We shot on the iPhone has many advantages, but security, unfortunately, is not one of them. Unlike traditional printed photos, digital images can forever be lost due to some kind of glitch or ridiculous accident. Below you will learn about five ways to help you protect yourself from such troubles.
Photo storage in various libraries:
The latest versions of with iPhoto and Aperture not only have a common library format, but also make it easy to switch between different libraries. The essence of this method is to store old and unused photos in a separate library on an external drive and, if necessary, simply select it when starting Aperture or iPhoto.
To do this, hold the ⌥ key during startup or use the File ▸ Change Media Library menu .
This method is advantageous to use if you have network storage for backups or a large external drive. In addition to backup copying and security, thanks to separate storage, you get another plus – saving disk space.
Merge the photo archive into the cloud :
If you do not need to explain the benefits of backups and you have been doing them for a long time, then using cloud storage to backup your photos will be a great way to configure and forget. There are a huge number of services offering quite impressive volumes for free. The most popular of them (Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Yandex.Disk, and of course iCloud) have mobile iOS applications that can be configured to automatically copy photos from your Camera Roll to the cloud.
It all depends on your personal preferences, as well as how much you photograph, since with large volumes you will most likely have to buy more space in the cloud for money. You can choose iCloud , but it’s up to you.
Using Photo Services as Storage :
Many mobile photographers have already appreciated the benefits of photo services such as Picturelife, Adobe Revel and ThisLife, which allow you to keep all your photos on hand without taking up free space on your device. They have applications for both iOS and Android, as well as for Mac and PC. Using these services, you get an additional level of security, as well as tools for organizing and editing photos that are available to you at any time, regardless of the device or browser that you are currently using.
This method is convenient enough, but do not forget the old saying that you should not store all the eggs in one basket. It’s good if your photos will be additionally backed up one more way.
Print them (just in case) :
This will sound trite, but why not? I’m not talking about printing thousands of your digital photos, spending a lot of money on it and not sparing nature. Each of us has memorable photos that we would like to keep for a long time and be able to admire them even when your iPhone is low or there is no internet connection.
Nowadays, printing photos is not so expensive, and if you select all the memorable moments and order printing immediately, it will turn out even cheaper. At the same time, this will be a good reason to clean up your media library and make out the rubble.
Backups, backups and backups again :
And last but not least, backups. The convenience of digital photos is that you can view them directly on your devices without having to print, and many of us have thousands of photos on hard drives, of which not a single one was printed. Imagine that something happens with this single copy, a disk breakdown, computer loss, any damage – in this case, it will not work to restore your photos. Therefore, it would be wise to have at least one backup of your photos.
It is best if your copy is stored in the cloud, remote network attached storage, or at least on a separate external drive that you do not use permanently. We talked about backups in detail in a separate article , so you can get detailed information from it.