The following was originally created by T&YC Interest forum members Linda Robinson, Sue Griebling and Bonnie Blagojevic a couple of years ago. Please feel free to add/edit as needed:

Digital photography workflow considerations

Taking photos:
• Know your camera- review the manual to learn about how your camera works, practice using it, and look for tips to taking good photos to help improve photo quality online or in books or magazines.
• Plan ahead- what kinds of photos do you want or need? (The beauty and danger of digital photography is that you can take LOTS of photos that you will need to deal with later!)

Downloading photos:
• Always create a file to download your pictures in. Name the file so that it relates to the photos you are downloading. Then download your photos to this file
• The easiest to use photo management applications (Kodak, iPhoto, and Picasa) are automatically launched when a camera is connected to the computer and turned on
• After downloading images to the computer, immediately delete photos that you do not want to use. Then turn off the camera to save your battery.
• Photo management software can help get images organized and more easily accessible for use later on.
o Adobe Photo Elements -
o Picasa -
o Kodak EasyShare—(free download and works with all cameras and platforms)
o iPhoto—part of the Macintosh system software applications
o online photo editing options
• Shutterfly¬—
• Snapfish—
• Consider adding “keywords” or “tags” to identify photos, and/or sorting them into albums for ease of use later on, based on your photo management plan.
• You will want to rename your photos with a descriptive name. The camera assigns a number to each photo, but they are very difficult to find that way.

Backing up photos: in case of computer failure
• Burn a CD or DVD
• Attach an external hard drive
• Use a zip drive
• Free online locations such as Snapfish, Kodak, & Shutterfly

Using photos in projects:
• Photo management software will allow you to create slide shows, cards, calendars, etc.
• In Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) go to Insert to Picture to File. Find the photo you want and click Insert

Printing Photos
• Use an online printing service like Easy Share, Winkflash,, Snapfish, Walgreens, etc.
o Upload your photos
o Order your prints
o Prints arrive in the mail in about a week, or with some companies such as Walmart and Walgreens you can pick them up at a store near you.
• Print your photos at a print kiosk
o Some stores have printing kiosks where you can edit and print your photos yourself
• Print your photos at home
o Use good quality photo paper