How do you store your digital photos on CD/DVD?

@coffeebreak (17824)
United States
April 20, 2008 8:31am CST
I am just starting this new 21st century way of doing things ... I am still a negative person! (that's as in negatives from pictures!) But, knowing those are probably on their way out like 8-tracks, and cassettes, I try to learn the new ways! So when you use digital camera for your pictures, and store them on the hard drive (and copy to CD for backup) I also tend to be over organized, so help me make life easier on myself.... How do you store the pictures as far as putting them in folders on the hard drive so that they can be copied to CD to view on TV or computer if you want? I also want to make copies to send to family, hopefully they'll play on most DVD players or at least most computers. But how to you title the folders? Do you do one folder called 2008 and just add to it? Do you catorgize into photos of each person of hte family or a certain time or event? I want it to be relatively easy to find a picture I want to print or use, but at the same time, so many folders mean's a constant "use the remote to open the next folder" thing going on while watching on TV. OR am I making a mountain out of a mole hill and over organziing again? How do you keep your pics and how does it work for you?
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@Sillychick (3283)
• United States
21 Apr 08
I create a folder for each month, and sometimes a separate one for special occasions. For example, I have a 2008 December folder, but I also have a 2008 Christmas folder. I do this because I take a lot of pictures- and I mean A LOT!. One folder for an entire year wouldn't fit on a CD. I've even had a few months when I had to split the folder to make it fit. When I want to share them or print them, I create a new folder and copy the pictures I want into it. That way, the picture stays in its original folder so I don't lose it. That would cause a lot of confusion. Sometimes I create a folder for someone and I label the folder 'Pictures for Mom.' Or whoever. I also back them up on CD about every month or two, so I don't lose them.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
21 Apr 08
That is a great idea to make a folder just for them all to stay and then another folder for ones you want to print or have for someone else. I'm going to do that. That will be quite helpful. When you get ready to process the pics from the memory stick, what is your proceedure for doing so? I noticed that if I don't edit for color, and just send to print as is, the colors don't come out very well. So I pull them off hte stick and right into my photo editing program. Size and fix color then save. Now they are on my hard drive, saved in the My Picture folder under the month they were taken. Then I can use from there to send to process. Question being, is it better to just send before or after sizing? I guess I could fix color and save as is, and then size later after? I guess maybe i should ask at what size are they being saved if I just save from the stick to the HD - as far as taking up space on a disk? Think I've talked myself into a corner, but do you understand my question? LOL!
• United States
21 Apr 08
I generally just save all the pictures as they are. I transfer to my hard drive, then back up once a month onto CD. As for editing, cropping and getting rid of red eye- that would be a full time job if I did it to all of them as I copy them. As I said I take A LOT of pictures. I usually only crop and edit the ones I am sending to someone or am having printed. The rest, if I want to I can always go and edit them at any time. The one edit I always make, though, is rotating, if the camera was held sideways to get a long shot in. That way in my slide show you don't have to tilt your head when those come up. I really enjoy putting the CD in my DVD player and watching a slide show on the big screen. I also like setting it to music by adding a few songs to the folders.
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@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
22 Apr 08
I really enjoy putting the CD in my DVD player and watching a slide show on the big screen. I also like setting it to music by adding a few songs to the folders. YOu can play a CD in a DVD player? I want to do that too! I just got the CD Cam corder so I am working on that, but what CDDVD's do you use (-RE,-/+ RW etc) do you use to copy the slide show on and then it play in the DVD player? I did this one LONG time ago from the digital movies (15 seconds time limit) and they copied onto the CD but it wouldn't play on my TV via DVD player. Any suggestions on how you make this work! I am anxious to start on this, but have to get the pics down first!
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
Hmmm let's see .. Some of them I have in picture albums, slide shows, etc. But I still have the images themselves in folder. I do have folder organized by year, and then inside those I sometimes organize them by event or special date or just with the main theme of those pictures. Basically I have folders just to organize what I call the originals. Once I set them up to be seen on the TV I usually make slide shows with related pictures. That's my way, of course, I"m sure that other people have their own special way of organizing their own photos and images:)
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
20 Apr 08
The slide show...forgot about that. That is what I 'd want to do to send to family members. SO you can actually save to disk a slide show? Can you give me pointers on how to do that?
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
21 Apr 08
Tes we can, and yes I can give you some pointers if you don't mind waiting until tomorrow. I am going to go to hubby's aunt to get some things she needs me to do tomorrow, so I might come back a bit late. But I"ll be back here tomorrow and will explain to you how:)
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@viewpoint (137)
• Philippines
20 Apr 08
Well, after saving the photos on my computer, I would collect them all in one folder, then name the folder. I would choose the name of the month and the year that the photos were taken. After that I would copy the whole folder, then I would write it into the cd.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
20 Apr 08
So you are saying one folder called (for instance) My Pictures 2008. And then "sub" folders inside that folder with the months of the year, like Jan, Feb, Mar etc and pictures from each month in there. Then as you copy to disk, you only have to copy one folder over?
• Philippines
20 Apr 08
When you copy one folder, all its contents, including the subfolders are copied into the disc
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Good grief....why am I just now understanding that? Holy cow - what a dune I am! I can't belive I am just now understanding that! I feel so stupid, but thanks be to you!