Getting started with your photo organizing project can be overwhelming. Following a few simple guidelines can make this process easier. We rely on the “ABCs of Photo Organizing” to stay on track.
A = Album
These photos are the most important and belong in an album and/or scanned and archived. It’s important to understand that not all photos need to go in an album or be scanned. The ones you choose are often the most personal and cherished. Less is more!
B = Box
Photos that are important enough to keep should be stored in archival quality boxes for long term storage, or backed up thoroughly if digitized.
C = Can
These photos can go in the ‘trash can’ or your delete file. Toss duplicates, blurry or unflattering photos, excess scenery photos, etc.
S = Story
This is the most important part. Keep any photos that clearly tell a story. An old blurry photo may have your Dad’s first car in the background! Be careful you aren’t tossing your history.
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Our natural tendency is to sort chronologically, but with a high volume of photos it can be overwhelming. You can also choose to organize in themes that represent your life such as weddings, vacations, birthdays, etc.
Safeguarding Your Photos
We recommend that you backup photos in 3 ways. Scan and archive the photos that are most meaningful to you and that you want to pass on to the next generation. Place a copy of your photo library on an external hard drive or archival DVDs, in addition to your computer’s hard drive. We also recommend storing your photos off-site, such as on cloud storage.