By Cathi Nelson
With the affordability and growing popularity of digital cameras and camera phones, it’s safe to say that our photos have gotten well out of hand. While sifting through file after file of images can easily overwhelm anyone, there are a few easy-to-remember tips to get you started on clearing this digital clutter.
A is for the photos you want to keep. Because of digital photography, we are now taking more photos than ever before, and it can leave us frazzled. Take a moment to go through your photos and choose the A photos — these are the photos you want to add to an album.
B is for backing up your photos. You don’t need to back up not all your photos, but the ones you would be devastated to lose. Hard drives crash, so be sure to store photos on a quality archival disk or secure photo storage site.
C is for can. That means you can delete the photos you will never print. Taking the time to delete photos prior to uploading will save you time and keep your computer from being bogged down by images you don’t need to save.
S is the most important: what story does the photo tell? A photo that may not look appealing to you on its own might be one that helps tell a story when placed within a series of photos. These are the important photos that you will want to share and see for generations to come. Another tip is to organize by theme rather than chronological, it is more fun to look at photos grouped by theme than day by day.
After you’ve taken these initial steps comes the fun part — finding the best way to tell your story with the photos you’ve chosen. I like to use Linea, a photo sharing app. The MosaicViewTM Photo Line presents my photos in a beautiful tiled display that I can easily share with family and friends.
While I’m constantly organizing the memories of my clients, I recently sat down to sort through more than 3,000 of my own digital photos. Using Linea, I created some Lines for my children to have. My favorite is a Line I titled “Cathi and Larry Before Kids.” When growing up, and even now, the pictures of my past that I’ve enjoyed the most have been not the photos I’m in but the ones of my parents as young people.
The novelty of their clothes, the cars they drove, and those carefree grins are memories to be cherished. I want my children to experience these same feelings.
Linea is currently available for iPad, iPhone, desktop, and Android devices. For more on how to use Linea for your own photos and to download the app, visit www.GetLinea.com.