It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions. For those of you who are always meaning to make and share pictures and video, but never quite get around to it, here are 6 quick tips to help you keep your media organized and sharable through the next year.
1. Always Have a Camera With You
The first step to preserving memories is having the ability to record them. Whether it’s the camera on your cell phone or a stand-alone camera or camcorder, be sure to keep it with you. You never know what you might see.
2. Get Organized
A little organization now will save you time and heartache later. Make a folder on your computer and call it something like My Videos & Photos. Then, make a folder in that folder and call it 2013. Be sure to store the photos and videos you make in their respective folders, so they’re easy to find. Remember move the photos and videos you make with your phone, onto your computer. This not only frees up space on your phone, it helps you find your files when you need them.
3. It’s Okay to Be Selective
Not every photo or video is worth saving… especially if you’ve shot 200 photos of exactly the same thing. Weed out the under-exposed, out-of-focus, generally bad photos and videos that you know you’ll never use and only keep your favorites.
4. Back It Up
If you haven’t already done so, buy a reliable external hard drive and backup your computer on a regular basis. Be sure to store the hard drive in a safe place. Today’s hard drives are pretty affordable and you’ll thank yourself if something ever happens to your computer.
5. Share Many Small “Video Projects” (Not One Big One)
The secret to making “sharable” photo and video projects is to keep them short and interesting. While it may seem like a good idea to turn your entire life’s worth of photos and videos into one giant “life-long movie,” no one (except the very polite) will sit through it if it’s more than three minutes long. Think about your photos and videos as little “segments of your life” and edit them accordingly. A baby walks. A friend blows out the candles on the birthday cake. You go on a road trip. Each of these videos should be short, with several interesting pictures and videos edited into it.
6. Get Creative
Select a fitting musical score for your project and place your pictures and movies on top of it. WeVideo has some easy-to-apply themes that will add pre-selected music and effects to your video projects, or you can upload your own. Remember, your final video project should be interesting and enjoyable to the people you’re sharing it with. Don’t be afraid to get creative.