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How to organize your photos so they’re not a big mess anymore

How to organize your photos so they’re not a big mess anymore
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It's absolutely amazing. Just a few years ago, taking photographs was a hassle.

You had to lug around heavy cameras and you were weighed down with a dozen or more rolls of film, especially if you were going on vacation. They were expensive, too.

You could easily spend hundreds of dollars on a camera. Then, you can spend hundreds more buying film and paying someone to develop it.

Worse, though, was that most of us never took a photograph on film that didn't make us nervous. Would the photo look as nice as you thought it would? Was the film ruined going through security at the airport?

Like I said, a hassle. And that was even before you had to figure out what to do with dozens or hundreds of photographs. You probably still have photo books that are collecting dust in the attic.

Of course, in the 21st century, it could not be easier to take photographs. You whip out your smartphone and take up to hundreds of photographs every day, just capturing everyday life.

Don't panic. It's so easy to keep your photographs organized.

Let's starts with Google.

Google Photos

What's easier than automatically organizing photos? Not much, as it turns out.

With the FREE Google Photos, you can save hundreds or thousands of images to Google Photos. It's a cloud-based storage system with loads of photo-focused functions.

Note: You'll need to have a free Google account.

You simply upload photos from your digital device. Then you can share them with friends or, more to the point, create albums. (Click the "album" icon on the left-hand side of the Google Photos home page.)

And, get this! You can create real, printed, 20-page photo books. Softcover photo books start at $9.99; hardcover books start at $19.99.

Bonus: If you're an Amazon Prime member, you have access to its Prime Photos. That's its cloud-based storage. When you take a photo on your smartphone, you can easily set it up to automatically save a copy to Prime Photos. Just download the app and all your photos will be accessible from any internet-connected device.

Save Photos on Your Computer

If you want to organize photos on your laptop or desktop, here's how to do that. First up, organizing photos on a Mac.

Mac

Open the Photos app >> Albums >> click on All Photos >> select photos to include in the album >> click on plus sign and select Album >> select New Menu and name it >> OK.

Windows

Download a free app like Windows Live Photo Gallery >> Start (window icon on lower left side of your screen) >> select Windows Live Photo Gallery >> hold control key and select photos for album >> name them >> Enter.

Backup Your Files

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