Photos are a particularly precious resource. They capture a particular moment in time, immortalizing a fleeting instant on film or, in modern times, as data.
Or at least they would be immortalized if it wasn’t for the ever-present threat of losing photos.
If you’ve ever lost photos of precious moments, you know the special kind of heartbreak it can be. To make sure that you never have to suffer that kind of loss again, here are some key tips for safeguarding your photos for years to come.
1. Back-Up, Back-Up, and Back-Up
The name of the game here is backing up photos.
Too often, we’ll be diligent about backing up the data on our computers, but let photos sit on our phone’s camera roll for weeks or months at a time. All it takes is for that phone to get lost, stolen, or broken to lose those photos forever.
There are a variety of options for backing up your photos, and it’s usually best to use several of them. Particularly when it comes to photos you can’t stand to lose.
The following sections will look at some of the best ways to accomplish this.
2. Keep Copies on Physical Media
In the days of film, there was no cloud storage. Photographers only had their prints and the original camera negatives. If anything happened to those, it would be like the photos never existed.
So to protect them, they would usually store them in fireproof safes or in bank deposit boxes. And the idea now is much as it was then.
Storing photos on physical media, like discs, flash drives, or external drives, gives you a tangible resource that you can fall back on. For extra security, storing them somewhere, like a bank deposit box, can give you an extra level of protection should your home or business be subject to fire, flooding, or the like.
3. Sync Your Device to the Cloud
Storing media on physical formats is great, but it’s far from foolproof. Discs can become damaged or lost, and hard drives can fail or become corrupted. Hence, why you want to have multiple storage resources at your disposal.
Cloud storage has become the standard for that end. By synching your phone up to a service like Google Photos, you can set your device to automatically back your photos up to the cloud.
The only drawback here is the cost of storage. Some services will give you a few GBs of storage for free, but maintaining an extensive backup on the cloud will cost you.
4. Print Them
It may seem like an unwieldy process, but if you have photos that you cannot stand to lose, making physical prints is one way to preserve them.
While it’s not practical to maintain an archive of thousands of prints, keeping physical copies of especially important ones not only gives you a lovely display piece, but it gives you a last-ditch resource that you can re-digitize if needed.
Never Suffer Lost Photos Again
Our photos are records of who we are and where we’ve been. Whether they’re last year’s vacation pics or digitized versions of old albums, they tell a story.
That’s why lost photos are so tragic. And often, once they’re gone, they’re gone. So be sure to take these tips to heart to protect those memories for yourself and future generations to enjoy.
Your photos, however, aren’t the only assets you have that could be at risk. To make sure you’re safe and secure on all fronts, be sure to keep up with all of our latest tech tips and news.