Set yourself up for success when starting a photo organising project

September 3, 2019
Hi, Chantal from Photos In Order here.

Today, I want to encourage you to take some time to set yourself up for success if you are starting a photo organising project.

What do I mean by that? I mean that it is worth creating a work space that is not only functional but that ideally, you like spending time in.

Let’s start by looking at this when you plan to work on your printed physical photos. Let’s say you want to digitise your prints. Ideally, you would start by gathering all your photos, be they lose, in albums, framed and so on. You can already imagine that this will need some space. That means, you will need at least one table to spread out. When I did that, we worked in the spare room and also used the guest bed to make year piles. Ideally, you can work in a space that is light, clean, friendly and as dust free as possible and not draughty. You don’t want the wind blowing away your photos.

If you have pets such as cats, it would be good to be in a space that they can’t access. The last thing you want is the cat walking all over your sorted photo piles, let alone leaving hair all over the place.

Then there is some equipment you will need, such as a rubbish bag and a recycling bin, index cards, photo safe pencils and certainly boxes or zip lock bags to store your photos in temporarily.

Depending on your project and your photos, you will need even more.

So, that’s the printed photos.

When you are working with your digital photos, it is a bit easier since you will not need so much space. Again, working in a nice room will surely help but also to have a computer that is up for the job. If your computer is very old or running out of space, it will be frustratingly slow when you are working with your photos. Sometimes I come to clients who haven’t upgraded their computers and programs in years and that doesn’t help either. Make sure that everything is up-to-date. It will make the job a lot easier.

Happy photo organising and see you next time!


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