10 tips to keep in order your photos

10 tips to keep in order your photos

Tech July 12, 2016 11:48

- Compared to, say, ten years ago we are now madly photos. Not only with a compact or SLR, but also with a smartphone. How do you keep your photo collection in order? Not? Then it is high time to take these tips while.

The first step? You select photos. It makes no sense for the thousands of pictures that you all make to keep. Take a critical selection and remove blurry, failed or silly pictures immediately. Bad pictures indeed eaten nothing but space and make unnecessarily extensive collection. Remove them directly from your camera or smartphone.

Like too much hassle? Clear the photos then right after you've imported them on your computer. That can in Explorer or via the preview photos. Do you have many pictures that look alike? There are handy free tools you (almost) detects identical pictures. dupeGuru Picture Edition, Image Comparer or Fast Duplicate File Finder are a couple of them.
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Tip 01 Single-click on the trash bucket in the standard Photos app to delete a bad photo.

All pictures drop one folder? Then it may go quickly wrong. Still, you have absolutely no special software is required to archive your images in a clear manner. That is, if you keep a clear folder structure. A good archive is organized in a systematic and orderly manner in different folders and subfolders. An example that works well for most people is a breakdown by year and issue number.

Get through Explorer in the Pictures folder, the '2016' folder. Place it to the folder '001 Anniversary Lucas. The exact file location for your pictures will look like this: Graphics / 2016/001 Birthday Lucas. Stop herein all your photos from the birthday party of Lucas and give the image as the file name jaar_mapnr_ (c) yournick (Picture no). jpg. For example 2016_001_ (c) janjans (023). jpg. In this way, each photo in your archive anyway a unique file name. Moreover, you name as a photographer remains visible if you send the photos to friends, colleagues or family members. A second series of photos you archive the same way, for example, in the Images / 2016/002 Summer Barcelona. Note, this is an example of a pattern. Of course, you choose your own layout, but try to get there or to keep.

Tip 02 A clear folder structure allows easier to find photos.

Your new pictures from today archiving in this way is a piece of cake. You have to do it consistently. But what do you do with your old images? Ideally, you also give this same folder structure and file names. That requires some work, but it does offer added value. Creating folders is probably not much work that can quickly in Explorer with the key combination Ctrl + Shift + N. Rename is time consuming. In one folder the photos and then select Rename from the right-click menu. Type (in our example) jaar_mapnr_ (c) yournick (eg 2016_003_ (c) janjans) and press Enter. All selected images change at once by name and get a number in brackets. Like too much hassle? The freeware Bulk Rename Utility you get a lot of opportunities. The tool makes it possible to carry out in batch rapid adjustments.

After you install the software and open, navigate in the left margin to the desired folder. Select the photos you want to rename. Using the different courses you can keep or remove old file names, insert a date, add serial numbers and so on. At the top you get in the open preview the new names. Click Rename to make the changes.

Tip 03 Bulk Rename Utility allows you to change quickly and easily hundreds of photos of name.

On a Mac is very easy to take pictures quickly to rename.

Each photograph hangs a lot of invisible information you can call at any time. For example, the date and time of the recording, the camera model, the aperture, shutter speed, ISO and focal length. This so-called EXIF ​​(Exchangeable Image File Format) can be viewed in Windows on the details in the Properties menu tab. make an adjustment is not possible. In some photo-editing programs such as EXIF ​​data can be used to filter images.

That way you find very quickly recover photos you've taken on a particular day with a particular camera. It is for this very important that you have properly set the date and time of your camera. Another focus: pictures can lose metadata when you edit or publish on social media. Want some reason you remove metadata itself? Then click on the Details tab in the Properties menu, click Properties, and delete personal data. After you've checked the metadata you want to delete, confirm the action with OK. The freeware XnView (see tip 9) is a great application to find photos based on metadata.

Another meta-form IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council). This is data you can set itself, such as the name and contact details of the photographer, caption, any copyright information and so on. You can enter this information manually on the Details tab in the Properties menu, but it is a very time consuming task. Some cameras allow us immediately to recording already set some data but it can also batch when you import the images into specific (usually paid) software such as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop (Elements).

