When you’re editing photos you will have a lot to think about in terms of what improvements you want to make, and how you want to make them. However other areas can affect your ability to edit your photos as well – in more ways than one.
That is why it can help to use three simple rules that will allow you to edit your photos much more safely, and more effectively too:
Set up an organizational structure and stick with it
All the photos that you are going to edit, are in the middle of editing and are done editing should be organized into folders and with proper file names. While you are free to use any type of organizational structure you prefer, the goal should be to make it easy for you to find a particular photo as and when you need to.
If you follow this rule, you’ll be able to store your photos more safely and reduce the risk that any will be accidentally deleted. On top of that because you’ll be able to find the photos that you need more quickly, you’ll waste less time when you edit your photos as well.
Preserve the original files
Although editing your photos can help you to improve them, the highest quality version of your photos will technically always be the original. For example, you can enhance the photo quality using Movavi Photo Editor and the steps at https://www.movavi.com/support/how-to/photo-enhancer.html to look better than the original, but it may have unintended consequences as well.
That is why it is important that you preserve the original files, and store them safely in your organizational structure.
From time to time the original files may come in handy. For example, you if you accidentally save changes on the photo that you’re working on that you aren’t happy with, you can revert to the original. Or if you decide you want to edit the photo in a completely different way, you can start from scratch using it.
Back up everything – frequently
All your photos should be properly backed up on a regular basis. The most popular way to do that is with the 3-2-1 backup rule that requires 3 total copies of data, 2 of which are stored on different media, and 1 of which is on cloud storage.
Admittedly there are other options that you can use, but at the end of the day, your goal should be to ensure your photos are kept safe. With proper backups, you won’t run the risk of losing photos permanently due to accidental deletion, hard drive failure, or other issue.
Now that you understand the rules and what they can do – try to start implementing them as you edit your photos. The sooner you start to get into the habit of using these rules, the safer your photos and will and the more effectively you’ll be able to edit them. In the long term, it is vital that you stick to the rules, and try not to overlook them.