We took so many photos this summer. I want to go through them, but I'm sort of overwhelmed. I don't have a big block of time to organize an album. Is there a bite-sized way to put them together?
The beauty of digital photography is that you aren't afraid to waste any film so you theoretically won't ever miss a great moment. On the flip side, that means you probably have a lot more photos to catalog and print now than you did with old fashioned cameras. We bet that between weekend trips, the big summer vacation, and back to school, your digital camera and photo files are bursting at the seams. Instead of letting them stack up willy nilly on your computer, get them together so you can do what you wanted to do in the first place: show them off! Unlike old-fashioned film, doing so is easy, fast and often free.
- Zap the duds. A lot of us still hang on to our old-fashioned habits of saving every picture, regardless of how awful it is. But there's no need to keep an unflattering image, an out of focus blur, or that shot of your shoe that little Johnny snapped by accident. Don't be afraid to discard the duds. Try to delete bad ones on the spot, but if you can't decide in the moment, do it as soon as the pictures are uploaded to the computer. Follow the rule that only after the bad ones are weeded out can you select the ones you'll save for online albums and the ones which will make it to print. If you're pressed for time, take your camera with you on your next errand. Take the time you'd be wasting by standing in line to delete the photos that aren't worth keeping.
- Pick a Site or Program. Whether it's iPhoto or KodakGallery.com, test a few different photo viewing programs until you find one that you really like. Then stick with it. It's much easier to keep track of all of your photos if they are in one place. You're also much more likely to keep them up to date and organized if you find the program to be intuitive and easy to use. Most photo sites such as Flickr.com, KodakGallery.com and Sony.com let you store and create online albums for free. When you?re ready to share them with friends and family, simply email the link and they will have easy access to without ever having to sit through a never ending download.
- No Need to Do It Yourself. Don't waste time driving to the store to pick up your prints. Let the pros handle your digital printing for you. Online services such as Kodak, Sony, and even CVS let you upload your digital photos and print them for less money than it would initially cost for an old fashioned roll of film, not to mention the cost of developing that roll of film. Within a few business days, your printed photos are sent right to your front door, completely hassle free.