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RL Tips: 6 Ways to Organize Your Photos

Whether digital or on print, here are easy organizing hacks to help you store your prized snapshots


With smartphones and digital cameras, it has become easier to take photos and mark milestones. But how about storing those memorable snapshots? You don't just stack them in a corner, right? Even with digital copies, you need to properly store them too or else you'll run out of precious memory storage.

To help you tackle the challenge of organizing your photos, here are helpful tips that will surely come in handy.

Picks by Paula de Guzman. Styling by Dagny Madamba and Tala Singson. Pictorial direction by Nat M. Clave. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano.

Read the original article ("Photo Op!”) in the October 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Keep these tips in mind:

Use boxes for storing old film photographs.

Assign various box sizes to different photos and label them properly for storage. As a bonus tip, old pictures may be delicate so when storing them, separate each photo using acid-free paper to avoid discoloration. This will also prevent the photos from sticking to each other.

Display them in stylish frames.

Pick out you most loved photographs and put them out there for everyone to see. Group three or five of them together on a table, mix in a few decor items of your choice for an instant photo vignette.

Use color-coded albums.

For a more traditional approach, color-code your album by year. Highlight your favorite photos and make them look more put-together by attaching vintage-style photo clips which are available at scrapbooking stores and sections.

File and Save.

You don't need a special software for this. Simply create folders and sub-folders with proper labels in this order: User (if it's a shared computer), Date, and Event/Occasion.

Prepare a backup storage.

To make the photos more accessible and safe, back them up in an external hard drive or burn them in CDs. Use an acid-free marker to avoid damaging the CDs.

Consider digital photo frames.

Now that you've uploaded all your photos, don't just dump them in your computer. Digital photo frames are a great way to display those photos. Organize your chosen photos in a flash drive, plug the flash drive, and see a seamless display of your photos.


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