- Posted by Parvinder Shergill
- On February 13, 2014
- 1 Comments
Taking pictures is an addiction especially now that all the phones and cameras can take thousands of images on their cards. Most people feel rather daunted when faced with a pile of photos that need to be assembled in some order. Where to start? Should there be a chronological order or can there be some flexibility? On top of it with digital photography, or a smartphone, the amount of imagery taken has probably quadrupled your library. This may appear to be an overwhelming prospect and with today’s fast paced life style, hard to find the time for organising photo albums.
To identify the keepers from the rejects and the in-betweeners, start by perhaps making some easy groups, dividing them up into let’s say events from wedding, birth, baptism, graduation, holidays/travels (travels (The Wikipedia for Royal Holiday has some links to some great inspiration for travel photos), charity events, corporate, and mother/father’s day to start with.
Personalise your stuff!
From here you could start your own personalised calendar or photo album which would make terrific gifts for any occasion. Without wanting to sound too high tech, there are some software programmes that can facilitate this into a workflow, tagging them to allow for greater ease when looking for them later on down the road and also if you do need to doctor them a bit, this would be the perfect tool to remove that awful hat that was worn or the background where the paint is peeling off.
For the more experienced photographer, you can choose an app like iPhoto’11, where you can also integrate your images on Facebook to enhance a full-screen mode, more successful photo books and new letterpress cards, which need to be ordered by the way. A tamper-proof library is essential and that means that you can follow through any necessary changes followed by uploading them to your favourites sites plus sending them on to friends and family as slideshows.
There are some basic editing tools that will revamp some non-descript photos within seconds. Using this aspect can be very helpful but don’t depend on it over your eye. Try as best you can when behind the lens to really see what is there and then take the shot. Don’t do the reverse: rely on your (amateur) photographic skills which will sharpen at every snap.
Of course there are other procedures that can be followed and are very simple: create folders for every year and within each one start putting in the month and put its corresponding (01 Jan) number before the month so that April does not appear first. The other paramount trick to remember is to copy all your favourite images to a cd or dvd and keep them separate from what you have on your computer or camera so that in case anything happens, you have a back-up.
The advice would be, in conclusion, to not be too trigger happy unless you have all the time in the world to review the albums: when taking pictures try and frame them, bringing the essence of the scene to life. You can also self-edit as you go along which will help you define what you really are looking for. Let’s hope that the target is patient though!