Where are your images??

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With the recent hurricanes in the US it reminded me that most of us live somewhere that could be hit by a natural or human caused disaster. Many of us  have 1000s, and 10s of thousands of images,  what happens if…??

Personally I store mine on two 5 terabyte portable drives as well as in two cloud backup systems. My two portable drives can be ripped off the computer pretty quickly if I have to leave the house because of a more local disaster, such as a flood or fire.
But there may not be time in a more general disaster, for here, earthquake or something with no real warning. This is why I back up consistently with a off site backup company. I use a company called Carbonate that constantly backup files as they change. I’m not necessarily recommending this company but something like it that backup with no real interaction from you after it’s set up.

Anyway, something to think of, there are many cloud based backups and file storage out there, maybe just

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save your RAW files, or Finished files. You can also spread your files around a lot of companies offer free 5gb or more storage. Microsoft, Apple and some computer manufactures offer some space for free, as well as cloud based storage company like Drop Box.  For finished files you can always use Flickr as a storage site, and not share any of them.

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Bill

Image Creator, specializing in unique limited series images for Interior Designers and Decorators
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3 thoughts on “Where are your images??”

  1. Good question, article and tips, Bill.

    I have images all over the place except in the clouds!

    Some of my earliest images are on film negatives. CDs hold my early digital photographs. An external hard drive and a few flash drives hold more recent images. My most recent images, however, are still stored on my laptop.

    I’m a little negligent on transferring images to the external hard drive or flash drives (which is the safest and most practical storage for me at this time).

    But I have experienced the “What if” scenario before. I found that I had more important issues to deal with than grieving lost images, heirlooms and career tools.

    That’s not to say that I don’t still miss those early photographs whose negatives I don’t have. It just says that my priorities in life changed. I survived the losses and started creating new images, many of which are more creative and more important than the ones I lost.

    1. Thanks for the thoughtful reply. My series image creating doesn’t go back very far. Did a lot of iPhone, and point and shot shots while I was still working, and started into digital video when I owned a magazine, but as I retired, I started getting series about creating images. So all my work is digital, although I did play around with film back when I was a kid, as my dad use to be a photographer early in his career. But seeing all my stuff is digital it’s pretty easy to move around. At first it was all in just one big folder on the desktop hard drive, then I started having trouble finding stuff. One of the reasons I started with LR is it’s organizational qualities, then started using Bridge as well. So I have one server just for photos which I periodically dump files on it from my externals, then let that system back up to the cloud. A lot of my custom images take hours to process I don’t want t loose the steps in between. Could I survive a loss of all of them, of course. I too have things that have been handed down and wish to keep and would hate to loose, but with the cloud backups I really don’t have to worry about the images. Anyway, thanks for the reply.

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