Tutorial 3 – How to find your pictures

One of the most important reason to learn how to organize your digital pictures is to help yourself find the pictures you want quickly. Without a clear strategy to organize your pictures you can have very little success locating the pictures you want. However, once you have created an efficient folder structure for your pictures, you can simply use the Windows XP search utility to find what you’re looking for.

I have my pictures organized…how do I find things?

If the organization structure is in place, then finding things is easy. You don’t need any expensive software…just use the Search utility already available on your Windows PC. This tutorial contains instructions on how to efficiently use your operating system so you can quickly locate the pictures you’re looking for.

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  2. Find and organize lost pictures in 2 easy steps – How to find and organize lost pictures.
  3. 3 easy steps to find your pictures using the Windows XP Search Utility – How to find your pictures quickly in Windows XP.

Essentials for organizing your digital photos

Over the years I have come to rely on only a few products for managing and backing up my large media collection. These are my essential products and services I have been using for many years to keep things organized and safe. Even though these are affiliate links, I wholeheartedly recommend them.

I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC via the annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Lightroom has excellent photo editing capabilities. Yes, Lightroom has a steeper learning curve as you have to learn to keep your catalogs in sync with your hard drive. However, Adobe Lightroom makes most sense especially when you do lots of image editing.
If you don't like the subscription, you can get also download the last standalone Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac or Windows (while it is still available). However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.

Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you're looking for a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac or ACDSee Pro for Windows is my preferred solution for organizing your media on your computer. It has a very fast browser, beautiful image editing capabilities and you don't work with catalogs at all.

In addition, make sure you have an inexpensive and reliable external hard drive for backing everything up. It is absolutely essential for backing up your media regularly.

If you're looking for a reliable unlimited cloud backup service, I recommend Backblaze Cloud Backup. I have used Backblaze for my online backup for more than 3 years now. All my files are safe and secure and I have never had any problems with them.

YOURS FREE! 10 crucial steps most people miss when organizing their digital photos

Most people want to just organize their digital pictures and ignore these crucial steps right at the beginning...when they are shooting and transferring their digital pictures. Then they wonder why they can't organize their digital photos! Avoid most people's mistakes and start on the right track!

Start organizing now using detailed, step-by-step instructions and videos:
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