Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Deciding photos to archive , part of Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos.
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Every now and then the question comes up: which images should I back up?…Should I back up my entire library?…Should I only back up the shots that have a certain rating; 3 stars or more?…What approach do you recommend?…My answer has changed over the years.…Back when hard drives were more expensive, I think people thought more about…which image is to back up, because space was more limited.…But now, the price for saving our images has really dropped, and we recommend that…you save everything. Save everything that isn't some sort of obvious horrible…picture, and you probably deleted that on the camera anyway after you took it.…
So save everything, and a reason for that is that images that you value right…now, that you give a higher rating to, probably has more to do with the creative…side of the image. You think it's pretty to look at.…But there's another aspect to photos that are important also, and that's what…I call point in time, or record. And sometimes a photo that seems very mundane…right now, 20 years from now could become very important, because it's a historical record.…
The course concludes with a look at aspects of a good backup and archival strategy, ranging from the best file format for long-term backup to the best hardware options for offline storage.
- Removing pictures from a card
- Transferring photos to a Windows or Mac computer
- Transferring images with Lightoom, Aperture or iPhoto
- Assigning ratings to photos and flagging favorites
- Filtering photos
- Choosing file formats
- Backing up to the cloud
- Working with multiple hard drives
- Recovering from backups