Turn your photo chaos into precious memories to be enjoyed and shared!
Now more than ever, we hold our photo collections dear. They are often some of our most prized possessions. Wouldn’t it be great to finally have all your photos organized, safe, accessible, findable, and shareable? With Declutter Your Photo Life by your side, you have just what you need to achieve photo bliss.
Photographers and family historians understand the immense power that photographs have to convey meaning, emotion, and memory. We cherish both old film photos that were handed down by previous generations and our latest digital photos captured on the newest smartphone. But when those priceless memories are unorganized and scattered every which way—on a smartphone, on a laptop, on memory cards and flash drives, on two or three photo sharing websites, in photo albums, and in shoeboxes in the attic—the joy of photography becomes an overwhelming burden. What a mess!
Whether you’re a professional photographer, a casual shooter, or the designated family historian, Declutter Your Photo Life will help you organize and enjoy your photos once again. In this book, professional photo organizer, photographer, and author Adam Pratt teaches you his straightforward step-by-step workflow that, along with powerful image-organizing software such as Adobe Lightroom Classic, will have you taking complete control and creating a calming order out of your photo chaos. And once you’ve mastered Adam’s system—Gather, Preserve, Organize, Share, Maintain—you’ll be able to enjoy and share your photos today and for generations to come.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Overwhelmed by Photos
Chapter 2: Workflow Overview
Chapter 3: Software and Hardware
PHASE 1: GATHER
Chapter 4: Gathering Digital Photos
Chapter 5: Deduplicating Photos
Chapter 6: Creating Your Photo Archive
Chapter 7: Gathering Physical Photos
PHASE 2: PRESERVE
Chapter 8: Preserving Photos
Chapter 9: Converting Digital Formats
Chapter 10: Scanning Physical Photos
PHASE 3: ORGANIZE
Chapter 11: Curating Photos
Chapter 12: Organizing Photos
Chapter 13: Dating Photos
PHASE 4: SHARE
Chapter 14: Sharing Photos
Chapter 15: Accessing Your Photo Archive
PHASE 5: MAINTAIN
Chapter 16: Maintaining Your Photo Archive
7 x 9in
Soft Cover- without flaps
Gloria June 24, 2022
First off, what phototog wouldn’t fall in love a book that begins with the author saying: with his very first camera when he was a boy, he would shoot a roll of film in a week; with his next camera he shot a roll of film in one day; the third camera, 100 images on a holiday; and, when he became a young father, 50,000 shots in the first year! Yep, that’s why we need to read this and learn how to declutter our photo lives.
In an early chapter the author outlines, simply and efficiently, his five–step workflow for organizing your photos. I appreciate his setting out this system early on to refer back to when actually doing the work. As an aside: Pratt uses a word I’ve never seen, “deduplicated”. It refers especially to computer data and means to eliminate duplicate information. He even suggests brands of deduplication software. I’ll be interested in how that comes up later. As I read further, I discovered an entire chapter dedicated to deduplication. Now that I have read it, it makes sense. We have duplicates from redundant back ups, unformatted memory cards, social media, screenshots, etc. Lots of duplicates to deal with and he gives us the how-to in that regard. I appreciate it because I had never really thought about ridding my photo library of duplicates.
I enjoyed the list of places where we can discover old photos: in wallets, in family bibles, on the refrigerator! The writer entertains us as well as educate us. He also suggests that we tap members of our family for photos they may have to add to our digital library. He also wisely advises that we remove old photos from adhesive albums because they will continue to disintegrate. I have found that to be true with the photos I am scanning from old family albums. Instead, after scanning, he says to place them in new, non-adhesive albums.
And probably my favorite tip of the author’s is that we do not need to scan everything. If a photo was just a bad photo or something we don’t care about and never will, there’s no need to preserve it. Something hard to accept, but it makes perfect sense. I find that it is sometimes difficult or impossible to date old photos unless there’s a nearby witness to help you out :-). The author points out that we should do a little detective work. For example, if there was a car in the photo, you can often date the image by its license plate! I never thought of that. You can also count the candles on a birthday cake to see how old the birthday person was. In other words, don’t give up.
Finally, the author gives us several useful plug-ins and apps we can use in our work to declutter our old photos. I appreciate that because often I have no idea what works and what doesn’t. This book is not only incredibly useful for anyone working on photo archives for their family, it’s also a joy to read. I will be revisiting it for sure!
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