I keep running into people who tell me about loving to take pictures of their family. It’s great, we all love our digital cameras. We can take lots of pictures of our loved ones. But most of those people who love to take pictures never think what might happen when all those pictures they have taken disapper? What happens when your computer crashes and all your pictures are gone? Do you have a plan? You should! Read this tutorial to find out how to set up a simple but efficient backup plan for your digital pictures.
Why do I need a backup my pictures?
Because you care about your pictures ! To be more exact, because you care about the people in the pictures and you care care about the moments and emotions those pictures bring back to your memory. The second reason, is because it is very probable that your computer will crash at some time when you least expect it. It has happened to me, but I’m glad I had a backup of all my pictures. I only setup the backup about a week before my computer crashed…I was so glad I did!
Articles in this tutorial
- 5 Reasons I backup my digital pictures – Why do you need to protect your pictures?
- 3 things you need for backing up your pictures – Simple explanation of things you need for backing up your pictures.
- Backup your pictures in 6 easy steps – Simple backup method using SyncBack Free software.
- Should you backup your computer in the cloud – Analysis of online backup with a recommendation.
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 However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.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.