Don't forget your camera. The best camera is the one you have with you. Make sure you have a way to record memories as they happen, whether its with your camera phone or another camera of choice!
Use your camera manual. Your camera manual is a wealth of information, including how to set your date properly! Knowing the date the photo was taken may be important when you are telling "your stories" as well. Understanding your camera's functions can also help you become a better photographer. If you've misplaced it, I highly recommend going online and printing yourself a copy. I refer back to mine all the time!
Download those photos. Interestingly enough, many people see the memory cards as storage and don't actually download their photos. Memory cards can fail, and aren't considered a good way to store your photos. It also can get expensive to continually buy new memory cards. Download your photos as soon as possible after taking the pictures.
Delete the bad photos right away. Take the time for a quick run through and delete the duplicate and bad photos right away. If you wait till you have months worth of photos (or even years), it then becomes an overwhelming task. Plus, there's no point in saving pictures you don't need on your computer, taking up valuable space.
Back up! Backing up is an often forgotten step until your hard drive crashes and its too late. I suggest backing up in at least 3 places. Of course your printed photo is your best backup, but other great choices include external hard drives, Picture Keeper or cloud storage such as Linea.
- Picture Keeper is a USB device with software already installed that simply goes and finds your photo files on its own. Future backups are easy, because it only copies your newly added photos, or those you have made changes to.
- Linea is a photo organizing and photosharing app that allows you store your photos in the cloud (and retrieve them at any time) and share them with family and friends safely and securely. Your family and friends can even add photos to lines you have shared with them, allowing you to keep all your photos from the same event in one place!
Make your memories part of your everyday life! Resolve to enjoy your memories more. How many of us take the pictures and then just let them sit on our computer, never to be looked at again? Print some out and put them in frames, make a photo collage or a photo book, or even a calendar. We just got Apple tv and we let the photos scroll on our television during the day sometimes. The kids love walking by and seeing themselves on the screen!
Take a class. If you'd like to improve your photography skills, consider taking a class like the ones offered from Big Picture Classes. Here's one that recently caught my eye! Get Great Photos with Any Camera
Get help if you need it. If you are struggling with what to do with your photos, memorabilia and other media, consider hiring a personal photo organizer. A PPO can help you find the right solutions to meet your needs, whether its simply sitting down with you and teaching you the steps to get organized or actually creating keepsakes for you. Check out The Association of Personal Photo Organizers to find an organizer near you. If you're the type of person who is always helping others with their photos, you may want to consider a career as a photo organizer. APPO offers training, support, a well developed website, individual profile pages for its members, marketing expertise, and more.
Here's to enjoying your memories in 2012! Happy New Year everyone!