Stock Photos for Photo Organizers

PhotoSortObsoleteTechIt’s hard, when your business is photos & the stories behind them, to find just the right pictures for your marketing materials. Stock photos can be great – or terrible. Sometimes both at the same time.

Pictures of actual client’s projects are great examples, but privacy issues abound. There are only so many times I can use my own friends and family in my samples. Fortunately, my son is still at an age where he’s flattered to be used in so many projects. ExersaucerHe thinks it’s awesome when I take a project I made for someone else and substitute his pictures instead.

What’s a photo organizer to do?

To start off, I have scoured through multiple stock photography sites. I like Deposit Photos the best (so much that I became an affiliate). The have a great selection, good policies and prices. It works for me, especially when I can catch a nice sale, like this one – 15% off credits thru 5/31/14.

As for the other images – those concepts that would really make your marketing project PERFECT, I’m afraid they just don’t exist. Yet. I’m putting together a list, and some day maybe I’ll collaborate on a stock photo collection just for photo organizers. What would you like to see in that collection? Please let me know in the comments, or contact me directly if you have lots of thoughts on the subject.

Unexpected uses for my Mabel’s Labels

Mabel's Labels customizable householdI’ve been using personalized name labels for a while. I started getting them for my son, and quickly realized I needed some of my own. I’ve tried a few different kinds, and settled on Mabel’s Labels as the best combination of quality, size/style that suits me, and price.

Their circular shoe labels and customizable household labels are my favorite products. I also love the Skinny Minis which fit on surprisingly small items in my photo organizer’s toolkit (magnifying glass, unwaxed dental floss case – you get the idea).

As I’ve been expanding my affiliate partnerships, I discovered that Mabel’s Labels has a program, and just signed up. They have a special going on right now that is an incredible deal. Here’s a screen shot of my new order – at these prices I need to restock.

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Here are the details:

Are you ready for some Spring cleaning? Let Mabel’s Labels help you get organized! Now through March 4th, Mabel’s Labels is offering 40% off Sticky Labels , Skinny Minis, Tag Mates and the Big Kaboodle Combo. No coupon code required. Plus, receive free shipping on all orders! Hurry – before this offer ends!

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What unusual uses have you found for your personalized labels? I’d love to hear about them in the comments, or better yet, share a photo of your labels in action!

Now a Panstoria affiliate

I’m happy to announce that Baltimore Photo Solutions is now an authorized Panstoria affiliate. That means that we offer click-through links to help you get the Artisan and Historian software for your PC.

Learn more about a wonderful program for organizing and editing your digital photos.

Panstoria Historian

Memory Manager System

I now have over 11,000 images in my Memory Manager vault. And that’s after I have deleted a few hundred. As I’ve talked with people about how I organize my photos, I’ve gotten a number of requests to explain how I rate my pictures.

Like many photo organizing applications, Memory Manager 4.0 (MM4) uses a five star rating system. Since I do 95% of my photo editing in MM4 too, I have to make note of the “needs to be fixed” (and worth fixing) images so I can go back and clone a family photo where all our eyes are open, etc.

So here’s my system, in brief.

A five star image. One of my all time favorite pictures of 2011. I used it for an album cover, in a few different photo cards and everywhere else I could imagine. It was quick and easy to crop out the tree branch over his head.

  • Five stars – rarely given – a truly spectacular photo, one that is going to be prominently displayed and I need to be able to find easily.
  • Four stars – the good stuff. Album worthy, may be used in other projects.
  • Three stars – the OK stuff. Worth keeping, but not necessarily front and center in an album or other project. Lots of pictures fall into this category. May include similar photos to some of my four (or five) star ones, in case I want to do a series.
  • Two stars – needs editing. I’ve got the white balance/color off or it somehow needs to be fixed. I can search just for my two star images when I have time (and mental energy) for an editing session.
  • One star – delete these. It takes too long to delete images one at a time. All my duplicates, blurry shots, the rejects – ones I know I’ll never use – I give them one star as I go thru the batch of photos. Later I can search for one star images then I can delete in bulk and save myself time.

I hope this helps! Happy organizing.