You probably grabbed your smartphone or point and click camera to take some memorable pictures to keep, to create those amazing memories.
These moments of life are precious, something to keep for posterity, treasures to look back on in years to come; so what do you do with them?
Well, judging by the number cries for help on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, too many people never bother to do anything beyond leaving these irreplaceable images on the phone or stored on the SD card in the camera.
All those treasured moments and sentimental occasions could be lost forever, if your phone or card is lost, damaged, stolen or corrupted.
Someone I know, just had one 64 Gb SD memory card, which they used in their camera to record important business images; they never uploaded them to a computer, so when the card suddenly stopped working it was a disaster. They were stuck, there was no copy, no back up, so when the card was corrupted the only way to get access to the pictures was by employing an expensive recovery company, and even then only some of the images could be recovered.
As a professional photographer, I have to ensure all my images are securely and safely stored, not only for my own credibility, but in the case of some of my work, because of client confidentiality, so it really surprises me when I hear stories of enthusiasts and amateurs who store their images on camera cards, instead of uploading them to a computer hard-drive or to a cloud facility, like Flickr or Dropbox .
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, is an old fashioned proverb, but it stands good for the digital age too.
Always make sure you upload your precious photos and videos to somewhere safe, with a backup and check that the backup works.
If the picture’s worth taking, please keep it safe and don’t end up putting impassioned pleas on Facebook and Twitter like this poor person:
“…Lost an old black Samsung phone at boot-sale this morning, broken screen really not worth anything, but full of very sentimental pictures from Xmas and daughter being born…”
Professionally, I always use small capacity camera storage cards, rather than those with massive space, that way you’re less likely to lose everything.
When I use my smartphone to take pictures and these are usually the sentimentally important ones, they always automatically upload to Dropbox, a great solution if you need to be sure that your images are safe from harm.
Your pictures are tomorrow’s memories, look after them.