These days thanks to the rise of digital photography and the fact that we all carry good quality cameras with us at all times on our smartphones, people are taking more photos than ever before. The average person has literally thousands of photographs which are extremely important because they help to form part of our memories. But increasingly it’s becoming easier and easier than ever to lose them. A stolen smartphone or a misplaced memory card can mean the loss of terabytes of pictures in one fell swoop.
Because of this it’s important to think about how and where you store your photos and what the best method is for you. The main thing to do is to ensure that you backup your photos using more than one method so that if one fails you still have a second, and ideally a third copy. Here are the top options for how best to store your digital photographs.
The cloud is a wonderful advancement when it comes to backing up your digital photos. Essentially you store all of your pictures on a company’s servers rather than your own, but you can still access them whenever you want to. Many services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive offer free storage up to a certain amount of memory then you pay for the more storage you use after that allowance. A top trick is to set automatic backups to occur whenever you’re on WiFi meaning you won’t ever have to worry about forgetting to do it.
Pros: Quick, convenient, easy to access and you can set photos to automatically upload.
Cons: Can be costly, susceptible to hacking or data loss.
External hard drives are little memory boxes that can store a huge amount of data and should be one of the main things you use to backup your photos. Get yourself a terabyte or so of storage and unless you’re an unbelievably prolific photographer you’ll struggle to fill it. While you can use stick drives as well, they store less and you’ll need more, plus they’re easily lost or broken as they’re not as large or solid as an external hard drive.
Pros: Solid and reliable, easy to use and take up relatively small amount of space.
Cons: You need to manually upload photos to them, they can be lost or damaged.
Social media sites can be a useful way of backing up images, but this is really going to be a last resort measure rather than a primary method. The reason for this is that they store relatively poor quality versions of your photographs, so when you download them they will be far lower grade.
Pros: Quick and easy to upload images, virtually unlimited storage for free.
Cons: Poor quality copies.
Custom Canvas Art
There’s absolutely no point in photos if all you’re going to do is store them, so don’t forget that the real reason for taking photos is to get some enjoyment out of them. Why not take the opportunity while you’re assessing your storage options to pick out a selection of your best images and get them turned into some custom canvas art? All you need to do is upload them to the Artzee Designs website and we’ll do the rest.