I was working on several projects over the weekend that revolved around some of my pictures. I’d carved out the time for the projects and actually had motivation and was excited to complete some projects. I opened my Adobe Photoshop and started opening papers and elements I’d downloaded to work on some scrapbook pages for friends. Then, I started looking for a picture. And I kept looking…….and looking…..and looking. I knew I’d taken the picture but couldn’t for the life of me find it between my PC and portable hard drive.
This little setback got me a bit frustrated and I minimized the window so I could use my limited “free time” to get another project completed – blog posts. I had everything I wanted to say and just needed to add pictures to the post. Again, I started searching through my folders, having no luck locating my pictures I had in my head to include. I wasn’t able to quickly locate the pictures I wanted and gave up from frustration. Both failed attempts to complete projects left me asking where my pictures were…
We’ve had a PC and laptop before our current PC. The former PC and laptop needed an intervention and the help of a friend to get my pictures off the machines. While I do have a portable hard drive, not all of my pictures are on this device. Previously my “back up” storage plan was to put my pictures on Shutterfly. This was a dual purpose thing for me – to keep my pictures in another location other than my personal computer as well as to share pictures with family and friends. Shutterfly worked great but again, not all of my pictures were saved on there. I’ve now got CDs, the portable hard drive and my current PC to refer to when looking for pictures. Frankly, it’s too much work, leaving me discouraged, and hard to find pictures quickly when I need/want them for a project.
At Disney it’s not uncommon for me to take several hundred (yes, you read that right – several hundred) pictures a day so I’ve got a lot of pictures to store. I know I should go through them and get rid of “bad” pictures, but really to me, there’s not a “bad” picture. Some part of every picture will work for me (I’m kind of a hoarder sometimes…). It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but some day I’ll be looking for a weird blurry tree limb picture to use in a project. I promise I will! And when I do, I’ll share it here! 🙂
Way back in April, I “outed” myself on Mary’s blog saying that I need help getting my pictures organized. I dream of opening Photoshop to make a scrapbook page and the pictures I had in my head are right at my fingertips and the project’s a breeze to complete. That’s not where I am now…. I am willing to put in a little bit of work getting myself organized but I feel like I’m so far off the path that I don’t know where to start to get to my goal. I’ve tried sorting pictures in the past by making a folder for each of my boys. While it was a good start, it’s not the most useful way for me to locate pictures when I need them. So here’s where you come in….
How do you organize your digital pictures? How do you store and share your pictures?? Please share your tips and tricks with me. Once I figure something out, I’ll be back to share what worked, what didn’t and all the gory details in between.
Enjoy a couple of the cute pages I was able to make this weekend: