July 30, 2015

3 Tips for Digital Photo Archiving

Your photos are a way to preserve the many memories you’ve made. They’re a link to your past. But printed photos might become buried in boxes, forgotten as you move from place to place. Before you accidentally lose or destroy those photos, try your hand at archiving them on your computer. Here are three tips to get you started.

1. Scanning

Don’t have a scanner? That’s okay! Nowadays, you can purchase cheap, simple scanners that you just have to plug in. If you’re looking to catalog old family photos for which you only have printed copies, make sure to clean the scanner glass and your photos first using a lint-free cloth. Once you’ve scanned the photo, save an original copy before you start cropping and editing.

2. Organizing

Sorting through old photos may uncover low-quality duplicates of images you’ve already safely tucked into photo albums. Feel free to get rid of anything that’s not high-resolution and be sure to place the higher-quality photos in the pile for scanning. Once they’re on your computer, you can share them with family and friends.

3. File Sorting and Naming

It sounds simple enough, right? Well, the truth is, searching through hundreds of photos at a time could get tricky if they’re not properly sorted and named. As you scan your photos, organize them by date or event into folders. Then, develop a naming convention that is consistent and easy to apply across all your images (e.g., May15_Grad_Hooding). But remember, the simpler the better. Including a descriptive word will help you remember the subject of each image.

Keep Reading: From Passwords to Photos: How to Manage Your Digital Life

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