We’re drowning in digital photos.
They’re on our desktops, laptops, pen drives and SD cards, smartphones and iPads, the cloud (in some cases, multiple clouds) and spaces we’ve probably long forgotten.
The thought of so many images of family, friends and important occasions stored in so many different locations gives me a lot of unnecessary anxiety.
We created this problem with the help of easy-to-use technology.
After all, it didn’t used to be this easy to get so many good pictures.
As a teenager, I would snap a roll of film on a 35 mm camera, drive the roll to our local Fotomat to be developed, and wait a few days for the prints. I was lucky if half the prints were good enough to keep in a scrapbook.
The rest were tossed in a garbage can.
Now we take a dozen images of the same subject in the same setting with our phones, pick the best image, share it immediately on our social profiles, and move the rest to our digital garbage cans.
If you have a smartphone, take a look at how many you have stored.
Read more at https://www.vindy.com/life/lifestyles/2020/03/organize-your-digital-images-in-fewer-places/ (may encounter paywall).
Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt is special assistant to the provost and professor of communication in the department of communication at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, USA where he also directs the graduate program in professional communication. He researches and writes on a variety of topics including communication technologies, relationships, and sports (with an emphasis on fandom). His work has appeared in Mahoning Matters as well as The Vindicator and Tribune-Chronicle newspapers.