Organizing your personal images!

At the studio, we organize our images by year, month, and then client name.  Having this type of heirarchy allows us to easily find client images.  At home, I use a similar method so that I can easily find birthday, christmas, and other images because I know the month and year when these activities took place.  This also works for vacations, school activities and all because I can work out the year and month these activities happen.  For me, just having a folder “Florida vacation” or “Christmas 2015” amongst many other folder names makes it hard to find images quickly.  Services such as Google, however, will organize these files for you by month and year if your camera is set with the correct date!  Google can even find your images by facial recognition – amazing!  Check that out here: https://www.google.com/photos/about/

BACK EVERYTHING UP!

Most importantly, once you find an organizing system that works well for you, make sure you are saving your images in a couple places. Backing up your images on the memory card is not a good idea.  SD (or memory) cards are temporary memory devices and they corrupt all the time.  It’s important to get your images off of the memory card and onto a permanent storage solution such as your computer or an external hard drive.  At the studio, we back every image up to TWO hard drives and a cloud storage system.  External hard drives, like any other computer, fail.  These do not last forever and actually have a shelf life of only 4 or 5 years.  They only have a one year warranty too, but the warranty won’t help you if the drive fails.  The studio has had many drives fail over the years.  We just plug them in and nothing happens.  Before we began cloud storage we would have to recover these drives at a cost of over $2,000 per drive.  When your personal images are on the line, you will likely choose to recover a dead drive at a high price.  That makes the cost of cloud storage a bargain.  We would recommend you store your images locally (on your computer or an external hard drive) for easy access and then set up an automatic back-up to a cloud.

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PRINT THEM!

Believe it or not, a digital image is far more fragile than a printed image.  Properly stored, a printed image will last far longer than a piece of data that can easily be corrupted or lost by failed or out-of-date computer hardware.  As said by Vint Cerf, the “father of the internet” and Google Vice-President “Our life, our memories, our most cherished family photographs increasingly exist as bits of information – on our hard drives or in “the cloud”. But as technology moves on, they risk being lost in the wake of an accelerating digital revolution.”  Pick your favorite images from your camera once a month and print them out!  Services such as Shutterfly and Mpix.com offer affordable solutions for printing 4×6 prints for personal use.  Get easy to use drop-in albums to put the prints in each month so you aren’t worried about the extra time it takes to scrapbook them.  Make it easy and you’ll keep up with it.  Now you’ll be able to sit down with your family to enjoy these memories often (which is far easier than crowding around a computer screen!)

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