Too Many Photos? How To Organize Your Files Like a Pro



A photo is like a time capsule, a single moment frozen for us to look at over and over. With photos we can illustrate concepts, teach valuable lessons, show off the newest members of our families to people who have not met them yet and look back on our childhoods. Photos can stir up emotions, tug at our heartstrings and convey messages in ways that words alone cannot. Photos are powerful things, so stuffing them into shoeboxes or uploading them onto a digital platform is not the best way to enjoy them. 


Your photos are precious, so take the time to ensure that you can really enjoy them. This may sound like a daunting task - you probably feel like you have too many photos to organize, and wouldn’t even know where to start. You want to display your memories proudly, but there just isn’t enough space, and the whole prospect has just become overwhelming. Never fear! We are here to help. By the time you have finished reading this, you will know several ways to better organize your pictures as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each method. 
 

Photo Albums 
 

The most classic way to organize your pictures is in a photo album. These books can be picked up at most retail stores, and depending on the quality you want, they can be relatively cheap. However, photo albums have some severe disadvantages. Over time, the sticky back of the album pages can damage or stain the back of your pictures. Sometimes these stains even come through on the actual picture itself. Furthermore, that same adhesive sometimes breaks down, causing pictures to fall out or slip around in their pockets. It is quite possible to lose a picture from a photo album, and as albums get older it becomes more common for photos to fall out when you pick up the album, due to the failure of this adhesive. It can be quite difficult to find the exact picture you are looking for in a photo album, especially if it is a large one. Most of these albums do not feature contents pages. Therefore, to find any picture you must give all of the pages at least a cursory glance, just to locate the one you are looking for. It is for these reasons and more that photo albums may not the best way to organize your precious photo collection. 
 

Online Image Hosting 
 

A more modern approach to organizing your pictures is the use of free image hosting sites. These sites can create online albums of your pictures, which can be a space-saver in your home. You can also add caption text, create slide shows and much more. These online photo albums can be shared with friends or co-workers, giving them a glimpse into your life. However, as with classic photo albums there are several disadvantages to using one of these sites. To use one of these photo sites, you need a password. If you forget your password and then lose access to your email, you are locked away from your own pictures and may not be able to get them back. Those pictures may be lost to the depth of the Internet forever. Another problem with image hosting sites is the possibility of site crashes and data loss. If the site were to go down, your pictures would go with it. Data could be lost. Your whole album could be gone in the blink of an eye and you would be helpless to stop it. All of your precious memories would disappear, leaving you with nothing. Although these kinds of albums can be great for sharing with friends and family, there’s really nothing like pulling out an album and sitting with your friends, going through old memories. These special moments take place with a real, tangible photo book. 


Online Photo Books 
 

The disadvantages of the organizational methods we have discussed might seem daunting. You may be wondering if there is truly no great way to organize your pictures. Perhaps you are feeling that you would be better off putting your photos in a shoe box. If so, do not fret. There is a better way. Online photo books are the best of both worlds. They marry the flexibility of free image hosting with the classic elegance of the best quality photo albums. 
 

What is an Online Photo Album? 
 

In brief, an online photo album is a customizable photo book. You start your design online by making a few simple choices. When you have gotten everything to your exact specifications, you may submit your order and your photo book will be printed and bound. However, not all online photo album makers are created equal. Some simply do not have a good enough eye for detail. They may print your book using substandard papers or bind it with materials that will eventually fail, while still charging you the same price as a high-end photo album. 
 

The Best Online Photo Album Maker 
 

As a consumer, there is just one choice if you want to make a photo album online - a company which has been in the business of publishing books for twenty years…MILK Books. It is the labor of love of Geoff Blackwell, who has published several best-selling books of his own. It is the belief of the team at MILK Books that photos should be appreciated, not just left to decay in a box or disappear on the Cloud. We also believe that the world moves so fast that moments should be treasured, not just by you but by your family for generations to come. To that end, MILK Books uses the absolute best bindings, cover materials and papers, all guaranteed to be archival quality products. We are so sure of the quality of our personal photo albums that we guarantee they will last one hundred years. This is the reason you should trust MILK Books with the photos that really matter. 





How Do I Make A MILK Books Custom Photo Album? 
 

