43:39 PM|
I feel like i don't even know where to start. i think i need like 800 PL kits to cover all my pictures.
Pea with a Pen
Loc: Southern California
|Posted: 4/1/2013 1:52:07 PM|
I would be too if I tried to organize all the newer photos. In my case, I have a running list of photos that I feel need to be scrapped. These are all from 2012 and 2013. If I know what I'm going to do with the pages, I also have that written down. I'll be going to crops Thursday and Friday, may get more pages done those two nights, so between now and then I'll want to preplan eight pages or so.
It's April 2013, and even though I chronologically scrap, I am still working on 2012. That's bugging me so once I get into 2013, I may move to a PL system. I am not sure right now if it will be organized by weeks or by themes.
It's my older, already printed photos that somewhat overwhelm me. Actually I should say DH's older photos. Everything since we were married in 2000 that I have not scrapped is organized chronologically in a photo box, and everything from before that of my photos is organized in a a good photo album. It was two good photo albums, but I actually scrapped everything in one of them. So now I just have to get DH's old photos into either the other book and/or some other photo boxes. But that's not a high priority right now.
|Posted: 4/1/2013 2:43:03 PM|
Mine were out of control a few years ago. To get them under control, I set up a system for current pictures going forward. Then, I started organizing the older ones as I had time. So far, my system has worked for me and I have been able to maintain it.
On my computer, I have a folder for each year. In the 2013 folder, you will find one folder for each month (Jan 2013, Feb 2013, etc). When I download pics from my camera, I immediately put them in the correct folder. If there is a big event/trip, I will create another folder inside the monthly folder. For example, my folders might look something like this:
- Jan 2013
- Feb 2013
- March 2013
Trip to St. Augustine
- April 2013