How to Organize Your Photos
-Digital and Print-
We have heard you and we are here to help!
Jan has been asked frequently by clients about what is the best way to store their photos. Here are a few ways to store your photos digitally and physically. We hope after you read this article it will jump start you into decluttering your photo collections!
Free Storage: Unlimited Photos & 5GB Video Storage – For Prime Members
Upgrade Storage: Without a Prime subscription it costs $12/month with a 30 day free trial.
Perks: Keeps files as its true form without lowering resolution or quality. You can use face recognition to narrow down the search for people. They have hands free organization. Easily order prints, calendars, cards & more from your devices with free shipping. You can invite up to 5 friends or family members to make a family vault. Access your files from any where on any device. If you are already paying for Prime, I highly recommend this service for you.
Free Storage: 15 GB
Upgrade Storage: 100 GB – $1.99/month, 1 TB – $9.99/month, 2 TB – $19.99/month & more
Perks: This is the most space you can get for free, but it does also share space with your email and google drive. It also has the most options for purchasing a larger amount of space. There is a ‘virtal assistant’ that (if you allow) organizes your photos by location, face recognition, date, etc. It also creates videos, panoramas, Gifs and other fun photo variations with out you having to do it. It has image recognition, which can be amazing when searching through thousands of photos. Another perk is that you can edit your photos through the google photo app or website.
Free Storage: 5 GB
Upgrade Storage: 2 TB – $8/month
Perks: They focus on being simple and secure. Your privacy is guaranteed with this company. They have easy ways to share your media, even large files. Sync provides real time backup and deleted file recovery. Access your photos from every device.
Apple iCloud Photo Library
Free Storage: 5 GB
Upgrade Storage: 50 GB – $0.99/month, 200 GB – $2.99/month, 2TB $9.99/month
Perks: Great for Apple users. This is storage for photos, videos, documents, music & more. Your photo library can automatically sync whenever you have wifi without you lifting a finger. It has very easy family sharing options. Access your account from all your devices. It collaborates with Word, Excel, etc. Your photos will be automatically tagged and organized for you.
Free Storage: 5GB
Upgrade Storage: 50GB – $2/month
Perks: Mac is to iCloud as Windows is to OneDrive. So this is great for windows users. You can access your photos on a PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. This app links to social media sites. Your files are easily organized by type. OneDrive is also compatible with Microsoft Software (Word, Powerpoint etc) which can come in handy if you use those programs often with your media files.
Free Storage: Unlimited Photo Backup
Upgrade Storage: Unlimited Backup with Original Photo Quality Backup – $5/month
Perks: Free unlimited space! It saves your photos in High resolution but not the same quality as the original. You can access your photos from anywhere. This is great for people who have simple photos and aren’t worried about the resolution being disturbed. They also pride themselves on the safety and privacy for your account with bank level encryption.
Free Storage: Free unlimited storage
Upgrade Storage: Video Storage 60GB – $19.99/year & 2 more video upgrade options
Perks: A storage place for the creative person. Here you can store your images as well as make photo books, personalized gifts, cards, home decor and more. You can also make a free private website to share your photos. They also have an option for video storage but it is not free.
Sign up special: 50 free 4×6 prints, one free magnet & one free set of address labels
External Hard drive
Storage Sizes: About 50 GB to 4 TB (prices from below $20.00 to over $200.00)
Perks: Just plug in your device and sync. Your photos will be kept private, just with you and not in the hands of anyone else or owned by a company. You would need to keep it in a safe place to avoid the drive from being damaged. It would be a good idea to have your photos organized by one of the sites above first then export to a hard drive so it will be organized.
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I recommend keeping your digital photos on at least two storage sites not including your personal device. If one server crashes, you would have the other and nothing would be lost. I use iCloud, Google Photos and Amazon Prime for digital storage. You should ALWAYS have everything backed up daily or at least every other day. I have my settings to sync all the photos, music, etc every time I use wifi so I never forget.
I also recommend printing your favorite digital photos. MPix.com is our preferred retail lab as they are owned by one of the professional labs we use at the studio. MPix has great customer service and great quality products. Shutterfly and Amazon also provide an affordable way to print photos.
Organize your Print Photos
If you ordered your portraits from Jan Gratz Photography, then I know you are off to a great start! Ordering Jan’s one of a kind image boxes to help keep your photos neat and organized is a beautiful showpiece for your home. Here are a few more ways to keep your prints well-kept and safe.
Plastic Storage boxes – sizes 4×6 and 5×7 – $2.49/$2.99 ea
These are very convenient storage cases for photos. It will keep them organized and safe from damage. They are inexpensive and you could also buy the large container to put multiple 4×6 or 5×7 in.
Buy from Target, Container Store, Micheal’s & many other places.
Photo Memory box – $2.50 & up
Could be placed in the living room cabinet or its simple to slide under the bed. These are stackable and easy to label. I like how they come in various sizes and colors to match any room. It will not be as safe as the plastic organizers but it can still help you stay organized.
Photo albums – $5.99 & up
Buy the photo albums that come with the plastic photo sheets so you can slip your photos in with ease. An album also provides an attractive way to display your photos and is very easy to have on a bookshelf or coffee table.
Organizing your print photos will be time consuming but once it’s done it will be well worth it. It could also be something fun to have the whole family help while reminiscing about fun memories.
I use every one of these methods to store my photos. The photos I am very proud of, are in a photo album or scrapbook for me to show off to visiting company. Then the other photos that are more for private family sharing are neatly labeled and tucked away under my bed or in our family fireproof safe.
I hope this article will help you out in the best way possible! If you have any other great ideas we should add just let us know! We’d love to hear from you!
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Written by Guest Blogger, Hannah Litten