Organizing my photos

@BelleStarr (39858)
United States
August 19, 2016 8:27am CST
My photos are a mess.I have 5 old laptops, tons of memory sticks and a desktop. All of them have photos on them. When I am trying to write an article and want one particular photo, it is a nightmare. I have 100s of thousands of photos. This morning I started to put them in folders at least the ones that are already on my desktop. I can see this is going to take me forever. I also want to make sure they are stored in the cloud which I should have done years ago. I am open to any suggestions about how you organize your photos, this seems like it is not going to be that effective.
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@LadyDuck (182773)
• Switzerland
19 Aug 16
I do what @Asylum suggested. I create folders and I sort my photos by similar genre, holidays, cooking, travels, people, special occasions and so on.
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
I am trying that but the number of photos I have is rather overwhelming.
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@LadyDuck (182773)
• Switzerland
20 Aug 16
@BelleStarr I always try to organize the photos every day. I have many more old photos (the non digital) to organize, the digital ones are all sorted and easy to find.
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@MarymargII (10706)
• Toronto, Ontario
25 Aug 16
I like this idea- and there's even some I'd like to delete!
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• United States
19 Aug 16
i used to name my pics, put 'em nice 'n tidy 'nto folders. each'd a category 'n those that had multi, i made copies 'f 'n put 'nto said 'ppropriate folders. then i got sick...i've a complete nightmare where's all're sorted by 'date taken'. takes me a month 'f sundays to find a pic these days. i'm prone to takin' 100's daily. i've started sortin' through 'em somewhat, a most dauntin' task. perhaps if'n i jest dedicated a couple weeks to nothin' but that, i'd be successful. best 'f luck!
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
I am afraid it will take me the rest of my life and still they won't be organized. lol
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• United States
20 Aug 16
@BelleStarr i'm with ya!
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
19 Aug 16
I am one of very little organizational skills. I delete as many photos as possible that I think I may never need again. Too many photos makes me very nervous. Good luck with that big job of organizing all.
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
The nature of my writing, travel writing, means I need to keep lots of my photos for possible use at a later date. Plus needless to say with the 10 grandkids I have a few family pictures. lol
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
20 Aug 16
@BelleStarr Well yes, you do have to save yours for sure!!!
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@amadeo (76015)
• United States
19 Aug 16
Mine is a totally mess.Sorry I cannot help you on this.I am the worst
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
I think you are not alone lol
@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
19 Aug 16
This would depend on the type of photographs, assuming that you have photographs from holidays, some of flowers and family photographs, divide them accordingly. For example, make a folder for holidays and sub folder it into places or particular trips. Do similar for each type of genre you have, which will obviously vary from person to person.
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@LadyDuck (182773)
• Switzerland
19 Aug 16
This is how I sort my photos.
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@Asylum (48223)
• Manchester, England
19 Aug 16
@LadyDuck A folder entitled cute creatures then sub folders for snakes and crocodiles.
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@LadyDuck (182773)
• Switzerland
19 Aug 16
@Asylum Hello Barry, I see that you safely arrived at destination. Have you already met cute creatures like snake or alike on the Island? I have a folder "cute creatures" for cats, puppies, hares, young foxes and there is also a young snake... killed by Willy. Sorry.
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@just4him (128773)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Aug 16
I have all my photos in Dropbox, but not all in the same place. I need to organize too
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
I don't know dropbox, I guess I will have to check.
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@just4him (128773)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Aug 16
@LoriAMoore No, it's free. Yes, it has a lot of storage.
@just4him (128773)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Aug 16
@BelleStarr Just go to Dropbox dot com and check it out. It's easy to get started and so easy to save everything to it. It even comes with Windows 10.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
19 Aug 16
I have five old desktops, which does not include the two we are currently using. Most of the towers are non-functional but not worth upgrading or repairing. What I did was to whip out the hard drives and then for about $20, I got a hard driver reader from Amazon. I hooked it up to my desktop and copied files from the old hard drives to the current tower. From there, they can be moved to cloud storage or flash drives, etc.
