If you’re like most digital camera owners, you take a lot of photos, and you may be planning to snap a few more this weekend. Wondering what to do with all those images? You can edit, share, print or even make unique gifts with your shots. And that’s just for starters. Whatever you’re looking to do, this short article will provide a few hints on how to manage all those images.
On supported camera models, you can begin organizing your images while they’re still on your xD card. Find the “Album” icon in your camera’s playback menu. From there, you can sort or group images on your xD card into an album, which will later be recognized by Olympus Master editing software.
There are many ways to organize your images outside of your camera. You can try using Olympus Master software, or a variety of other programs that help you organize your JPGs. Many programs, like Olympus Master, allow you to store and sort your pictures by date or keyword.
Lets face it – computers crash, hard drives die, and viruses or hardware failures can corrupt files. If you care about your photos, it’s vitally important to back them up.
- CDs or DVDs: Burning files to a CD or DVD is probably the most common and inexpensive method of storing digital images. But did you know you shouldn’t write on them with certain markers, or that the brand of media you choose may actually matter? Check out our previous topic on “Protecting your Images” for more helpful hints regarding image storage on CDs or DVDs.
- Backup Hard Drives: Depending on the extent of your overall storage needs, you might want to consider an external – or even portable – backup hard drive. Prices vary widely, but it’s possible to find a 160GB drive for well under $200. Many drives come with software that automatically synchronizes the data from your hard drive to the backup drive. If you have the Arcsoft Creative Pack 2, you can also use the included Arcosft TotalMedia Backup
For extra assurance that your images are safe, consider storing your CDs, DVDs, or backup drive at a friend or relative’s house. That way, if anything should ever happen to your home, your files will be safe.
- Digital photos don't have to stay digital: You can order prints from a local store’s digital print kiosk. Or, you can quickly and easily copy images to your computer and print them from your printer. If you have a PictBridge™-compatible printer, you can plug your camera directly into your printer and print from there.
- Custom Print: If you want to try a new printing trick, give Custom Print a try. Once you’ve plugged your camera into your printer, select Custom Print on the camera’s LCD screen. With this option, you can choose from a variety of printing options: printing albums, indexes of all the images on your xD card, borderless prints, and lots of other tricks, perfect for creating unique gifts. (Printing albums requires an Olympus camera that supports the Album function.) The Custom Print feature also lets you automatically date (or timestamp) your prints – a handy feature that saves you the time of labeling them by hand. To learn more about this and other printing options, read our printing tips page.
One of the best things about digital photography is the ease with which you can share what you’ve shot.
- Email: Using Olympus Master you can easily email resized versions of your photos, and send them as attachments, without changing the original file.
If you are using a Web-based client, simply resize the image (if needed) and send the file as an attachment to share with a friend. Either way, be aware of file sizes — large files can often be slow to upload or download. If your camera supports the “resize” function, you can resave your images, as a smaller file right in your camera, making them easier for emailing or posting on the Web. Otherwise, you can resize your photo in Olympus Master using the "Convert Format" function.
- Web: If you have friends or relatives in far-off places, consider using a photo-sharing site on the Web. These sites, which are operated by many of the larger companies found on the Web, allow you to upload your photos to an online album and then share the link to that album with your loved ones.
- Digital Photo Frames:
If you have tons of photos of that you want to share, consider a digital photo frame. Unlike a regular photo frame that can only display a single image, a digital frame displays multiple pictures on an LCD screen. Many display music or movie files as well. Look for a frame that supports xD media cards to ensure compatibility with the memory used in your camera.
- Turn Photos into Gifts: Why not celebrate that special person in your life by giving them a unique photo gift? Photos make great gifts, and many online photo printers or local photo specialty stores offer the ability to turn your images into mugs, calendars, blankets, posters and more.
With the Arcsoft Creative Pack 2, a special software bundle offered by Olympus, you can expand your image editing, printing and sharing capabilities. The ArcSoft Creative Pack 2 consists of four digital imaging programs — Scrapbook Creator, Print Creations Greeting Card, Funhouse and TotalMedia Backup — for just $29.99.
Find out more about the Arcsoft Creative Pack 2.