My Fave Digital Photography Tools

When you have the right tools, it just makes things so much easier and less stressy. I’m in love with my digital photography tools for organisation, backup, and editing, and I’m excited to share them with you…

My Fave Digital Photography Tools

Photo Organisation Tools

Adobe Bridge CC

free!

This free tool has amazing organisational functionality. It’s preferred over Adobe Lightroom, because Bridge is an organisational system first, while Lightroom is an image processor first, and organisational system second.

Backup Tools

Google Drive

15GB for free / 1TB for $9.99 per month

Google Drive is the ultimate option for backing up to the cloud. Play Music, Google Docs, and photos smaller than 2048x2048px (6×6” printed) do not count towards your limit (yay!).

Dropbox

2GB for free / 1TB for $9.99 per month

Dropbox is a good alternative to Google Drive. There is no advantage of one over the other except for how they “feel” and that one is developed by Google.

External Harddrive

about $60 for 1TB from Amazon

If you are not always online and/or would like a physical backup, harddrives are inexpensive and the right choice. While CDs and DVDs look really pretty, they are not stable over time.
photo editing

Photo Editing Tools

Adobe Photoshop CC

$9.99 per month with the Creative Cloud Photography plan

The ultimate in photo editing. Relatively steep learning curve, but there is so much free knowledge on the internet, and it’s totally worth it.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC

$9.99 per month with the Creative Cloud Photography plan

An “image management application database which helps in viewing, editing, and managing digital photos”.

Photoshop is for editing in great detail at pixel level (intermediate to advanced), and Lightroom is for editing high volumes of raw files (beginner level).

Read more about the difference

Canva

free

Incredibly intuitive basic photo editor. Also has a great design section with great templates for blog images, and eBook covers.

PicMonkey

free

Online basic photo editor that allows you to edit and retouch photos, create collages, and create designs.

The Photo Organisation Toolkit - free PDF downlload

PS: you can download this in PDF form to print and read or stick up on your wall. 

I have been using one particular way of organising my digital (and physical!) photos since 2003. I’m not cocky about a lot of things but I am cocky about this system. It’s the best. Organising my photos in this way means that I don’t have anxiety over trying to find a certain photo, and it means that my scrap process is even smoother. For the past thirteen years, these have been my organising rules, and I cover these ten commandments in my new course, Photo Organisation 101.

The 10 Commandments of Digital Photo Organisation

 

1. thou shalt backup

Cats love knocking over computers and coffee is naturally drawn to a laptop keyboard. Your memories are important, and so you should treat them as such.

2. thou shalt not backup too much

There is no need to have five kinds of backup unless you are a wedding photographer. Back photos to the cloud where it’s their job to look after your data. Along with the photos being stored on your own computer, this is enough.

3. thou shalt minimise storage USAGE

Delete photo duplicates. Delete blurry photos. Delete nineteen out of twenty photos of your dog eating a slipper in which he has pretty much the exact same expression. Don’t keep photos that you will never look at with fondness again.

4. thou shalt keep all photos in one place

Keep photos from your Big Camera (DSLR), iPhone, GoPro, family photos, and scanned in images under one big Photos folder on your computer. Don’t have bits and pieces on eight different SD cards.

5. thou shalt be consistent

Use the same naming template for folders and photo files so that it’s easier to find something.

6. thou shalt have a hierarchy

Hierarchies are the key to a well-organised photo system.

7. thou shalt make it your own

Allow your photo organisation to fit your style.

8. thou shalt have a processing plan

Have a plan so that when something pops up, you have a list of objective “rules” for how to deal with it.

9. thou shalt schedule

Make it a priority to update your photo backup. It’s no good having a backup system without actually being backed up.

10. thou shalt streamline

Make it as easy as possible for yourself to stay organised so that you do, indeed, stay organised.

Photo Organisation 101

Photo Organisation 101 is now open!