the awesome thing about apple's photostream + icloud is that every single photo i take with my iphone automagically appears on my computer.
and the absolutely overwhelming thing about apple's photostream + icloud is that EVERY.SINGLE.PHOTO. i take with my iphone appears on my computer.
i love that i can capture moments on the go, and i love that they beam to my laptop, where i can add them to lightroom and print them for projects with very little fuss. but for every photo that i'm so glad to have there are many more that were accidental photos of the inside of my pocket or the floor. there are the blurry messes. there are the screenshots of this or that grabbed to text to someone. and while i'm good about deleting those off my phone, those photos also beam to the laptop, where they sit. in a big folder with thousands of other photos from my phone. it's a bit of a hot mess, really.
when i download photos from my camera, i import them via lightroom, and they all go into folders by month. i debated moving my phone pics into those folders, but decided that i really do want to keep them separate. i don't put all of my phone pics into lightroom - just the ones i want to print - and i have found that one of the longest parts of my printing for PL process was finding the right week's photos so i could choose which ones i wanted to use.
yesterday, i sat down and started sorting my photostream out into weekly folders. my goal is to filter through them as they are added to the photostream, and determine what should go into the weekly folder and what needs to be deleted. this also gives me a good way to do a photo check during the week and see if i need to be more snap happy (or more likely, determine which of the bigs has been hiding from my camera ;)).
when i sit down to print, i can open up the weekly folder and import anything i want to use to lightroom. my photos are sorted in lightroom by date, so they'll mix in with photos from my camera and i'll have an easy overview of what i want to print for the week. and i'm *really* hoping this will streamline that part of the process for me, because let's be honest - it's way less fun than the playing with paper part. will it work? i'll keep you updated. =)