Easy Photo Tips in practice

I’ve been a fan of Nick Kelsh for a few years. He was a featured speaker at our recent APPO (photo organizer) conference in Dallas. He packed all his excellent advice into one very helpful infographic.Photo Tips by Nick Kelsh


Here’s an example of his tips, taken in January 2012, when I was trying out a new prime lens, the manual setting on my dSLR and to incorporate all his advice.

Want to play along? Share your results in the comments section. I’d love to see them (and I really, really mean it).

ENOUGH winter already.

It’s been a long winter. Thanks to a husband with a strong back and a recent photo organizing conference in Dallas, I’ve had it better than lots of people, but still. . . Enough snow already.

I’ve been trying to stay positive. Another week below freezing – fewer mosquitoes this summer. Sub zero temps? Think of all the stink bugs dying, and fewer weeds in the garden.

Even more snow

I was going through old photos, importing them into Lightroom, and I found this gem from 4 years ago. It brought back a lot of memories, like frantically rescheduling a couple trips out of town, and watching my young son experience LOTS of snow for the first time.

My take away message – keep this latest snow-flurry-whatever in perspective. It could be so much worse. And enjoy your trip(s) down memory lane as you organize your old pictures.


It’s OK to trash your photos

trash can

Take a deep breath, and let them go.

Really. Sometimes the best thing you can do is sort through your photo collection and trash all the duplicates, near duplicates, and photos that just don’t quite make the cut. If it’s blurry, or there’s a better version, out it goes. Heads are cut off, finger over the lens – bye bye.

Some people really get into this. After a little while, they realize how much junk is in their photo collection of 11,000 digital images and 2 tubs of photos. Of course, if it’s the only photo you have of Uncle David, you might want to keep it even if it’s not the best quality image. Otherwise, take a deep breath and let them go. You really can do it.

Start Anywhere


One of the most common issues I hear from people wanting to get a handle on their photo collections is “I just don’t know where to start.” It’s very easy to get stuck in analysis-paralysis. Don’t spend too much time trying to figure out the best system for tackling such a large project. That’s time you could be spending on the project itself. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter. Don’t get me wrong – I have lots of strategies that I use to help people organize, protect and share their photos (and the stories behind them) as efficiently as possible. What I’m saying is – exactly where you start isn’t the point.

Pick somewhere that’s important to you: an upcoming family event (like a milestone birthday) and focus on that. You’ll feel better if you are working on the most relevant, meaningful tasks, rather than slogging thru your in-law’s vacation slides from 50 years ago (sadly this was not just a random example but Oh, it’s good to be done with that task too!).

Set yourself up for success. Once you have a small but important part of your photo life in good shape, you’ll be inspired to do more. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts by the smiles, tears and gratitude those newly accessible photos bring forth. And it’s a pretty sweet reward.

Happy Spring!

Happy Spring

thought of the day

Children need interesting mothers. - Marge FrantzI needed to practice my web image- making skills. So, last night I stayed up way too late making this graphic. It’s clean and simple, which is my usual style, and it was good practice.

This is one of my favorite quotes. It’s something I remind myself of whenever I feel like I’m not doing enough for myself, or by myself.

A meaningful present

This is a photo panel I made as a gift. I used Memory Manager to remove the people from the background of the picture.