Day 13: 31 Day Photo Decluttering Challenge | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 13: 31 Day Photo Decluttering Challenge

Friday, October 13, 2017

Day 13: 31 Day Photo Decluttering Challenge

Got a lot of photos? Do you want to be able to enjoy your pictures instead of having to search and search to find your favourites? Does the thought of tackling your photo collection seem so overwhelming that you keep putting it off? Me too!

That's why this month I'm hosting the 31 Day Photo Decluttering Challenge! Each day I'll share tips to help you declutter your photo collection so you can really treasure and enjoy all the best ones. And I'll share my progress as I declutter my photos along with you :)

Today's tip is to declutter photos with poor exposure.

Today's Photo Decluttering Tip - Declutter Photos with Poor Exposure

As I was decluttering some of my photo albums the last few days I came across several grouping of pictures that were very dark. They were mainly indoor pictures taken at a distance (talent shows, awards presentations, assemblies, etc.) so the flash either didn't work, wasn't used, or was too far away from the subjects in the pictures to make a difference. I could sort of see the people in the pictures if I looked closely, but they were very poor quality.

The same thing happens with pictures that are very bright. Sometimes it's from a flash and sometimes it's from sunlight. I think newer cameras can adjust for the incoming light better than older cameras could, so it's not as big a problem now as it was previously. But when the pictures are over exposed it's too hard to see the people or places in them.

If you can't clearly and easily see the people or places in your pictures then they don't really convey the memories you intended. You can try to use photo editing software to adjust the brightness, but that sometimes decreases the quality of the photo, so it still doesn't help you enjoy those memories. So, unless the picture is very unique (i.e. you don't have any other similar pictures that will convey the same feelings or memories), consider letting go of your poor-exposure photos.

My Photo Decluttering Progress

Another old photo album decluttered today! I decluttered 56 photos plus the album itself. That represented about 59% of the photos in that album, bringing my overall percentage of decluttered photos from albums up to 53%.

I only have a few more old albums to go through and then I'll switch gears to digital pictures. It feels so great to be tossing these albums!

Your Turn!

Today your task is to find the over exposed or under exposed pictures in your collection and consider decluttering them. If you're really attached to a particular photo, see if you can adjust it enough with photo editing software without losing any further quality of the picture.

If you'd like more decluttering ideas, you can check out my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board on Pinterest.

How are you doing in the 31 Day Photo Decluttering Challenge so far? How do you think today's tip will help you? How many over exposed or under exposed pictures do you have? What photos are you decluttering today?

Happy decluttering and organizing!

Here are the rest of the posts in this challenge: