Erika Thornes suggests tips, including writing your name and contact info on your memory card so your camera and memories can be found if lost. Label all devices that have files on them. Devise a system to find photos and images on your hard drives. Erika Thornes says photos hide on your desktop, downloads folder. They can be in multiple user names, and multiple locations. Look in apps and applications like Apple's Aperture. Make sure you can locate your files and locate your photos.
- [Voiceover] In the digital age, we seem to have…a sheer quantity of images we never had before.…They're stored on multiple devices, they're kept online…in various places, and they're kept in various apps.…We have photos that are stored on multiple devices.…Sometimes they're on old computers because we haven't made…the transition to when we buy a new computer, to move…the files over.…Just 'cause we're a little excited about the new machine…and just, it's a chore.…We also have thumb drives and memory cards, and thumb drives…are often given to us by friends or family with…the intention that we will have the photos to add…to our family story.…
But yet, they sit on the thumb drive and aren't integrated…into our system.…Because maybe we don't have room on our hard drive,…or maybe we don't get around to it.…Or we view them, or we take them for printing,…and we just haven't brought them into…our traditional structure.…We also have multiple devices.…Like I have my desktop at home, and my work laptop,…and then my kids run around with a tablet taking photos.…
Backup is important, but it's not enough. Using keywords and other organizational features is also important—but also not enough. A complete, long-term photo archiving strategy involves multiple techniques: identifying those shots you want to preserve for generations, and then taking the steps necessary to make that happen. In this course, photographer and family historian Erika Thornes outlines a roadmap for storing, sharing, and archiving your family's story through pictures. From culling and keywording, to backing up and producing archival prints and photo books, Erika details the steps that will make your collection of digital images accessible now and in the future.
- Getting organizing
- Culling the best images
- Saving two local copies of each photo
- Storing photos on the cloud
- Posting photos to social media
- Printing photos
- Accessing archived images easily