Most of the time you will be given your images on a digital format. It may be on CD, usb key or download. Yet, if you don’t take a minimum care it is easy to loose all of your digital archive. Computer crashes, loss, theft, fire, earthquake. Danger is out there and it wants to take your pictures away. Therefore you have to take the necessary step to protect you. Here is how to raise the odds in your favor.

The first thing you want to do is download your images into your computer. Check the files to see if they display fine and if there is no error.

The best archive strategy : Back it up 3 times.

Redundancy is the name of the game in order to ensure your images will last forever. All the material I read on the subject all state the same thing : you have to make various back up on different medium.

In addition, you should also give one of those backup to a relative or friend so if the integrity of your house is compromised your files exist somewhere else.

-External hard drive.
-Dedicated usb key
-Writable CD/DVD
-Cloud storage
-Facebook
-Flickr/500px
And finally : printing

Printing is like heaven for photographs.

A printed a photograph is an object hence it is something tangible. It does not need screen or electricity or battery.. It can fit on your wall and light a room with a nice memory or it can fit a pocket and be held by your heart. As a result prints go through time much better than digital files. We share and enjoy them. We loose and find them and cherish them through the ages.
Have you ever found an old photograph and rejoiced at its existence while going though the memories? It’s a glorious moment for sure and screens don’t have the same feel and the same ability to pass through times

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