In the past few years all most ALL photographs that we take are with a smart phone or a digital camera. So, how do you keep these pictures safe?
1. Have A Process
Lets say you just took 100 pictures at a high school graduation. What's your plan to keep those pictures protected? Develop a process to keep track of your images as soon as they are taken, when they are transferred to a computer, and when they're backed up. For me, I sync my iPhone every couple of days, the Time Machine backs up my pictures externally then I upload all of my pictures to either SugarSync or ZipCloud.
2. Copy Images Off Your Camera/Cards
Some people lose pictures by forgetting where they are stored. Once you shoot for a day (or whatever interval fits your lifestyle) copy the images to your computer. Delete images on the card and let the computer and online backup software keep the files safe. By taking the time to transferring then deleting images off of your card you to reuse without worry of overwriting old pictures.
3. Set Smart Phone To Copy Images To Computer Or Cloud
How does your smart phone protects your images? For iPhone you can sync with iCloud/iTunes and with Android you can use Google Drive. Both of these apps sync the photos with any device connected to the cloud. Phone apps like SugarSync and IDriveSync let you upload photos from within the app itself, making an instant backup.
4. Keep Images Organized
Keep all of your photos in one folder. Organize this folder by subject, date, location, event, etc… Whatever method works best for you. Now when you backup your images, you only have to select one folder to protect all of your images. Plus, you will know exactly where all of the images are.
5. Backup Images To The Cloud
Like previously mentioned. You will want to keep files with a cloud syncing or online backup service. Cloud syncing makes it easy to access files from anywhere using any device (SugarSync for example). Online backup takes all of your stored data and backs it up securely (Better for large amounts of pictures. IDrive for example).
6. Keep A Second Copy
External hard drives are great for this. Make sure you have a program that will automatically back up your photos to an external hard drive. This allows for easy retrieval should you need them. By adding an external hard drive you now have 2 copies, 1 copy on your personal computer and one copy on the external hard drive.
With your photos backed up in 3 places (Your main computer, the external hard drive, and the cloud) you can rest assured that you will never loose your pictures.