Reader Survey: What Kind of Photo Keeper Are You?

Reader Survey: What Kind of Photo Keeper Are You?

Shifrah Combiths
Nov 3, 2014
(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

With phone cameras that are far superior to the digital handhelds of just a few years ago and ubiquitous DSLRs, we're all "photographers" these days. If you want to get me going on a topic, ask me about what I do with my photos and why it means so much to me. But today I want to know, What do you do with your photos, if anything at all, and what do you want to do with them?

How do you organize your digital photos? Do you snap hundreds and let them live on your phone until you run out of space and then think that, boy, you really need to figure out how to get them onto your computer as you scramble to delete something so you can take a picture of your beautiful brunch? Do you keep every image because you can't bear to part with any single moment captured, or do you ruthlessly cull, only keeping the very best? Are your photos all together, sorted by date or event, or are they scattered on each family member's phone, on the SD card, in the cloud, on your desktop, and who knows where else? What's your process for organizing and storing photos, if you have one, and where do you feel like you need help/suggestions for how to do it?

What do you currently do with your photos? Are you satisfied with exclusively digital photos that stay on your hard drive or do you do something with them to make them more consumable? Do you share photos on social media but that's as far they get? Do you watch slideshows on the TV with the family? Do you backup your photos or does it stress you out that you haven't yet? Do you ever print out photos and if so are they in boxes or on display in an album, on the wall, or some other way?

What do you want to do with your photos? What do you want to improve in terms of what you do with your photos? Would you feel accomplished and satisfied if they were simply organized? Do you want to do something with them but feel like the task is simply too gigantic?

Hopefully these questions give you a little prodding to consider what to do with the thousands of moments you've probably recorded. Please share your answers, thoughts, and questions below, and we'll keep the conversation going.

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