Almost everyone that owns a digital camera takes pictures on Christmas and New Year holidays…ok…lots of pictures. This is also the time when we make new year resolutions. Have you every made any resolutions about your pictures? I believe that there are two new year resolutions that anyone taking pictures should not only make but also make sure they keep.
Learn how to organize your pictures
Yep! That should be the first resolution for everyone using a digital camera. I can’t argue that you probably have more important resolutions for the new year, but when it comes to your digital pictures there is no resolution that is more important. Why is that?
The goal for learning how to organize your pictures is very simple but very important at the same time as well.
Learn how to organize your pictures so that you will be able to enjoy them.
Digital cameras really us take lots of pictures without thinking about taking the perfect shot. We just don’t care anymore that the film is running out. We can just take picture after pictures, after picture…for a long time. Pretty soon we can collect a very large collection of digital pictures.
Unless we create a consistent and efficient plan to organize this large quantity of pictures we will become unable to find our pictures and ultimately instead of enjoying the freedom digital photography brings, we will become frustrated.
Enough said. So, why don’t you resolve to learn how to organize your digital pictures and then actually organize your pictures so you can be free to enjoy them.
Learn how to backup your digital pictures
The second resolution is just as important. Our collection of digital pictures is a collection of important moments of our lives. They contain events, emotions, people and places that are very important to us. Our pictures preserve our memories and every time we look at a picture we can relive our memories. This is great!
Have you ever though about the possibility that all your pictures can simply disappear one day? That’s right…puff…gone ! In today’s digital world, sophisticated and advanced, storage devices do fail without giving any warning signs. Do you have a backup plan for saving your memories?
You should. Take time this year to create a backup plan for your digital pictures. Otherwise the enjoyment you get from your pictures can turn into disappointment.
Essentials for organizing your digital photosOver 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.