Getting to Know iCloud Photo Library

Simple Tips to Help You Get to Know (and Use) iCloud Photo Library

Not sure what it means when someone says, “Oh, I saved it to the cloud”? You’re not alone.

There’s a lot of confusion about what the term “in the cloud” actually means these days – and your uncertainty may be holding you back from harnessing this important and useful technology.

The “cloud” is simply another name for the network of computers that use the internet to receive, send, store, and share information outside of our own local machines and devices.

iCloud is Apple’s version of cloud-based storage. It’s an ecosystem that merges and syncs all content on all devices into one account. If you’re using Apple devices, you’re probably already using iCloud to back up data like mail, contacts, calendars, notes, and messages.

But if you feel like you really don’t know iCloud, how it works, or how it can help you manage your photos, then this post is for you! (more…)

Overcoming the Stress of Mess

Overcoming the Stress of Mess: A Busy Mom’s Journey to Photo Organization

Kelly Caffee wanted to find a photo of her son’s birthday party on her phone or computer – but years of accumulating photos with no organization turned a simple search into a huge frustration.

Kelly is a busy single mom who has a demanding job that requires a lot of travel. Her schedule didn’t contain any extra gaps for things like sorting and organizing her photos.

Many of our clients are just like Kelly. They are frustrated by constantly being short on time, and overwhelmed by the enormity of their photo collection.

Here’s the story of how Kelly left that stress behind her to find order and efficiency in her photo collection. (more…)

Three Tips for Organizing Albums in Apple Photos

Three Tips for Organizing Albums in Apple Photos

Are you overwhelmed by the large quantity of photos in your Apple Photos Library?

Do you get annoyed when you have to scroll through ALL of your photos to find the ones you’re looking for?

There is a solution! Albums to the rescue!

An Album is simply a collection of images in Apple Photos. Apple Photos gives you the freedom to create your own albums and folders in the app. Organizing your photos in this way eliminates the time-consuming task of searching for images in the library.

In this post, I’m going to show you to three ways to create and organize albums, so you never need to worry about digging around for a particular image again. You’ll know exactly where your photos are, and how to find them quickly and easily. (more…)

Understanding the Basics of Apple Photos

Understanding the Basics of Apple Photos

If you’re a Mac user like me and take pictures with your iPhone, then you probably have some of your photos stored on your computer in the Photos app.

Photos for macOS, or Apple Photos, is the photo library for Mac users. When you upload your photos to Apple Photos, you can view, edit, organize, and share them — all in one place.

When I’m working with my own photos, I prefer using the Apple Photos app over any other photo library system. It’s my favorite app because:

  • Apple Photos is a convenient library system that stores everything in one place.
  • Your photos reside in a closed environment, housed within your own account. No one can mine your photo data containing your personal information to use in marketing and advertising.
  • Apple Photos syncs with all of your devices. You can use it on your phones, tablets, and computers.
  • Photos for macOS is a secure system. You can set up two-factor authentication to control which devices have approval to access your iCloud account.

If you feel like your knowledge of Apple Photos is limited, read on for some tips on understanding what’s inside this powerful app. (more…)

Simple Strategies for Organizing & Maintaining Your Photo Collection

Simple Strategies for Organizing and Maintaining Your Photo Collection

This is Part Three of a series on gathering all your photos into a Digital Photo Hub.
Read Part One (How to Corral Your Digital Photos) here.
Read Part Two (The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos) here.

We all know that feeling of relief when our house is cleaned and organized, and excess clutter is thrown away. There is freedom in knowing exactly where to find what you’re looking for, and motivation to keep things organized.

Cleaning up a cluttered photo collection provides that same sense of satisfaction. It can feel like a weight is lifted when you remove duplicate and unwanted images.   

Perhaps you already keep all of your digital photos in one central location, or you’ve been organizing photos using the steps from our previous posts in this series. In either case, now is a good time to take another look at your photo collection and name your file folders, set up a backup system, and then learn how to maintain your hub moving forward.  (more…)

The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos

The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos

This is Part Two of a series on gathering all your photos into a Digital Photo Hub.
Read Part One (How to Corral Your Digital Photos) here.
Read Part Three (Simple Strategies for Organizing and Maintaining Your Photo Collection) here.

Got your photos all gathered into one place? Great! You can breathe a little easier knowing you’re on your way to having any photo available at your fingertips in just a few seconds.

Now it’s time to sift through your photos and find out exactly what you’ve got. This second part of our series provides tips to quickly scan and compare your images in order to remove duplicates.

In this process, you will take a bird’s eye review of your photos, learn how to use duplicate cleaning software, and identify which photos to keep. (more…)

How to Corral Your Photos So You Can Share and Secure Them

This is Part One of a series on gathering all your photos into a Digital Photo Hub.
Read Part Two (The 3-Step Process for Finding and Eliminating Your Duplicate Photos) here.
Read Part Three (Simple Strategies for Organizing and Maintaining Your Photo Collection) here.

If you’ve got photos stored in many different locations, it can feel overwhelming and chaotic.

Most of us have photos stored:

  • On multiple devices (like your phone, tablet, computer, or social media accounts).
  • In “the cloud” (a backup system run on the Internet).
  • In Dropbox or Google Photos.
  • On social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram.

It’s easy to lose track of the images in your collection. You’re not sure what you have, and you’re reluctant to add more photos to online storage sites. Some call this “cloud fatigue.”

There is a system that can help! In the same way we gather our financial information to make it easier to file our taxes, we can consolidate our photos into one place, so we know what we have and keep our images safe. Having our photos gathered in one location also makes it easier to find and share images when we need them. (more…)