Use Apps to Organize and Manage Photo Files

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Saratoga Retirement Community Explorer Shelly describes a photo management problem that occurred while traveling overseas.

He sought help from an IT technician to move his photo files to storage, thinking he was filling up his camera's memory. The technician suggested that he get a USB drive, which he did, and proceeded to move the photo files from the camera - via the tech's PC - to an African USB drive. Shelly says that today he knows there are pictures on the drive somewhere, because he has seen them on someone else's computer, but he cannot get his pictures off the drive and onto his computer. The group suggests  that he may be able to get the pictures extracted by a local service, but also that since the phone has a lot of memory, he may not have had to move the pictures in the first place.

Jan recalls that a photographer who came to a family event first sent the pictures to them by email, then later sent a USB drive with the photos on it, which they took to a local photo service shop for processing and printing. 

Larry has many photos on his phone, and realizes that he can't move the photos directly to a thumb drive. The group suggests using the iPhone cable to connect to his Apple computer. It will leave copies of the photos on the iPhone, where he can then decide to keep them or delete them to make space.

Curation seems to be the key. Since a service to digitize is costly, remember that kids don't want to see all of the pictures of our trips. Select only the best, and creating captions is considered highly worth the time by one member. Several members want to better learn how to use the photo file organizing apps, and discuss where to find classes.

The bottom line: Most agree that managing and organizing photo files needs to be done, but they don't make it a high priority.

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from the Saratoga Retirement Community circle discussion May 24th, 2016.

 

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