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Summertime Series #3 - Transfer and Organize your Photos While on Vacation
Greetings fellow photographers…we had so much fun last time talking about
camera maintenance while on vacation that we’re not ready to go home yet!
So today we’ll continue our Summer Series with some pointers on how to
transfer and organize your photos before you come home from your trip.
Vacation photos are the photos you’ll want to print and keep close to
you year-round to remind you of that magical trip from the summer of 2007.
They may include breathtaking scenic shots, ocean sunsets, obscure attractions
or landmarks, long-lost relatives, Dad changing the tire, carefree kids, or
old friends. The problem is, after taking hundreds of shots, you are faced with
the daunting task of organizing them, a task which often gets put off for
several months, or ignored completely! This year, make your life easier by
utilizing your online photo account to instantly transfer and organize your
priceless memories from your summer vacation. Here are a few strategies:
Backup your photos. We’ve all heard horror stories of
people accidentally losing their digital photos. Imagine this: you book
the family on a whale watching excursion, and after several cloudy hours,
the sun breaks through and creates a perfect rainbow. You place your family
in the foreground, and at that moment, a humpback whale surfaces in the
background. You snap the photo, no one blinks, and you have a perfect shot
of your family on the ocean with a humpback whale and a rainbow in the
background. A few days later, you pull out your camera to show Uncle Joe
the incredible shot you took, and you accidentally press Erase All, deleting
your perfect whale shot, along with all the other photos from the trip. Now,
you may be thinking, “That won’t happen to me.” Famous last words! Why take
Backing up your photos is a necessity in this digital era. With your online
account, you can transfer your photos from your camera to your account on the
fly, ensuring that your priceless vacation photos are safe and secure, no matter
what buttons you accidentally press. The best part is, you don’t need your home
computer to do it; all you need is an Internet connection and a minute or two.
Think of it as a free safe deposit box for all your photos. It’s that easy!
Memory card full? Don’t buy another! While we all
love that our brand new digital camera will capture large megapixel
images, there is a downside to all this wonderful technology: it
doesn’t take long to fill your memory card. Suppose you are three
days into a week long vacation, and your memory card fills up. Instead
of trying to find a camera store and paying tourist-trap prices to buy
another memory card you’ll never use again, just transfer your images
to your online account, clear your card, and keep shooting. Your images
will be safely stored in your account, and you’ll avoid the hassle and
cost of handling multiple cards on your trip.
Organize your photos into albums. Another fantastic
advantage of transferring your images instantly while on vacation is
the ability to create separate albums to organize your photos. Once you
get home, you are faced with the realities of unpacking, catching up at
work, and settling back into your routine, and when you finally get around
to organizing your photos, it can be a difficult chore. Was that waterfall
in Montana or Canada? Was that cousin Norma from Des Moines or cousin Daisy
from Little Rock? Every time you transfer your photos, you can create a new
album in your account to help you keep them organized. For example, you can
create a new album for each city you visit on a road trip, or for each day
of your vacation. Then, when you get home, you can organize the details,
edit the photos, insert captions, and so on.
Transferring and organizing is as easy as 1-2-3!
To organize your photos while on vacation, just follow these steps:
Log on to your online account from any computer connected to the Internet.
Transfer the photos following the simple instructions provided
(don't forget the cord or compact flash card you need to connect your
camera to a computer).
Organize them into albums and enjoy!
No matter where your travels take you this summer, don’t forget your
camera! And remember to use your online account to transfer and store your
photos – they can make great Holiday gifts in a few months! Now if only
traveling to your vacation destination was this easy…!