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5 tips for organising and managing digital photos

Since there are countless options to click photos nowadays, quite often we end up with a bunch of disorganised photographs in random folders on our computer. If this is the case, chances are your computer will be flooded with a gazillion folders most of which you can’t quite recall what’s in them and when the photos were even taken. Most likely you have photos in folders that don’t even make sense (although they probably made sense at the time you filed them there!).

Seeing it’s the beginning of a New Year and that normally means organisation, it’s time to sort your digital photos and organise them into some order that makes sense (to more people than just you).

Here’s 5 handy tips that will have you organising and managing digital photos like an expert.

  1. Get your folders sorted

Digital photo folders

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A really easy way of setting up photo folders on your computer is by year and date. Everything is in chronological order and is easy to find.

How To organise OLD photos

If you have old photos in your computer then you will need to check each of their dates to transfer them to specified folders. You can easily check the dates by going on each photo’s property and check the date the photo was created on then it’s just a matter of drag and drop.

How To organise NEW photos

First thing you are going to want to do is, set your camera’s date and time correctly so your future photos will have the date and time on them. This is too easy if most of your photos are taken on an iPhone or other smartphone. Accordingly put them in the designated folder.

How To Create Folders

  • Create a master folder and name it “Photos/Pictures (it’s possible you already have one on your computer or laptop).
  • Create sub-folders and rename them to years.
  • Inside each YEAR create ‘categories’ or ‘months’ folder. This is only necessary if you have a lot of photos, else you can put the photos directly in the ‘year’ folder.

 

  1. Software

photo bucket

Image via: Photobucket

Instead of doing everything manually, why not get help from photo management software. This type of software allows you to import photos in bulk, lets you tag them and makes it super easy for you to find photos in the future.

For example, you can use tags like ‘picnic’, ‘kids’ or ‘birthdays’ and anytime you would like to search for images of kids or picnic, just type the word in and the software will extract all the tagged images for you. Lots of photo software programs also have face recognition meaning that it will automatically recognise people in photos and once you’ve initially set up who is who, the program will be able to grab every photo of one specific person. It’s not foolproof but it takes a lot of work out of having to categorise people.  There are plenty of software programs available online like Picasa, SmugMug, Lightroom and Photobucket many of which are free and super easy to navigate.

  1. Storage

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If you have a tonne of digital photos, it’s not a bad idea store them in an external hard drive instead of directly on your computer. This way it is easier to manage photos and they won’t take up storage on your computer and slow things down. Although whatever you do, be sure to make at least one set of backups of your photos just in case (preferably two).

  1. Backup

We can’t stress enough that making a backup of all of your photos is really important. Super important. All those memories captured over the years stored in only one place is a recipe for disaster. Whilst we don’t necessarily expect bad things to happen it is wise to be prepared. Create a backup of all your photos by storing them in at least two safe locations. You can save photos on an external hard drive or store them on an online portal such as SmugMug, Shutterfly, Flickr, Microsoft OneDrive etc. These are all reputed and reliable online photo storage sites. But here’s a piece of advice, no matter what site you choose, be sure to do your part of research to make sure your data is safe on the website.

  1. Print an Annual Photo Book, Scrapbook, Smashbook or Photo Album
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Image via:Wit and Whistle

 

Whilst it’s great being able to snap endless photos on your iPhone, there’s nothing quite like having a printed version of your photos so you can touch and turn them and pop them on display.  Once a year pick your most favourite photos and print them on your Pringo mini wifi photo printer and turn them into a scrapbook, smashbook,  a wall decoration or simply pop into an album ready to be shared with friends and family.

 

Organising your digital photos takes a little bit of time in the first instance, but once you have your folders and systems set up, keeping them organised will be a cinch. Happy snapping.

 

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The Pringo smartphone photo printer lets you print directly from your iphone or other smartphone, iOS or Android device. Instant photo, instant fun.

 

scrapbooking layout

Ready, set, scrapbook! Simple Scrapbooking Advice.

