Do you have lots of phone photos with snapshots of holidays, kids’ birthdays and more? SARAH and BO from Sort Your Photos (a sister company of Tekkie Help) share with us why the key to successful photo back-up is having the right technology, digital photo hub or other non-cloud storage option.
Why technology matters for your photo storage
The biggest problems people face when trying to organise and manage their photos is not having their tech set up properly. They may have photos scattered on different devices, no storage space left, or their cloud settings might be askew. Or they may not be using proper photo management software. The list goes on!
Love it or hate it, technology underpins any successful photo management strategy. So getting it right is the key to success. It’s therefore important to have a basic understanding of how all this technology works together – how devices synchronise, and the implications of using the cloud and deleting photos from certain devices.
This can be a challenge, however, especially with the speed with which technology is constantly evolving. If you’re unsure about how it all works, Sort Your Photos runs training workshops to bring you fully up to speed!
The right foundations for good photo back-up
When it comes to managing photos, it’s strongly recommended to create a digital photo hub – a central location to store all your photos in full-size resolution. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, especially when many newer computers usually come with small storage capacity SSDs (solid state hard drives).
There are two reasons why it’s so important to have a digital photo hub with all your phone photos in full original size. Firstly, having them all easily accessible in one place makes it seamless to access and enjoy them. Secondly, it makes it much easier to get a robust backup to protect all those precious memories.
So, what is needed? We recommend a computer with a large enough hard drive to store all your photos. Do a quick audit to get an idea of how much space is needed and how much space your computer has. Usually, a 1TB or 2TB hard drive is perfect.
Not enough space?
Don’t be tempted to move photos to external disks – this gets very messy when trying to access them and back them up, and it also limits the ability to enjoy them. Likewise, we advise against offloading them to the cloud or “optimising” their size on the computer hard drive as getting a secure backup is very difficult when they’re only in the cloud.
The best option is to invest in technology to ensure you have the right foundations in place to create a seamless photo management workflow. You could upgrade the hard drive of your existing computer (Tekkie Help can do this for you) or buy a new or a refurbished computer. There are other solutions to overcome lack of storage space too. However, the overall workflow will not be so seamless when it comes to taking photos, accessing them and backing them up.
Don’t cut corners!
While it can be tempting to save cash and work with old or inadequate technology, or buy a computer with lower specs, we encourage people to invest in their tech. Phone photos are precious things – irreplaceable, in fact. So it’s important to lay the right foundations to create a seamless photo management strategy.
At Sort Your Photos, we know exactly how to set everything up to ensure a seamless photo management strategy. That means all your images in one place, sorted and organised, free from clutter and duplicates, and most importantly safely backed up. Then the fun begins and you can finally start to enjoy the memories!
This article on digital phone photos and how to manage them first appeared in Expat Living August. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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