Keeping your pictures in order

By Richard Churchill – First Published January 2010

After you have had a digital camera for a while, you computer can start filling up with a disorganised mass of pictures. Pictures of your birthday, summer holiday and your nephews wedding (who is still waiting for you to send him the pictures), it’s a mess but there is a way out.

Picture managers are programs that help you organise your pictures and get the most out of them. One of the best is Googles Picassa, it is packed with easy to use features and is a free download from Google.

So what do they do? They start by helping you organise the way your store your existing pictures then keep them organised as you add more. Once organised you can view your pictures by the date they were taken, where they are stored, you can add descriptions to the pictures and then search to find the pictures you want easily.

When you have found what you are looking for you can group the pictures in an album, so you can find them again easily. You can do this without having to make a copy of the picture, so you have as many albums as you like with out filling your computer with 20 copies of the same picture.

Once you have imported your picture or found a old picture you may want to edit it, to fix the little things that stop it being a great picture, photo editors connected to album software can be variable, both Google and Adobe do very good editors, others can be more limited and difficult to use.

Finally what good are pictures if the only place you can see them is on the computer? Your photo album software will arrange them so you can have 1,2,4 or 6 pictures to a page and as many copies of each picture as you like.

Picassa goes one better, you can create CD’s with collections of pictures on, create video slide shows, or put your pictures on an electronic picture frame with just a few clicks of the mouse.

So go out, download or buy some picture management software and get organised.

Going further

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