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
Will that work on laptops? I do have an old hard drive that has some things on it I want that might solve my problem.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
20 Aug 16
@BelleStarr I checked mine and it says it will support 2.5" and 3.5" SATA or PATA(IDE) hard drives as well as SSDs. I haven't used it on a laptop, but I did have a collection of both old IDE hard drives and newer SATA drives.
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
@Rollo1 That is all Greek to me I am afraid, I will check with my tech guy.
@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
19 Aug 16
I haven't nearly as many as you, but I just put them in folders as Asylum has described,
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
I need to hire someone I think except they wouldn't know what they were pictures of lol
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@CinnamonGrl (6074)
• Paradise, California
19 Aug 16
I don't take a lot of photos, so they are mostly just under the date and I have to guess LOL. I can see that people who take a lot of pictures have their work cut out for them.Your photo here is beautiful. Was it taken on your property? Gorgeous surroundings.
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
It was taken on a press trip to Rockford , Ill Thank you.
@CRK109 (14403)
• United States
19 Aug 16
I wish I knew how to help you, but I don't. But the photo you've posted here is gorgeous!
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
Thank you, from a garden in Rockford, Ill.
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@PainsOnSlate (20662)
• Canada
22 Aug 16
i have no suggestions because I am in the same place as you! Thousands and no organization.
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
23 Aug 16
It hangs over me all the time, I know I need to do something but it is overwhelming.
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• Canada
24 Aug 16
@BelleStarr When I got my mac I put all my photos on it and it was quite organized. Now its not, The dates get screwed up now - don't know why but its made a big mess. I used to put my photos on Discs. Now that I put them on the computer I wish I had left them on the CDs.
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
25 Aug 16
@PainsOnSlate Yes I was more organized when mine were on discs
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@jayaramas (1358)
• Bangalore, India
20 Aug 16
buy one TB hard drive
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
I have thought about that.
@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
I have thought about that.
@MarymargII (10706)
• Toronto, Ontario
25 Aug 16
I have that nagging feeling all the time re: my photos-- I also have to organize them but dont know how--I'm going to have to kidnap my son one day and not let him leave till I get what to do---LOL!
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
25 Aug 16
I want to hire someone to do it for me, lol
@maggs224 (1708)
• Alicante, Spain
21 Aug 16
With the digital ones I do it by day month year then subject so the folder looks something like this 17.06.16 flowers or 23.07.16 seaside
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
22 Aug 16
You are one of the most talented photographers I know and I know you must have tons of photos. I think this makes good sense. I just feel overwhelmed. But I think this might work for me
@bunnybon7 (37707)
• Holiday, Florida
20 Aug 16
I need do that also. still can't figure how the cloud works. lol
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@BelleStarr (39858)
• United States
20 Aug 16
I am not exactly an expert on it either. lol
@andriaperry (61334)
• Anniston, Alabama
19 Aug 16
OMG! I did the same thing yesterday and wanna know where I found the pic I wanted? A short cut on desktop. I looked for an hour! No I have no clue, I have tried and failed. That is why the one book is not published, I have the photos scattered.
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@Macarrosel (7537)
• Philippines
19 Aug 16
I can't help you for I'm using an iPad mini and I have not so many photos in it.
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@sabtraversa (13331)
• Italy
19 Aug 16
That's a fun thing to do, while listening to your favorite tunes perhaps. If you can order them by date it might be easier, they should come in groups, at least. Folders seem like the best solution, renaming each picture probably requires too much time, although that would be a good idea.
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@louievill (19985)
• Philippines
19 Aug 16
I use photobucket and create library folders there to sort them out, they could easily be uploaded back to your device in case you need them, it also frees up a lot of space.
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@Happy2BeMe (75395)
• Canada
19 Aug 16
That is something that I need to do sometime to. It is a lot of work but once it is done it is going to make your life so much easier. The above picture is beautiful.
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