Have a camera or phone filled with photos? What are you doing with them?

Photos like this one taken with my camera phone are a great reminder of fun times.
Photos like this one taken with my camera phone are a great reminder of fun times.

I’m a professional photographer yet I can’t help but sometimes snap a few quick photos with my camera phone. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and especially Instagram make it fun and easy to share pictures with our friends.

The same thing rings true for those of us who have a digital camera. We take photos on family vacations, around the home and of special events.

So what are you doing with those photos? Sure, sharing them on social media is great but it seems to be shame to use them only for that purpose. Some photos (unless you really want to keep pictures of all the lunches you’ve ever eaten at a restaurant) can be deleted but there are many photographs we take that should be kept. They are visual reminders of wonderful memories that we want to keep and pass on to future generations.

Tips for preserving photos from your phone/DSLR

I had a great time at Painting with a Twist with my son. This photo captured with my camera phone reminds me of a great memory and I am glad I still have it.
I had a great time at Painting with a Twist with my son. This photo captured with my camera phone reminds me of a great memory and I am glad I still have it.

First of all, I hope that you’re backing up the photos you want to keep on a hard drive of some sort (if you’re really into taking photos, I would suggest a dedicated external hard drive). Think of all the times that your phone could fall into water or somehow break. All those photos would be lost unless you’re downloading them and backing them up.

 

But what to do with the digital pictures that you download?

  • Create digital folders and slide shows using apps so that they are organized for you to view any time. This includes creating slide shows for family gatherings or even displaying your photos in a rotating digital photo frame on display in your home. Either way, keeping your digital photos organized is a great way to be able to find them when you want them. There are several programs or apps that help you do this.
  • Who says that the digital photos have to stay digital? Print your favorite photos and put them in albums or frames to decorate your home. Sites like Pinterest have all kinds of great ideas for displaying your photos in a fun, creative way.
  • Create photo books through photo labs like Creative Memories, Shutterfly, Blurb, Flickr, etc. Each one offers something a little different. Check out their pricing plans and what they offer to determine which lab best suits your needs.
  • Are you interested in scrapbooking or other creative outlets? You can scrapbook or create crafts based on your pictures. Again, Pinterest is another good place to get inspiration for ideas.
Who wants to forget family times on the lake? I can use this photo taken with my camera phone to scrapbook or otherwise display.
Who wants to forget family times on the lake? I can use this photo taken with my camera phone to scrapbook or otherwise display.

I’d love to hear more about what you do with your photos. Share your ideas in the comments!