Give yourself an installation to reorganize the accumulated images today, and if you have five minutes left right now, why not spend it on it? Pay attention to three important points that should be considered when working with photos.
Item 1. Downloadable. If you are one of those who consider the process of transferring images from a camera to a computer tedious, then a camera with the function of a digital wireless connection to a computer is what you need!
The wireless data transfer technology is supported by Nikon Coolpix P1 cameras, Canon Elph SD430, etc. Using Wi-Fi, they transfer photos to a computer or to a printer.
But the Kodak EasyShare-One camera can send photos by email and even upload them to the company’s free website or download them from there.
Canon has a special digital camera called Canon Digital IXUS wireless that supports direct wireless printing, wireless image transfer and wireless control of PC-based Wi-Fi shooting functions. The user can also perform a wireless connection to a PC and set up a printer connected to the USB port to automatically print. Thus, you can quickly organize a wireless connection to print and transfer images from any room.
The camera automatically transfers each captured image to the PC, and the software included in the delivery package displays it on the computer display in real time.
Point 2. We select. Before proceeding with photo processing (red-eye removal, cropping images, etc.), delete all the unsuccessful pictures – blurred, with closed eyes, exposed or, on the contrary, too dark, of poor quality and with unfavorable angles. Perhaps you will have several similar images.
Choose the best of them, and send the rest to the basket. The fewer photos you have in the end, the easier it will work with them.
Item 3. We organize. Install a good file system on your PC (for example, iPhoto, ACDSee or Picasa) to help you build a hierarchy of photo folders. And you can simply create an image repository in your computer.
In order to be well versed in digital photo albums, we recommend creating a separate folder for each calendar year. And inside this folder, place subfolders that display the events of this year or a particular season.
It makes no sense to clutter the mailbox with heavy attachments with photo files. It is better to join the photo sharing site, with which you can easily work with links to photos and whole albums, show them to your friends and add images to social networks. You can also mount a small film from a photo or a slide show with music (animoto.com; smilebox.com).
Project Animoto is an online resource that transforms a set of photos into a real video.
To create your video on Animoto, you need to register and upload photos from your PC or point to a series of pictures you have published in one of the services like “Photo @ mail ru” or LiveJournal. If your photos are organized by album, you can point to one particular album.
After a short pause to upload your photos, animoto.com will offer you a free 30-second video with no more than 15 frames (to include additional photos in the video, you have to pay $ 3, regardless of the number of photos).
When choosing music, you can download your music from your PC, or you can use the Animoto library, which has a wide variety of music – hip-hop, rock, etc. Animoto technology will analyze your chosen music and select the sequence of transitions, special effects and other visual design in accordance with the genre of music, musical instruments and vocal parts. The resulting video can be sent to friends, saved on your computer or placed on one of the publicly accessible sites like YouTube.
Few people think about backing up photos, but care should be taken to ensure that images are safe. First, collect all the pictures that are dear to you. Scan old photos.
If you cannot do it yourself, contact the special services, where you will digitize the photo images using negatives, slides or printed photos on paper. As a result, you will get your hands on a DVD with digital files and your originals.
Now you need to think about backing up. Consider copying photos to backup media as a mandatory final step in working with images.
If you are afraid to forget about it or are just too busy, use an external hard drive, which, when connected to a USB port, your PC will automatically back up not only images, but also files from your computer. You can also purchase a USB device (USB flash drive) for storing large amounts of data, or install another additional hard disk on your computer, or copy all the important data to CD or DVD.
The last option is the cheapest, since the disks are inexpensive, and at the same time the most unreliable, since if you accidentally scratch a disk badly, you can hardly use it.