Most people have, at one time or another, spent hours sifting through photos saved to their computer searching for a specific image. If not thoughtfully organized, the hundreds, even thousands of images saved to your computer can easily become chaos. Whether they are images you took personally or ones you had professionally done, keeping digital photos organized on your computer may seem like a daunting task.
Here are some quick and easy tips to help keep your images organized.
File Folder Structure
A great way to start is by setting up a base folder for each year (example: 2020_Photos). Within the base folder, create a group of folders that identify the main categories of images - such as "Business," "Personal," etc.
Within each of those folders, set up separate folders for each event / occasion, using the numerical month and year at the start of the folder name, then a short description. You can even create subfolders to identify the high resolution files and files optimized for the web.
Include the date and occasion as part of the image file name to help with searching for an image later. An example would be "Graduation_1336543_June_2018."
It can take a little extra time to tag your images with keywords but this can make finding the images you want significantly easier. Use keywords that you will be able to remember and be consistent with them. Keywords can be single words or phrases. Some ideas for keywording your images can include the event, date, location, season and people in the images.
Rate and Delete
You'd be surprised how many images are on your computer that you simply will never use or feel the need to look at again. Do you have images that are out of focus, have poor exposure, or random images of your hands, the ground, etc.? Spend an afternoon going through and deleting the images that are pointless to keep. While you're at it, you can go through and rate the images as well. This will allow you to easily find the images you like the most.
If you incorporate the tips above, you will be well on your way to having an organized digital photo library.
Award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world. Based out of Missoula, Montana, Shannon specializes in portrait photography showcasing people, dogs, and horses (all breeds, with a focus on the Arabian horse). Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come.