In today's digital world of photography, it's now easier than it ever has been to take a lot of photos and share our memories instantly with others.
We post them to social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, email them, edit them, add filters and special effects to them, create photo books, send them out as postcards and more.
It isn't as easy to organize the photos we snap away using smartphones and other cameras. Today, we're overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos that we can take at any single event; both good and bad ones eat up memory on our devices and crowd out other important documents.
So, in 2013, let's resolve together to organize these thousands of photos in order to preserve them for the future and to de-clutter our computer hard drives. Many of us treasure the handful of grainy black and white photos of our ancestors that have survived generations.
So this new year, set aside the time needed to get your digital life under control so our grown children will be able to see what they looked like as kids, before the current technology is obsolete. Start by backing up photos to a DVD or an external hard drive, trashing the bad ones, printing the good ones and organizing them all by events or dates.
“That's a time management thing. You just need to set a time during the day when you're not going to have any other responsibilities,” said Eric Williams, general manager of Bedford Camera & Video in Oklahoma City, formerly known as Epperson Photo-Video.
More importantly, get them off your hard drive, even if you put them on a DVD. A tangible photo or album has more value, he said.