Tutorial 1 – Understand the issues

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Why is organizing digital pictures so challenging and confusing ? Is there something fundamentally wrong with the way I’m organizing my pictures? Well, these might be some of the questions you may be asking yourself. This page is a shortcut to an important series of articles I have written. This series deals with explaining the fundamental issues that all digital photographers face when they try to organize their pictures. Well, read these articles to find out…and let me know what you think.

In order to organize your pictures efficiently you have to understand the available methods first.

The basic problem for organizing digital pictures is quantity. There are simply too many pictures that we can take. This was my first realization as I started out with my first digital camera. I was very excited that I can take lots of pictures and erase the bad ones. That was all cool until I realize just how many pictures I was creating. How do I organize all these pictures? Well…the articles below go into this fundamental question and what I have discovered.

Articles in this tutorial

  1. Understand the problem – Learn the fundamental problem with organizing your picture.
  2. Understand the solution for organizing your pictures – Learn the fundamental solution to organizing your pictures.
  3. Tags vs. Folders – the great debate. A comparison of the two available methods for organizing your pictures.
  4. How to use folders and tags the right way. Understanding what folders and tags are intended for you can learn how to take advantage of each method’s strength and avoid their weaknesses.

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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