You have these digital tools from cellphones to ipads and cameras. You have taken so many photos, however they slow down your equipments, but you want to take even more photos. At some point you need to start exporting all those fab moments and save them. How would you go about backing up? And once you backup, delete from you camera, cellphone and ipad.
Here is great instructions how to export them to your PC:
However, we don't leave our photos and videos on our PC. We highly recommend having at home or your office at least two external hard drives. One would be for archival and the second one backup copy of the archival. We leave some that we would need to access often, however the originals are already backed up, in case the PC crashes, which has happened often. Lucine doesn't believe in storing all photos online. Just some, but not all of them. That's a personal choice.
Here is how Lucine backs up all her photos:
At the end of each month, she backs up her digital camera's content. Getting back to backing up at the end of the month, the main folder that hold all the photos have it filed by year. Within each year, we go by month. As she has several digital cameras, they generate a number and within each month they get added.
As she doesn't take as much photos with her cellphone or tablet PC, those get backed up less often. Besides, she ties them to her google account and they are automatically backed up online to a private folder. Those get downloaded directly from tablet to external hard drive to the corresponding year, then month infrequently.
The backing up is extremely important. Few years back we were at a 4th of July gathering. Somehow, Lucine's camera went missing. To her, the most important point is having all the photos saved. Luckily, before the visit to their friend's house, she HAD backed up all the June photos! That was great consolation to her. She just lost some of the group photos of that day.
After having all your photos backed up and archived in both external drives, you might like to start a 3rd 1T hard drive a copy of all your digital photos you like to work with. In the 3rd backup drive, she creates a folder entitled: "Photos by Subject" - here you would have variety of folders:
other topics get added as needed
As to the archival backup, one should get stored outside the residence or office. However it's important to back up at the end of the month. Yes, it's a lot of work, however you don't want to lose all your precious irreplaceable photo memories. The 2nd backup is ok to keep at home. The 3rd backup is the one you can actively use to do variety of manipulations. In future blog post we'll explore will explore all the fun things you could do with your photos.
Even with all those variety of online cloud photo storage options, we highly recommend having your own at least 1T external hard drive. Why 1T storage, because these are archival and you need ample room for expansion. You would need to add all the photos that need digitizing to be added to the collection. That's what we just did with the thousands of photos we had before digital cameras.
Let's hear your ideas and tips. How to you save and store your digital photos? Are all your paper photos digitized already?