Scrapbooking is such a wonderful way to creatively capture a moment, tell a story or preserve part of your personal history. Not-to-mention it’s a lovely way of sharing your most favourite printed photographs all in one spot. Having said that, it can be difficult to know exactly where and how to start your scrapbook project if you’re a bit of a newbie in the scrapbooking space so we’ve put together a few ideas to get you started.

 

1. Select your story

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Telling the story of Christmas. Image via: scrapbook.com

 

If you’re scrapbooking part of your life it can be difficult to limit what you want to share and say within your scrapbook. However taking a moment to select which story you plan to scrapbook will help you focus and maintain a theme throughout your book. And try not to let yourself get overwhelmed by the nee to scrapbook absolutely everything. Just pick one story to start with, be it a holiday, special moment, a friendship or whatever takes your fancy and run with it. You can start the scrapbook of next story as soon as you’ve finished this one :-).

2. Select your photos

Whilst it might seem like the easiest part of scrapbooking, selecting your photos can often be the most difficult. Actually ‘deselecting’ photos should be more to the point. Because it’s so easy to take hundreds *ahem* or if you’re like me, thousands of photos on your smartphone or camera, it can be difficult to whittle down to the very few that you need. Just remind yourself that sometimes less is more. Sometimes one photo is better than 6 photos on a page to give a focal point.

3. Cull and cull and cull some more

Once you’ve selected the photos you’re planning to use in your scrapbook, it’s then time to cull them. And by culling I mean, reduce the numbers from 1536 photos (because probably a little difficult to squeeze all of them into a 12 page scrapbook) down to about 20 photos. Good luck with that step!!

scrapbooking layout

This is a nice effect with the spotted paper framing the ledger paper. Image via: Octoberafternoon

4. Select your theme

The paper you use within your scrapbook becomes part of the theme of your story. You can choose textured or patterned paper or you might choose a more subtle single neutral-coloured paper. Each page doesn’t have to have the same paper as long as the theme is followed through in some way shape or form. If you choose a patterned cardstock for one page, you might select a plain coloured card for the rest of the pages with strips of the patterned cardstock glued to each page. The ideas are limitless. Whatever theme you use, make sure it doesn’t clash with the colours in your photos or detract from the stories your photos tell.

5. Mix up your fonts

Whilst this point is debatable, mixing up your fonts creates another level of interest and creativity in your scrapbooking project. Select one font for your page title and another one or two fonts for other accents in your page.

6. Select your accessories and page accents

Page accents add that touch of flare and extra bling to scrapbooking projects. Things such as ribbons, buttons, bottle tops and shapes cut out of cardstock all help to enhance your story and make your scrapbook really standout. Think layers, textures and dimensions.

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Use the Pringo app to apply text and borders to your photos before you print them.

7. Your photos don’t have to be square and centred

When placing photos in your project, it’s time to think beyond square and centred. Slightly tilted photos can bring energy to a page and photos just off centre cam funnily enough add balance to your page. Mix it up and don’t be afraid to try different ways of placing your pics.

8. Don’t just write on the pages

When it comes to the written word in scrapbooking projects, it pays to think outside the square a little. Sure you can write words, sentences or paragraphs straight on the page, but it might also be nice to use journaling cards or tags and tuck them behind your photos to add a different dimension to your page. Also, if you’re printing photos from your Pringo portable printer, add text to photos using the Pringo App before printing for another nice effect.

9. Tell your story

This is your project and your story, so don’t forget to tell it. Before you start sticking photos and accents to pages, it’s worth taking the time to set out your scrapbook story so you’re clear on what you want to express and where in your project you want it. That moment of planning will ensure you don’t forget anything important in your story.

