So you have just come home from a weekend trip and have 100 new photos on your camera. Rather than leaving your pictures jumbled in a file, label them, manage them and store them. Here are a few simple steps that will help you find what you’re looking for when you need it.

 

1. Take lots of pictures!

Shoot as many photos as you want — after all, it’s digital. Load your photos onto your computer using the USB cable or memory card.

 

2. Name the series.

Give the selection of photos a name! It will help set the series apart from the rest of your photo library.

 

Windows Vista Tip: Windows Vista allows you to assign a tag to the whole set of photos you are bringing onto the PC!

 

3. Edit your pictures.

Delete duplicates and low-quality pictures. Rotate, crop and make other quick edits to the photos.

 

4. Rate them.

Rate your favorite shots so they’ll be easy to find later. The better a photo is, the higher a number you give it. 5 are your favorite photos and no stars means it’s not your favorite. Then it’s just a matter of selecting a number between 1-5 by pressing that number on your keyboard. Simple!  (Note: not available on all operating systems and photo editing programs)

 

5. Take it to the next level with tagging.

Assigning keywords to your photos using tags can help you sort and search.

 

Windows Vista Tip: For quick tagging with Windows Vista, simply select the “add tags” from the dropdown on the right hand side and type in your tag. You can also press Ctrl-T to get the tag functionality to pop up.

 

Windows Vista Tip: Want to search for all pictures with your mom? No problem. Photo tags make it easy to search and sort your photos instantly.

 

6. Add captions and comments!

More and more programs are making use of captions for a photo. This process is the equivalent of writing on the back of a photo, or underneath one in a scrapbook. Bring your photos and memories to life with captions and comments so you remember who’s who and who said what!

 

Windows Vista Tip: With Windows Vista, you can label and tag your photos as you import them, so they’re organized and searchable by rating, caption and tag as well as by date.