Erika Thornes does not recommend using social media for storing photos. Facebook compresses files to a very small size. A 4x6 inch print can be printed from Facebook. Four inches by six inch print from Facebook is better than nothing, but it should not be used as a primary source of storing photos. Instagram is great for sharing photos but Instagram is not good for printing. Instagram is not photo storage. Flickr works for storing photos but has changing terms of service.
- [Voiceover] Social media, minimum is better than nothing.…Yes, yes, social media is storage but it's not ideal.…Facebook heavily compresses our files…even if we submit an already resized…to their specifications image,…they're going to shrink it down even more.…But there is some good news.…We can print files from Facebook,…it's about a 4x6 inch file…and it'll look a little pixelated and digital…but it's still available.…
However, we're going to run into trouble…as soon as we try and enlarge it larger than 4x6.…It will become a pixelated file…and it won't look good on our wall.…How do we avoid this pixelization?…Guess what?…Remember that Favorites folder…we need to grab our files from there, we can do it.…When we grab those files…that we've saved on our computer in full resolution…and upload those to the Print Shop…we're going to end up with a gorgeous photo.…Yay, we did it.…
Oh, Instagram, I love Instagram.…Instagram is an awesome service…and it's fun to look through.…However, it saves the photos…at half the resolution Facebook does.…
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