It’s 2012, Have You Organized Your 2011 Cell Phone Pics?

Clean off Cell Phone PicsIt’s 2012, have you organized your 2011 cell phone pictures yet?  It’s very common to take the new year as a time to start off fresh.  I’ve been reading lots of posts and comments from friends who are busily cleaning out their houses and closets.

Hello, this is your cell phone talking.  I have all sorts of awesome pictures from 2011 just hanging out here.  Maybe you should do something with them.

I covered how I organize cell phone pictures last June.  I’ll say it again – your cell phone pictures deserve to be stored and backed up right alongside pictures from your regular camera.

This is triple important for me at this moment because I got a new cell phone and need to make sure and get all the pictures from the old phone backed up before I get rid of it.

Remember – If pictures are from a particular event, consider putting them in their own folder from that event.  If you have a bunch of pictures that don’t go with anything, put them in their own folder for the year.  Mine is called “2011 Cell Phone Random.”  Don’t forget to purge the blurry/bad ones first!

Get going!

Organize Your Photos: Cell Phone Pictures

You thought we were done with photo organizing, didn’t you?  Here’s a bonus post.

You are doing a disservice to yourself if you aren’t organizing your cell phone pictures.  Think about all those moments where you didn’t have a real camera.  Cell phone pictures have stories to tell.

This is part 5 in a series about organizing your photos.  Miss earlier parts?  Visit Part 1 – Non-Digital Prints, Part 2 – Organize as You Go, Part 3 – Take Control of Your Hard Drive and Part 4 – Advanced Techniques.

The Case for Using Cell Phone Pictures

Quality is less of an issue:  Picture quality keeps getting better and better.  I can print pictures from my cell phone in small sizes using my photo printer.  You also have the option of putting a few of them together and then printing the collage in 4×6.

You can free your pictures:  Remember the days when pictures were chained to the phone?  No more.  With most smart phones, you can email pictures to yourself or plug the phone into the computer.  Now would be the time to find that micro-USB cable that came with the phone.  Can’t find it?  Take your phone to an electronic store like RadioShack or Best Buy and get a replacement.  These cords are standard on most phones now.

Important moments without a regular camera:  We’ve all had them.  Maybe the pictures on your phone aren’t “important” but they represent a very interesting slice of life.

How would I scrapbook these or use them around the house?  Use them to compliment larger pictures in a layout.  Or, how about a layout showing what’s on your phone?  That would be really interesting!  I’m working on two wall art projects that use tiny photos and I’m using camera and cell phone pictures together.

Organize Them

Purge:  Admit it, you flip through your cell phone pictures when you’re bored.  Take the time to delete pictures you don’t need anymore like we discussed in the first post.  I take a lot of pictures of products and prices in stores, so it’s good for me to go through and delete them.

Store with your other photos: Every few months, copy pictures off your cell phone and onto your computer.  If pictures are from a particular event, I organize them like I explained in this post.

I also create a catch-all folder for each year of cell phone pictures that don’t belong to a particular category.

Don’t forget to tag them!

Have you done anything cool with your cell phone pictures?  Please share!

Our series on photo organization is finally concluded.  I hope you enjoyed it!  We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Thursday.