5 Quick Steps to Managing Your Digital Photos

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind


A Great Tit bird in winter, Prague
A Great Tit bird in winter, Prague

Today, I had the immense privilege of venturing into Prague with a dear photo-loving friend, despite the bitter cold temps, to take photographs of gorgeous Prague under a dusting of snow. In the matter of a few hours, I took a couple hundred photographs. :o)

One of the hardest things about digital photography is the ability to take thousands of photographs.

Yes, the ability to take thousands of photographs is a wonderful thing, especially considering the time and effort and money involved in the old-style method of developing film. But there is one drawback to digital and the thousands of photographs: how do you organize and find the photographs once you’ve taken them?

A couple of weeks ago, a friend asked about my photos and how I manage them … I have a Nikon DSLR D90 camera and use an HP HDX laptop for my writing and photography. So, here, my simple 5 step method to managing my photographs:

1)  Insert or plug-in your memory card.

2)  Import the photos.

Tag the Photos

3.  Name the Photos. I always choose a name that I’ll remember later, for instance, Prague. Then, I use an underscore _ and then add the date I took the photos (here: 020812), and then use an underscore _. The computer then numbers the photographs in the order they were uploaded. This way, every folder in my photo library and every photo in each folder has a unique and relevant name.

My Simple Photo Naming System

4)  Import the photos and let the computer name and sort them into the correct folder, by automatic number.

Importing the Photographs

5)  Refer to and find the photographs you want to edit, sort, and use:

Finding your photos for use

Here, a photograph from my time in Prague today:


Prague Castle from Strahov Monastery

Questions? Please post them in the comments. I’ll look forward to posting next week about adding a watermark to your photographs, for use on the web… Thanks!


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