Great big, beautiful box to store your photos

The tool for photo organization I’m loving lately is the LegacyBox™  from Linea.

LegacyBox™ by Linea holds 2,400 photos.

This box is beautiful, nice enough to leave on a bookshelf in the family room if you want easy access to your photos, big enough to hold up to 2,400 photos of up to 5-by-7 inches. Everything about it is heavy-duty. I weighed it without photos, and it’s 5 pounds — no risk of being crushed here. Even the dividers are heavy-weight — and there are 54 of them to cover every photo theme.

Nine pouches, including the oversize one in back.

Accordion envelope.

It’s flexible, too. See that back pouch? It holds strange items like panoramic prints and ribbons up to 14.75 inches wide and 5 inches tall. All of the pouches are removable. And it comes with an accordion envelope for 8-by-10s (even 11-by-13!), diplomas and certificates — the envelope fits right in the Simply Secure Lid.

Made in the United States and available from members of the Association of Personal Photo Organizers like me, it’s $54.99 plus shipping. I can have one shipped right to your door.

Want a chance to win one? Appo is giving away a LegacyBox™ to one of its blog readers! Simply leave a comment at the blog here about how you are storing your printed photos (or why you need one of these boxes!) and you will be entered automatically!  Do it quick — the winner will be announced Thursday, Aug. 16 on the Facebook page. While you’re there, subscribe to the Appo blog for more great photo organization ideas.

I resolve to do something with my photos

Five New Year’s resolutions for making the most of your photos:

  1. Set the time and date on your digital camera:  This information becomes part of every photo you take. If you do nothing else, having the right time and date on your digital images will help you organize them, if not by subject, at least by chronology. I checked my camera, and it was set for April 10, 2043; no wonder I can’t find what I want when I sort by date. If you have no idea how to do this on your camera, type “set date on [your camera model]” into Google and you’ll probably be able to find the owner’s manual online.
  2. Vow to dump bad photos immediately: Delete blurry, dark, poorly composed photos of people with their mouths open, eyes closed and backs turned immediately. Don’t take up one byte of space with these images. Failing that, delete bad photos when you save them to your computer or storage device. Failing that, delete three bad photos a day from your computer. By the end of the year, you’ll have 1,000 fewer images to store and sort through.
  3. Back up, back up, back up: Cameras get lost and hard drives crash. A back-up ensures you won’t lose your photos, too. Back up digital photos at least three ways. Print images, store copies on a hard drive (check out www.picturekeeper.com) or gold DVD and invest in cloud storage (Linea offers Pentagon-like security in the cloud for just $99 a year).
  4. Create at least one photo display: Make a calendar, create an album, assemble a wall montage or make and share a movie or slide show with your photos. You took them for a reason. Enjoy them!
  5. Get help if you need a jolt: A personal photo organizer is like a personal trainer for your photos. If you want to pare down your collection, bulk up your technical skills or strengthen your creativity, a photo organizer can help you with one session or ongoing assistance. Find one near you at www.appo.org.

Happy new year!

Organizing your photos: There’s an app for that

Tap, swipe and share your way to organized photos in 2012 with the new Linea app for iPad and iPhone.

Linea is easy to use, improves your viewing experience and allows you share high-quality images securely.

And best of all, you can try it for free.

Say you’re taking pictures at your holiday gathering. And so is your sister. And your mother. And your nephew on his new iPhone.

Download the app from the App Store for your Apple device or go to www.getlinea.com on your PC. Create a “line” and upload your photos, then invite your sister, your mom and your nephew by email address. They can add their digital photos to the line and comments to all of the photos. Just the act of creating and naming a line imposes a sense of organization on your photo collection.

Unlike Facebook, which provides easy photo sharing, you can compile all your photos with your sister’s, your mom’s and your nephew’s, all in one place. And Linea doesn’t compress your photos — these images remain at the same quality as you loaded them. And you don’t have to worry if you’re sloppy with your “friending” habits or about hackers (do you hear me, Mark Zuckerberg?) — the only people who see these photos are the ones you invite to the line.

The app improves the view of your photos, even on an iPhone. Remember wallet photos? I’m amazed nowadays when people talk about their kids or their dogs and say, “You want to see a picture?” as they whip out their cell phone — the way they used to pull out a wallet — with a teeny, tiny image on it. Linea makes sharing digital photos that way much more satisfying.

I’ve created a line of images from my personal blog at Minnesota Transplant, and if you want to be invited to it, send your email address to monica.lee@appo.org. (Don’t forget to download the Linea app first.)

For consumers of a certain age, be like Alka-Selzter: Try it, you’ll like it.