 

 

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Fun photo apps for iPhone and Android devices

So you’re on the brink of printing photos on your mini photo printer but your photo just isn’t quite right. Whether you want to add just a touch of bling, adjust, crop, change the balance, exposure or add other effects to your photo, you know it needs a little something before you hit the print button. So why not take a moment to edit it before you print? It gives you the opportunity to take your photograph from ‘okay’ to ‘brilliant’ with a few simple steps and the right photo app. So the next question is, which is the right photo editing app? The reality is there’s literally tonnes of them available for iPhone and Android devices. So to make things a little easier, we’ve collated a list of a few of the favourites:

 

1. Photo Editor App by  Aviary

 

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image from: techcrunch

 

Photo Editor by Aviary is a user friendly photo app for iPhone users with great features that includes touching up blemishes, attractive photo effects, adding texts and funny symbols etc. The focal features of this app is to enhance the texture and look of the photos. When you’ve finished the editing process, save it to your camera roll then you can add stickers and borders with the Pringo app and print it on your Pringo wifi mini printer.   This app also allows you to share edited photos directly on social media.  Aviary app is available to iPhone users for free.

2. Popkick App

 

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Turn your photos into very cool pop art with this app. Popkick offers various vibrant effects to transform your simple photo to a striking image by adding wild neon effects. If you are printing photos as a gift for someone, then this might be the one for you. They’ll be surprised to see the transformed image. iPhone users can download this app for $2.99.

3. BeFunky App

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As the name suggests, BeFunky is a funky little photo editing app for Android and iOS devices that lets you edit photos on the go. It offers all the basic features that you would expect from a photo editing app including photo cropping, filters, adding effects etc. This app is available to users at $2.99 but you can also download a free trial version before downloading the paid one.

 

4. Photo Editor Pro

Photo Editor Pro

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Photo Editor Pro is more or less like Aviary app which offers great editing and filter options. The app has features such as photo frames, stickers, text option etc. It also features ‘one tap’ photo enhancer which makes this app stand out. There’s nothing quite like getting an app with a bunch of features like this for free. r

5. PicLab HD

 

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PicLab HD is an uncomplicated and convenient app that makes photo editing extremely easy and fun making your photos look extraordinary. The photo editing app allows you to add fancy texts anywhere on the photo, adjust the colour balance, exposure and saturation. Different filters and effects including 3D makes this a really fun app to use.  This is app is available to iPhone users for $2.49.

6. PicsArt Photo Studio

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Image credit: inspireyourway.com

PicsArt Photo Studio is a free app that allows a user to click photos directly through the app or go on to edit photos later. It’s most significant feature is the photo collage option. So, why not create a photo collage for someone as a gift? This photo app lets you create a collage of photos in your phone effortlessly and then print them directly from your iPhone or Android device once they are fully edited. It’s other features include filters, visual effects, image cropping, exposure etc.  Available free for iOS and Android devices.

7. Handy Photo App

 

handy photo app

Image credit: ephotozine.com

This amazing app lets you edit photos by sliding the edit options on the screen and offers exciting features like brightness adjustment, special effects, image cropping etc. with an additional ‘Move Me’ feature which allows you to cut a part of an image and move it wherever you want. The Handy Photo App is available to iPhone and Android users for $1.99.

 

So over to you. Have you used any of these photo editing apps? Are there any others that you just can’t live without?

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve edited your photos, why not print them on your Pringo mini wifi photo printer? Available for $149 from the Pringo store. 

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Win a Pringo Wifi Photo Printer for Father’s Day (#1)

With less than 4 weeks until Father’s day, it’s time to start thinking about all the lovely things we can do for the fathers and fatherly-type blokes in our lives in preparation for the 7th September. Whether it’s planning a BBQ breakfast, a fishing trip, a day on the golf course or day with the family now is the time to get that planning started.

To help you and the Dad in your life celebrate Father’s day, we’re giving away a Pringo wifi photo printer every week in the lead up to the big day (3 printers in total). With a Pringo mini wifi photo printer your Dad can instantly print photos in real time straight from his iPhone or Android device. He can add stamps, borders and text and instantly print a credit card sized waterproof and fingerprint proof photo! He’ll love it!

To win a Pringo mini photo printer for Dad all you have to do is follow us on Facebook and then leave a comment in the promotion app below telling us what the Dad in your life would love to print on his new Pringo. It’s that simple.

