It was hard enough to cull through pictures after a trip, when it was just my pictures. But now, we often travel with other families, each with one or more cameras clicking away. A simple weekend trip can generate 500 or more photos. A nice week’s vacation can generate thousands. Making sense of all those photos can be a real bear when we get home.
But here’s a tip that helps a lot: Be sure that all your cameras are set to the same time of day!
For this purpose, it doesn’t really matter if the time zone matches your actual location. So even if we’ll be time-zone hopping, we just leave our cameras set to the correct time back home. We get the payoff so long as we have SYNCHRONIZED clocks. And by “synchronized” I just mean “within a minute or two of each other.” There’s usually no need to synch down to the second, which is good, because it can be a pain to achieve with several cameras.
Here’s the almost-magical payoff: if we put all the files together in the same folder, and then SORT by DATE CREATED, then all the files will fall into chronological order, regardless of which camera they came from!
I can blast through the photos in less than halfthe time, by not worrying about whether this one came before that one, and oh wait, here’s a bunch that happened a few days earlier, and so on. Instead, I can focus on the editing task: ranking photos using my software, deleting the terrible shots, and then running through them again until I’ve got what I need for my book.
If you need help learning how to set the time on your camera, please just call or email, we’re happy to help.