Magazine article Technology & Learning

Organize Your Digital Photos: Display Your Images without Hogging Hard-Disk Space

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Organize Your Digital Photos: Display Your Images without Hogging Hard-Disk Space

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According to InfoTrends/CAP Ventures, by the end of this year more than 55 percent of all U.S. households will own at least one digital camera. With so many digital cameras in use, it is important for people to understand how to organize and store digital images in ways that make them easy to find. Additionally, today's affordable, large megapixel cameras are able to create and save very high-resolution images, which can take up a significant amount of space on a hard drive. Here are some ideas for organizing your photographs.

Use Your Photo Software One way to organize your photos is to use the software that came with your camera or computer. These products will allow you to create albums--collections of your photos that you choose from your library of digital images. You can organize these albums any way you wish; for example, by class, project, or year. You can also create albums any way you want, such as thematically--"Class Trip to the Zoo" or "School Play." Because each album is virtual, the same photo can be put in multiple albums without creating duplicates. Many photo software products also let you make slideshows, export photos to movies, or develop a Web page out of the photos.

Create Your Own Folders

Within the Pictures or My Pictures folder, you can create your own folders in which to store your shots. Just open the Pictures folder and choose New Folder from the File menu. Name the folder any way you wish and move your photos into it (by dragging and dropping them). …

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