Summer is the best of times for taking pictures don’t you think?
It’s so easy. The light is amazing, colours are everywhere, kids and grownups are having fun and we snap and snap away. We apply filters and post a few on social media.
But then, what do we do with all the rest of the pretty pictures?
We tell ourselves we’ll print them, or make a photobook, or at least make sure they’re safe on a cloud or a hard drive somewhere for future viewing, but we rarely do.
Well no more!
This Is Your 15 Minute Task To Do Something With Your Summer Photos
What you’ll need:
- Your picture taking devices: camera or phone
- Appropriate cables or transferring gear
- Your computer, turned on
Here we go:
My preference is to download my pictures and process them on my computer. I’d rather not pay for extensive cloud space, but if you save everything on a cloud, go directly to Step 4.
- Set your timer for 15 minutes.
- Plug your device to your computer.
- Download your pictures.
- Delete any blurry, unflattering or boring pictures. Be ruthless.
- Sort into the appropriate folders or categories. If you don’t have a system, read this post for tips.
- Back pictures up on a specific external drive (or simply schedule your regular computer backup) for safekeeping.
- Make some space on your device. Now that you have everything saved, no need to keep all pictures on your device. Delete most and maybe keep only your few favourites (2-10).
- Decide what you’ll do with your photos:
- If printing – Select the ones you will be printing; print at home if you have the appropriate gear; order online right away or transfer to a memory stick to bring to your favourite photography shop;
- If you want a photobook, research the service you’re going to use. There are many to choose from and some are pretty simple to use, you just need to decide. Schedule some time for creating your photobook.
Voilà!. Hope this inspires you to get that one done. When it’s dark and cold outside, you’ll be glad you took the time and you’ll be able enjoy the memories of those long summer days.
Life can be overwhelming, but sometimes all you need is 15 minutes to get things back on track.
Use the magical power or concentrated focus to get this tiny area of your life decluttered and organized.
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