This promotion ends 9pm AEST Sunday 17th August 

This has now closed……but there’s another 2 Father’s Day giveaways coming…..

(please read the terms and conditions within the app)

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Good luck and keep capturing those memories.

AND THE WINNER IS……

Sophia Filipetto with the following answer to why she wanted to win the Pringo for her Dad

 to take photos of ‘the 5 loves of his life, me, my pesky brother, mum, Polly the dog and his bike’

Congratulations Sophia!!

If you can’t wait until the promotion ends, then we’re also running a Father’s day sale. Purchase a Pringo wifi photo printer and a 100 pack of media and receive a 30 pack of media absolutely free.

4 DIY photo collage wall display ideas

There’s nothing quite as captivating as walking into a home filled with printed photographs. Endless memories plastered across walls and fridges whispering stories of love and friendships, good times and precious moments. For the conventional, photographs are placed in carefully selected frames then nailed to the wall or held to the fridge by magnets. Job done, photographs displayed. But why not think outside the square a little and get a little creative when sharing our beloved pics (not that there’s anything wrong with conventionalism)? Here’s some simple, yet very creative and beautiful ideas for turning your memories into a creative photo collage to proudly display on your wall. 

1. A Heart Photo Collage

Forget about going to a photo studio to get a photo collage made, you’ll be surprised to know how simple this really is.

Heart photo collage wall art

Inspiration from: http://fromswithlove.com

Here’s How You Can Make It: Print your favorite photos that you would like to be displayed. Get a cardboard or a foam core board and cut it in a big heart shape making sure that there’s

enough space to fit in all your favorite pictures. With the help of adhesive, place photos one by one over the heart shaped board and let it dry for a couple hours. You can use a lamination sheet  to protect the photos or simply apply a coat of mod podge directly over the photos. Mod podge will give your collage a finished look. 

2. A Photo Family Tree

 Take your family tree to a new level with this photo family tree.

family tree photo art

Inspiration from: fabartdiy.com

Here’s How You Can Make It: You don’t have to be perfect with the size and design of the photos and frames. In fact, different size and shapes will create more diversity on the wall. If you’re particularly creative you can paint your tree directly on the wall. If you’re not so courageous and Picasso-like then you can just purchase a wall decal sticker set and stick that to your wall. Hang your pics spaced evenly around then branches. 

3. Wall Full of Photos

 There’s nothing quite as mesmerizing as lots of small photos all in one spot. Photos are bound with old memories and no matter how many times you flip through the pages of your album, they’ll always make you look back and smile. But wouldn’t it be better if all the special photos from your childhood, your trip to Italy, or your graduation day were displayed on the wall?

collage wall of photographs

Image from fabartdiy.com

Here’s What You Can Do: So the idea is to create a huge collage that can cover most of your targeted wall. Measure the wall and accordingly get a foam core board/core flute. If you’re looking for straight lines rather than a mixed collage effect, grab a ruler and rule parallel lines across your core board to line your printed photographs up on.  Print your favorite photos and simply paste them one by one on the board using adhesive. Once this step is complete, apply one coat of mod podge and let the collage dry overnight. Give it 24 hours to dry then hang in a prime viewing position. 

4. Vintage Handbag Photo Decoration

 If you can get your hands on vintage handbags, this is a very chic idea for photographic home deco work.  

vintage handbag photos, photo wall art

Inspiration from: sassytrash

How You Can Make It: Get a basic photo frame and remove the back cover of the frame. Place the photo in the photo frame as usual and apply adhesive on all four sides of the frame. Carefully place the frame on the handbag and let it dry overnight. Place other ornaments or artificial flowers in the handbag and hang it on the wall. So very cool!!

So it’s okay and just a little bit cool to think outside the square when it comes to hanging photographs in your house. Whilst throwing them up in frame is perfectly lovely, adding a little contemporary artsy inspiration is absolutely delightful.

How do you display your photographs in your home or office?