RESEARCH Learn how to transfer photos from all your digital devices to one location. Create a personalized cheat sheet for each device to save time with future downloads.
CREATE FOLDERS AND SUBFOLDERS Create a main folder and subfolders on your computer. Example: Main folder Photos_2016 with subfolders 01-2016, 02-2016, and 03-2016, etc. Subfolders will automatically be saved in chronological order when named this way. Give the folders names that make the most sense to you. You want to file for retrieval.
TRANSFER Gather all photos in one location.
EDIT AND DELETE Edit the photos you want to keep for red eye and other blemishes. Delete all duplicate, fuzzy, and unflattering photos. You are creating a treasury of memories, not a collection of blackmail photos.
RENAME AND SORT Rename your photos so that they are easily identifiable by date and/or event or location. For example, 06-12-2013_Beach_picnic, 08-02-2013_Labor_Day, etc. Move the photos into the appropriate subfolders.
SCHEDULE Schedule time on your calendar to transfer and save photos on a regular basis.
BACK UP For long-term storage, back up photos to a separate location either online or on an external storage device.
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