J. DAWG JOURNEYS: What To Do With All Those Travel Photos

What To Do With All Those Travel Photos

You’ve probably got thousands of them stored on your computer, just sitting there, filed away.  They’re your travel photos and the images contain your fun moments, great experiences, and good memories.  They show much of your living history.

Your parents probably used to paste them into albums or had slides made and showed them on special occasions.  I used to do that up until about 15 years ago when digital photography made things so much easier.  And now with technology, there’s so much more you can do with your photographs. So, in this post I’ll share some of the things I do with my travel photos. The links are there to show the products I use, not to try and sell anything.

1. Organize Them
I organize the photos into file folders set up on my desktop computer at home.  When I travel, I offload pictures everyday onto my laptop (and backup the laptop) but then transfer them to my desktop when I get home.  I created a file structure that has them organized by year and by trip. Within a trip folder, I have them organized by state or major attraction (e.g. national park name).  I also created folders for people, landscapes, objects, and animals.  I store copies of my best photos in these folders.  I also just started using Photoshop and have begun tagging photos and organizing within the Photoshop Organizer to make it easier to search the photos.

2. Back Them Up
I back up my picture folders onto a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB Portable Hard Drive.  I have two of these drives and use one for when I travel and one for my desktop at home.  I also upload some to Google Drive, which creates another copy.

3. Share Them
I use Google Drive for my cloud storage and as the main way for sharing my photos.  I’m a Google guy and have accounts for Gmail, Calendar, Youtube, Google+, and Blogger all under Google.  For me, it was so much easier just to use the Drive service under my existing Google account.  Its free for the first 15GB of storage and then I’ll pay $9.99 for 1TB of storage.  I have the Google Drive app on my Android smartphone and tablet so I’ve got access to my photos from anywhere to show people.  Its also easy to post a link (J. Dawg Photos) to my photos so I can share them easily by sending the link in an email or posting the link on sites like Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.  I like the quality of how my photos are stored on Drive and prefer using Drive versus uploading them to Facebook.  There are other services such as Flickr, Dropbox, and iCloud that do the same thing as Drive.

4. Make Them Better
I just started using Photoshop to improve and organize my photos.  Its called post processing and its a whole new photography skillset to learn.  I use Photoshop Elements, which is intended for amateur photographers and is less expensive than the full Photoshop Creative Cloud version that the pros use.  I’m amazed at what you can do with this software.  You can edit the photo, change the size, enhance the color, remove unwanted objects, remove shadows, and even whiten a persons teeth.  It can’t make a bad photo good, but it can make a good or great photo even better.  Here’s a sample of a picture before and after enhancing with Photoshop.

Original photo
Enhanced photo

The software is pretty sophisticated so I bought this Photoshop Elements 12 book to help me learn how to use all the features.

5. Use Them
I use some of my favorite photos as a screen saver slide show on my PC’s and tablet.  It lets me enjoy them while I’m using these devices.  I get prints of some photos to display around my house.  I like seeing the photos displayed to remind me of the places I’ve been.  I also sometimes make a slide show of pictures with my video editing software (Power Director) or with Photoshop and can upload these to Youtube.  I especially like making a photo album book on each trip I take.  I use Snapfish.  It lets me upload my pictures, customize the style of the book and paper theme, select the page layouts, and position the photos within the book.  I can make a book with up to 150 pages. Snapfish can also make calendars and greeting cards from my photos along with regular photo prints.  There are other companies like Shutterfly and Walmart offer similar services.

There’s a lot you can do with your photos.


This is a well written article about what and how to work with all those great photos you have on your computer, so take a look and let this be your guide to having even better photos


About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on October 1, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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