I usually carry my camera with me wherever I go.
It is my visual assistant, my organizer and my memory.
I can’t stress enough the importance of organizing your photos. Otherwise it’s like throwing thousands of photos into a big cardboard box and rummaging through it every time you need to find one.
I take lots of pictures of my paintings in every stage and I try to tag them all. I use iPhoto which lets me assign subject headings or tags to all my photos. You could also drag the photos into folders with headings such as “painting”,”painting tutorials”, “acrylics”, “sold”, “available” etc.
I’m rather lax with tagging most of my other photos, but it’s important for me to be able to find my painting images when I need to.
7 reasons to tag photos of art-in-process:
- At day’s end I can see my studio progress and make notes about how to proceed
- I can see if I have improved the painting or made it worse by comparing it to past versions (which can be a tad depressing at times, but always a learning experience!
- Because I tag all of my photos [e.g.” Name of specific show”] I can find the entire body of work for any specific show. That is very helpful for identifying the show’s strengths, gaps, and overall theme.
- I can maintain an inventory of all my paintings.
- Easily put together a slide-show to share what I’ve learned ( tip: tag progress paintings”painting tutorial”)
- When a potential venue or a collector asks for a list of paintings for sale, I can put together a quick list of “Available” or “Recent paintings”.
- I can track my own artistic progress and development.
4 ways I use my photos online :
- to create painting and printmaking tutorials and upload to youtube or vimeo
- to upload images to blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram
- to create greeting cards – I use Moo.com because I can create 25 different cards/images per order
- to create graphics – to promote exhibitions. Canva.com is my favourite drag and drop design app for this.
Here is an image for a postcard that I created using Canva.com
There’s no perfect method for organizing photos. I’m curious about your favorite tool or method. Please share that with me in the comments section below.