How to keep your photos safe; useful tips on backing to the cloudJuly 28, 2014

The average person uses 70% of their computer and smartphone memory for photographs. Most computers have folders within folders within more folders of only photos. Keeping digital photographs safe is a common problem most people face as it is usually backed up on multiple hard drives. However, moving forward more and more people are storing their photographs safely and securely on cloud servers. There are those that are still skeptical about this and do not fully understand what cloud storage actually means. But all external hard drives fail eventually and you will lose your data. We’ve put together a few tips on backing up your memories to the cloud.

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Choose wisely when selecting a cloud server

There are many options to choose from when selecting a safe place to store your photos. Tons of free options exist but cannot always be trusted to keep your data safe. After doing some research we have found that Dropbox is a great cloud storage service. It’ll put an extra icon on your computer where you can drag and drop your files into for backing up. Everything you put into your Dropbox folder gets automatically uploaded into a cloud backup on Dropbox’s servers. It’s all synced in real time so anything you add or delete in the folder gets updated on the Dropbox server as well. You can also download the app onto your smartphone to access your photos from anywhere at any time. Dropbox also allows you to share folders with others; making it the perfect tool for photographers who want to share photos with their clients.

When it comes to paid cloud services Amazon Cloud Drive and Box are worth looking at. Box has an unlimited storage plan and has recently announced that it is offering businesses Office 365 integration to unlimited plan customers.

Know your rights

If there’s one thing to remember about online photo sharing and storage, it’s this: the services and options change very quickly so do their terms and conditions. It can be extremely confusing but you need to familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions and make sure you understand how the service works.

Meta data

Remember, Meta data is very important to photographers. It is recommended to embed your details, including a link to your portfolio, into the meta-data of all images you upload into the cloud, in case of a security breach.

Size does matter

Not all storage options are free and the ones that are, offer limited amount of space. If you have tons of photos and cannot spare deleting any then you only have two options. You could either upgrade your account by purchasing more space or you could resize your photos. Because let’s face it, having multiple cloud servers and having your pictures all over the place is not ideal.

Remember not everything lasts forever. Printed out photo’s will eventually fade but storing your photos on the cloud will definitely last much longer than on a hard drive or in a dusty old album.

  1. The post might be a year old but….still a very insightful article! Thank you for the professional tips.

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    Yours in Photography
    Louis J Schoeman

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