Do you really need to backup your pictures? The simple answer is YES! I’m hoping to explain why backing up your pictures is so important. Before I bought my first digital camera did I ever worry about backing up my photos? Of course not…I printed all of them and kept the negatives and that was my backup…no need to worry. The thought never went through my mind !
But now, that I have a digital camera and I have accumulated literally tens of thousands of pictures I do have to think about a backup copy (at least one) of all my pictures. Even though I do print my favorite pictures on a regular basis I still need to back everything up…why? Because I only print maybe 10% of the pictures I take. So what about the rest? And the videos…my family, my daughter, my hiking trips, all the landscapes and the good times…what happens if my hard disk fails? They’re all gone! So, I have to think about backing up my pictures. There are simply too many to print and too many to lose.
I believe anyone with a digital camera has to have a backup plan with at least another copy of all the pictures and videos. So, for the next few weeks I’ll be writing about efficient ways to backup up your pictures and hopefully some simple ways by which you can do this operation yourself.
Simple but strong reasons why I backup my pictures:
- I only print about 5-10% of my digital pictures
- I had to replace my main hard drive twice in the last 7 years due to hardware failure – hard drives DO crash! Very good thing I had a backup copy of all my pictures.
- I had to reformat my main hard drive at least once in the last 4 years due to software failure.
- I did have one total computer crash in the last 7 years – motherboard died completely
- I have accumulated over 30,000 pictures over the last 7 years – LOTS of memories to protect.
Additional resources for backing up your digital pictures
Essentials for organizing your digital photosOver the years I have come to rely on only a few products for managing and backing up my large media collection. These are my essential products and services I have been using for many years to keep things organized and safe. Even though these are affiliate links, I wholeheartedly recommend them.
I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC via the annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Lightroom has excellent photo editing capabilities. Yes, Lightroom has a steeper learning curve as you have to learn to keep your catalogs in sync with your hard drive. However, Adobe Lightroom makes most sense especially when you do lots of image editing.
If you don't like the subscription, you can get also download the last standalone Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac or Windows (while it is still available). However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.
Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you're looking for a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac or ACDSee Pro for Windows is my preferred solution for organizing your media on your computer. It has a very fast browser, beautiful image editing capabilities and you don't work with catalogs at all.
In addition, make sure you have an inexpensive and reliable external hard drive for backing everything up. It is absolutely essential for backing up your media regularly.
If you're looking for a reliable unlimited cloud backup service, I recommend Backblaze Cloud Backup. I have used Backblaze for my online backup for more than 3 years now. All my files are safe and secure and I have never had any problems with them.