A lot of people hang tags to their photos. This is an efficient way to get back to track after fast graphics. A label or keyword hang a picture is easy. You select a photo from Explorer and click the right mouse menu, click Properties. you can type a keyword in addition to labels on the Details tab. Separate multiple labels you with a semicolon.

You type a keyword into the search bar in Windows Explorer, you get immediately presented with the results. Do you get different results? Then you can search for further filtering through the options under Tools on the type, size or other characteristics. Want to see the labels in Explorer? Click in Explorer on the View and switch to Details tab. then select Add Columns / Labels. However, setting up labels using Windows Explorer is a time consuming task. Prefer a little faster? Make sure to try the freeware ITAG once. Select the photos that you want to hang the same tag and add a tag from the Tag Bucket far by simply clicking on the button with the green plus sign. New labels do by typing the keyword in the text box next to Add tag. In the free version you are limited to a maximum of three keywords per picture.

Tip 06 Quickly add multiple keywords? Then you need ITAG.

In a similar way, you can also organize your photos based on other labels: Stars or location. With the help of stars gives you your best photos in a snap out. Geotags make it possible to organize your photos by where they were taken. This can be useful if you want to compare images from a vacation of 2011 with images of this summer. Snaps you shoot with your smartphone, are almost always provided with a geotag. If your camera is not equipped with this technology, you can add it manually using various software packages if you'd like, but that's quite a bit of work.

Tip 07: On your smartphone, you organize your photos easily on the basis of location.

Do you find it a hassle to set everything manually? It can also be a lazy way: using Google Photos. This free tool backs up not only photos but also sorts and tags them even automatically. All you need is a Google account. Then you can get started using the browser on your PC or through the Google Photos app on your smartphone or tablet. This app defaults to an Android phone, and is also available for iOS users via the App Store.

When you open the app for the first time, you have to sign up. Next, you should indicate that you agree to Google's terms of service with the Accept button. One of the most interesting features of Picasa is that you automatically backups can link up your photos so you never lose those beautiful memories. You can specify whether you want to upload your images and video clips over Wi-Fi or via Wi-Fi or mobile network.

The choice is dependent on the data bundle is then used. Change to Enable. All photos and videos on your device- own images but also photos that friends have sent through WhatsApp or other services- are now free and unlimited backed up into 'high quality'. That high quality means that photos are stored with up to 16 MP and videos at up to 1080p. Higher quality images to be scaled back, or you can upload original resolution, but the storage space is not unlimited. To later make changes to the backup settings, tap the button with the three dots in the upper right corner and select Settings / Auto Backup. Here you can set include the resolution or purchase additional storage.

With the app you can also create and share albums, edit photos, or make a collage of your photos. The automatic search function is very cool. Type in the search bar, but once the name of a city that you have visited. Or search encourage 'flower' or 'beach'. Google has them neatly out of your photo collection, even without tags.

Tip 08 without ever setting one tag, Google Photos sorts all these images under the heading 'Heaven.'

XnView is also a must in terms of photo management. The strength lies in the management and conversion capabilities. Do you have an insane amount of pictures in an old external hard drive? His photographs not convenient categorized or appointed? Thanks XnView track you do very quickly a holiday of roughly 15 years ago. For example, because you remember when you had a Nikon camera and the trip took place in July 2002. On the basis of all kinds of ingenious filters and the ability to search based on IPTC data and EXIF ​​data, you find that one picture with just a few clicks away. In addition, the freeware also suitable to convert files to other formats, watermarks, add or rotate images. Create file lists or contact sheets, changing pictures in batch by name or identify duplicates... which can all. A very versatile package!

Tip 09 With XnView is tracking down old photos a piece of cake.

Do you have an iPhone or iPad? Since IOS 9, it is possible to carry out extensive searches with the aid of Siri. A simple command like 'Show me pictures of Barcelona from 2014 'your dishes out immediately for the desired result. Siri takes into account the date, location, and album name. For example it is possible to get an overview of all your selfies in 2015. Another skill is that iOS many different types of media divided into photos / albums. Under your Camera Roll, you get different standard albums with all your Selfies, Panoramas, Videos, Slow Motion files, Time course files, Bursts and Screenshots. Of course you can also create albums. To do this, simply tap on the plus sign in the top left corner. The button with the magnifying glass allows you to photos they mean close, a year ago or a specific place. Enter only once 'Spain' or tap once on 'A year ago '.

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