Working with MILK Books is super easy - your imagination is the limit! The site is also very user-friendly. This means you will not get tripped up and find yourself wondering just where to go. MILK Books is the best online photo album maker. To start your custom photo book, the first question you need to ask yourself is, “What kind of book am I making?” 
MILK Books has a wide range of albums. Some allow you to add additional pages on top of the album’s default base number of pages. Some do not. If you go for an album which allows the addition of extra pages, they will be added in groups of two. The cost of the additional pages is then calculated and added to the base price of the book. If you have a lot of pictures, for example a family album, you will need a large book. The largest of MILK Books’ album offerings can hold up to four hundred pages. That is plenty of room for many, many pictures. 
 

Choose Your Materials 
 

Now is the time to choose the materials that will be used in your album. MILK Books has a wide range of paper and cover choices. The papers are all guaranteed to be acid-free and are certified by the National Forestry Council, meaning they are guaranteed to come from sustainable sources. Because the papers are acid-free, they are guaranteed not to yellow or crumble over time. 
MILK Books’ cover options are also acid-free. They are made of linen, bukram or webilin. These three materials were chosen for aesthetic beauty, professional appearance, and fade resistance. These are covers that will last for generations. 
If you want something a bit more high-end than the linen covers, some albums have leather as a cover option. That is right. You can have your own personalized leather photo albums. 
 



Bindings 
 

Every MILK Books personalized photo album is bound with great care and center-stitched. We have been doing this for twenty years. This means we have had time to try out every binding out there, and now we are passing that experience on to you. MILK Books bindings are guaranteed not to break, and pages will not come loose. 
There are even two bindings to choose from. The classic binding is just what it sounds like. There is a gutter down the middle of your photo book. You will need to remember that there is a gutter when designing your album. 
The other type of binding is the lay-flat binding. This special feature makes your pictures come to life. The lay-flat binding allows the book to be opened flat, with no gutter between the pages. If you choose this kind of binding, you can put pictures on the back of one page and the front of the other without interruptions. Your friends will finally be able to look at the big picture in a two-page spread. 
 

The Fun Part! 
 

Now that you have picked your paper, binding style and cover, it is time to have some fun. Upload the pictures you want to include on each page of your album. Crop them to the desired size and decide the placement. Once you have that done, you can add text that will make your pictures pop. Feel free to annotate where that picture of Uncle George was taken, for example. Your grandchildren will want to know fun facts about the pictures they are looking at, and so will you. 
Do not worry about mistakes. This is only a virtual design of a page. If something does not look right, or if you are unhappy, simply fix your mistake or start over. Once your page is as you want it, you can submit it to the site and start on another. When all your pages are created, and are exactly as you want them, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Using our customized raised-ink process, MILK Books can add personalized cover or spine text to your new book. 
 

What Happens After I Place My Order? 
 

After you have ordered your photo album online, the MILK Books team gets to work. We meticulously print the pages you have designed, using our patented six-color printing process. This assures that your pictures will be as bright and vibrant as possible. Most online photo album makers only use four colors. We here at MILK Books believe that life does not come in four colors, so our pictures should not either. 
After your pages are printed, we center-stitch and bind them together in the manner you chose with our guaranteed archival-quality materials and the cover you picked. We pay meticulous attention to details in this step, making sure your family album is a book that you can be proud of. 
Finally, we add the finishing touches. If you have chosen personalized spine or cover text, we add that now, using our special raised-ink application. When the cover text is done, we send the book off to you. From creation till arrival, it takes about four to six weeks for one photo album to be completed. 


Digital Albums 
 

If you want your friends or family to see the book before it reaches you, MILK Books has you covered. We offer Online Photo Books, which is the digital version of your photo book. Feel free to show this to friends and family until the real, printed book is in your hands. 




Get Organized Today! 
 

Organizing your pictures can be hard. There are so many ways to do it that the whole process can seem quite overwhelming. 
Classic photo albums and free image hosting both have their advantages and disadvantages. However, MILK Books is the best way to organize a lot of pictures and make it look professional. On top of that, the process is really simple: choose the cover, binding and paper that matches the look and feel you desire. Upload and design your pages, and then let us do the rest. You will have a beautiful, high-quality photo book before you know it - an album fit for your coffee table, that will last for generations to come. 
It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. We here at MILK Books agree whole-heartedly with this philosophy. That is why we give you the customized photo book you desire, printed with six colors instead of the standard four. We want your photo book to look as true to life as possible. We want your MILK Books’ album to bring you joy now and for years to come.