Thursday, August 23, 2012

Organize & Store Images on your Computer

I touched this topic a little here...
But, I am going to give a play by play on my exact routine
since I hear people asking questions about this topic often!

ok, so i'll give my
STORING PHOTOS
tip for non mac users first..
but this WILL APPLY for everyone.

Ok, so I have a love/hate relationship with photobucket lately.. I have ALWAYS used photobucket for my images on the blog.. I would HIGHLY suggest you UPGRADING your account- if you don't your pictures will look... kinda crappy! super pixely and ya, ugly.  Ok, so an upgrade is worth it in my book! I have been having problems with my images for the past 6 months not coming across the same exact color as i see them on my screen. Which can be super frustrating to me.. but keep in mind i have an OCD mindset with photos and the way they look.. and EACH computer screen is calibrated differently and each person sees ONE images about dozen different ways.. possibly, a photographers nightmare!! mine at least.

However, I honestly don't have a better option right now.. so I have to go back in on photobucket and manually bump up the color.. it's like it automatically saturates some/most of my images.

So - back to my point -
Photobucket - you upload into albums- I do mine by years.
And then you copy & paste the html code into my blog post - on the HTML side.

SO this has been my ONLINE STORAGE solution for all of my photos.

Now, when I am not using my nice camera I am using my iphone.
Thus, two places I need to grab photos from..

I really do not like to use my iphone pictures on this blog-
but i do however use them on our personal blog.

PHOTOBUCKET has a phone app - you just download it- and you can go into the setting and change it to automatically upload your images as you take them - or you can have the option to go in and pick the ones you want to upload- which is the method i choose.
i also make sure to make a new album called iphone (a one time thing)-
and send them to that one! This works so nicely for VIDEOS as well!! 96% of my videos come from my iphone!
SUPERRRRR EASY! and SUPER effortless!

So now for blogging purposes -
You have 1 SITE, to go to
For 2 DIFFERENT sources where your images were taken.

I also had another photographer friend post on facebook: "photographer friends: 
what are your recommendations for smaller cameras 
with a flash to take along places conveniently?"

my personal opinion:
I can't do any other.. I tried it once and got too annoyed
with lack of quality so I lug my beast around with me
when I know I am going to want pictures..
Everything else is taken on my iphone 4s.


Now, for my method on my laptop,
from the moment I plug in my card reader.

Yes, i DO NOT plug any cords into my laptop-
such a lifesaver on my time & battery life.
Step 1: plug in card reader with my sim card

Step 2:
(i take a lot of pictures- not always ones i need)
So i pull the images that are on my sim card-
straight to my preview program on my mac.

(do this by dragging)

NOW, i have a chance to view them Big.

Step 3:
make a new folder on my desktop & name it with the date I am uploading 
(Aug 22 upload) make sure when you have your preview program up
you can still see your folder on your desktop- (makes dragging easier)

Step 4: 
go back to the Preview program and DRAG the images i like,
over into the folder i just made (Aug 22 upload)

NOW, they are on my computer. and organized.

I do all deleting of images on my sim card in my camera-
I will "reformat card" once I know that EVERYTHING
on that sim card is on my computer and no longer needed.
because it will be deleted forever!

Step 5:
Drag that (Aug 22 upload) Folder into my August folder
which is under my 2012 folder
{2012}-{August}-{August 22 upload}
so things are kept organized.






my 5 cents on iPhoto
so iPhoto is nice..
but it duplicates the crap out of your images.. anytime you move it somewhere
you will eventually have like 5 of the same image all over the place and it gets hard to keep track of which one you actually need to keep.
all together, I try not to work in iPhoto-
I only use it when I am organizing and weeding out images in sessions-
I like that i can easily go through and delete, move into certain orders, edit simple things when working with RAW images, etc...
I also like that I can export and give all my images in a folder a certain name,
like "BKWedding" with sequential numbers following.. but i DELETE all images on iPhoto - under the Photos Tab & right after that I delete everything in the Trash Can
ONLY after I export them to a folder on my desktop and I know i have the copy i need.

6 comments:

  1. Great post.  One question.....which is always my problem.  What do you do with your pictures after you have edited them and put them onto Photobucket?  

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  2.  can you explain your question a little better? Once they are uploaded to Photobucket - that means i already have a folder with those same files on my desktop.. let me know if i answered that wrong?! Thanks!!

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  3. Thank you for the tip!  Something we can all benefit from!

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  4. Great tips Lindsey! Thanks!

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  5. Awesome, thanks for this! 

    Katlyn
    www.thedreamymeadow.com

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  6. Hi, love your blog and photos! What kind of computer do you use for editing and software? Thank you so much!

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