How to Safeguard Your Digital Photos

Photo of the eclipse over the beach in Waldport, where I live.

We met with some friends we already knew, and got to know some new ones this morning down at the beach.  One lovely lady, Anne, has a house with beachfront property and she invited us to join her for the event.  It was pretty foggy and at first when we donned our glasses most of us couldn’t make out the sun.  Gradually though the fog lifted, the sun came out and we were able to view the last half of the eclipse unhindered.

This is a highly enlarged photo
This shows the darkening landscape
This was in total eclipse. My flash came on which highlighted the forefront.

The pictures I took today can’t be replaced.  Sure there are better photos out there, millions taken today, but these are special to me.  I need to safeguard them.  If you haven’t done so you need to think about putting your photos in another place other than your computer.

  1. If you have an iPhone or iPad use the Apple Cloud but know this it is NOT failproof.  If you run out of space on the cloud they will begin deleting the older pictures to make room for the new ones.  If you have thousands of photos, like I do, buy extra storage from Apple.  If you have a Kindle, Amazon has a cloud as well.
  2. Think about a secondary website to store your photos.  I use Google Photos.  I’ve downloaded their app which uploads my pictures automatically from my computer and phone.  I also have auto upload to Dropbox, but here’s a tip about Dropbox.  If you delete a photo on your computer it is also deleted on Dropbox.  Also unless you manually upload the photos in files to Dropbox they use the storage on your computer.  That means your picture is being stored twice on your computer and photos use up a lot of space.  I still use them because they allow a huge amount of storage before charging.  I of course ran out and pay a small fee for additional space, but its worth it to me.  Theres also Flikr and Instagram.  I have them but tend to use Google the most.  I find Google the easiest to understand and navigate.
  3. SAVE YOUR PHOTOS TO AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE.  This is the most important point.  I have two back ups in different places, as does Bruce.  If there’s a fire grab the cat, the dog and the hard drive.  We like My Passport for Mac by WD.  Research the one you want to buy.  There are many youtube videos on how to use them.  I would buy the one with the most storage.  I think my newest has 1 TB.  I have one to back up my entire computer on and the other one is just for photos.

I lost my photos for an entire vacation we took 6 or 7 years ago when we motorcycled across Yellowstone with friends.  I had them saved to the Apple Cloud I thought.  When I started trying to find them I could’t.  I finally called Apple and was told they do eventually delete the old ones if you don’t have enough storage.  The tech told me to use an external hard drive.  It isn’t difficult to do, just a little intimidating at first if you aren’t a techie type person.

So ends my two day tutorial on managing your digital photos.  The best advice I can give anyone is delve in!  Don’t let intimidation stand in your way.  Try editing some photos.  If you don’t like the outcome you can revert them back to the originals.  You can also take a class.  Many colleges or adult ed classes are offered and there are many online classes.  But do back your photos up.  If you lose them they are gone forever and it is very upsetting.

I’m usually not wordy, but have been for these past two days.  I hope I’ve benefitted some of my few readers. There aren’t many of us but I appreciate you!  Any input you want to give I’d love to hear.  Just leave a comment on any post.  If you have some friends who are retired and would like to join our little group please pass the word.  I’m not doing this for the money, just doing it because I like to.

That’s What Friends Are For

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That’s what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

 Thank you Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick!  You’re a beautiful part of the memories of my youth.

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