storing your photos

Discussion in 'Photo Editing' started by Adria 5, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. Adria 5

    Adria 5 Read Only Funster

    Jul 23, 2007
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    hi how do you store your photos do you .. keep them on your harddrive on your pc/laptop. or a external hard drive / zip drive. / or do you put them on cdr discs . or do you print them all off?..

    I was thinking the other day when i was tidying a cupboard how nice it is to come across
    old photos off yourself and family years past !! it brings your memorys flooding back:wub::Wink:
    but with digital all you get is a disc or h/drive stick not the same has finding the envolope from boots with the pictures and negatives in !!!
    With digitel you select the best to be printed also, has to not waste your ink in your printer:RollEyes: so some pictures will be lost to some degree!

    just a thought !!! progress:Frown:

  2. johnsandywhite

    johnsandywhite Read Only Funster

    Jul 29, 2007
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    :Cool: Yep. All three. Sandy likes CD's so she can look at then anytime on here portable DVD/TV. :Wink:
  3. fordy

    fordy Deleted User

    Hi all Ange got one of the digital photo frames that you put all your photos on a mem chip and it plays them round and round, a good bit of kit as she has scanned loads of old pic that never came out from a bag in the loft. i think its a 2gig card and she has around 200 pics on it at the moment, and room for a lot more i think this is the best thing i have Seen to keep your pics on and get to see them then the Cd's can be put away for safe keeping ..

  4. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Jul 19, 2007
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    English in West Wales
    Talking from experience .......Do not rely on any one backup because whatever media you use it will fail eventually Hard disks, CD's and Dvds all have a limited lifespan.

    I keep my photos on a two external hard disks, I save the photos to one of them and the system backs up regularly with an image file of the whole disk to the second disk. Extra disks are fast, reliable and the cheapest cost per megabyte of storage. I also keep the photos on DVDs. Buying the very best quality DVDs that I can afford.

    You are right there is nothing quite like a shoe box full of old photos to get the memories flooding back. I use index prints (contact sheets) for this, automated by photoshop. About 20 thumbnail pictures on an A4 page, and although small they do jog the memory and are great for finding old photos.
  5. camcondor

    camcondor Read Only Funster

    Jul 27, 2007
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    East Midlands
    If you have absolutely loads of images, as my partner has, then investing in a good Digital Asset Management program is a really good means that you can set up a cataloguing system and find your images when you need them, which is important for commercial / fine art photographers, but for enthusiatic family / amateur photographers, can be equally important as the numbers of pics mount up....

    I'd second Jimjams disk image idea as well - we have a Firewire setup with 4 x 300GB disks to do that at present. Burn some to DVD if required (her files are huge - sometimes around 100MB or more).

    RAID Arrays are quite cheap and easy to set up now, and well worth it to preserve precious, non-replaceable pics. Of course, you could also make use of off-site storage just in case your computer is swiped or involved in a fire :Frown: It happens - look no further than Sammclouis :Frown:

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  6. Munchie

    Munchie Funster Life Member

    Jul 28, 2007
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    I use a 300 gb Seagate external drive. I always create folders for my photos aptly named so I can locate a shot when needed. :BigGrin:
  7. GeraldandAnnie

    GeraldandAnnie Read Only Funster

    Aug 6, 2007
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    Essex coast
    Absolutely. I have mine stored on our 'main' computer, and then archived to a USB hard disk, and also archived to a DVD which is kept off-site. AND then I upload some to a Photobucket account, which mean I can access then from websites and weblogs. Photos are so precious!
  8. RockieRV

    RockieRV Deleted User

    Thanks Laurie!:Smile:

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