WRAP UP : Storing, Saving & Sharing Photography in the Digital Age

 

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Thanks to all of the participants at our Storing, Saving & Sharing event hosted by me, Zofia Crosby!
I have copied the info that I shared in your handouts below, and have added helpful links as well. Be sure to scroll through and find the right programs and devices for you. If you still have questions, I’m always happy to help, just send me an email : info@zofiaphoto.com

*SAVE AS YOU GO*

Instructions to automatically sync your camera photos:
Facebook, service canceled as of July 7th, 2016
Moments App
Dropbox – recommended
Microsoft OneDrive
Apple iCloud
Amazon Cloud Drive – free with Amazon Prime for personal use, 5gb free for all Amazon members

To automatically sync camera photos with Facebook, into a private album:
First, on your desktop, go to Settings and click Down a Copy of Your Facebook Data.

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Next, in your Facebook phone app, click on ‘More’ on the bottom right. Then click on Photos. Scroll to the left of the albums (Photos of You, Uploads, Albums, Synced) and click Synced. Next, just click on Sync Photos.

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To automatically sync camera photos with Dropbox (recommended):
Create a Dropbox account at www.dropbox.com. Free up to 2gb of space, or $9.99/month for 1tb (a lot!) of space.
Download the Dropbox app to your phone.
Got to Settings and turn on Camera Upload.

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Programs to automatically back up your hard drive:
CrashPlan
Back Blaze
Carbon Copy Cloner (for Mac)
Time Machine (for Mac)
Amazon Cloud Drive – free with Amazon Prime for personal use, 5gb free for all Amazon members
Carbonite

Always save your data in at least 2 places:
Locally on a USB Flash Drive or USB HARD DRIVE
and Online/cloud

Our favorite hard drives:
Lacie Porche Desktop drive or
Lacie Rugged portable drive
The bigger, the better, just be sure to BACK UP!

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Where to buy hard drives:
Lacie
Amazon
B&H

Keep copies of your local files off site, in case of fire/flood:
The office
A friend’s house, do a swap
Parent’s home
Off island

NEVER reformat a card before backing up images in 2 places.
NEVER delete photo photos before having a second copy.

Organize your photos on the computer by:
Date/Event
Example:
(year) 2015
(month) 2 February
(date and event) 2/14/15 Valentines Day
(date and event in the file name) 021415_Valentines-05.jpg

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Programs to rename your folders and files:
Mac:
iPhoto, and iPhoto directions
Batch Rename, included in Yosemite
Rename
Automator
Lynn App

PC:
Windows Live Photo Gallery and Picasa (instructions)

Cull your images!
Delete out of focus and redundant images.
Start from the end. The last photo you took in a set is usually the keeper.
Group your photos by what you want to post online, share with friends, print, put in a book, etc

Photo Software that allows you to view and cull images:
Mac:
iPhoto
Lynn App

PC:
Picasa
Windows Live Photo Gallery

If/when you accidentally delete images from your hard drive:
DON’T PANIC.
Try command z to undo your mistake.
In some programs, you may be able to go to File:Open Recent to see if you can reopen it.
Look in the trash. Never empty the trash before backing up files.
Do a computer search for the file/folder name.
*It’s on your second device!*
If all else fails :
Try a recovery software like Recuva for Windows or FileSavage for Mac.
Ship the drive to DriveSavers or OnTrack. (Pricey!! Don’t make this mistake!)

If your memory card won’t read:
DON’T PANIC.
Try a different port (where the cord goes into the computer), cord or card reader
Try directly importing from your camera, which most likely came with a usb cord
DO NOT SHOOT OVER THE CARD (this may damage the images already on it and prevent them from being rescued)
Try a memory card rescue program, some come with your cards such as Sandisk Rescue Pro
Only use reliable card brands (SandiskLexarKingstonTranscend) from reliable sellers

Print your photos:
Make yearbooks and vacation photo books, check out Blurb.com
Let your kids pick the images
Let your kids crop the images, ask them “where’s the story?”
Include photos of your kid’s art
Make a book for each kid
Use a good lab so the prints won’t fade.
We recommend mpix.com for prints and photo products
Use easy, simple templates – most companies have them ready for you
Give photos as gifts
Make photo cards for more than just Christmas
Don’t over edit!

Some fun photo apps for your phone:
VSCO
Snapseed
Squaready (to keep your images from cropping to a square on Instagram)
PicTapGo

Technology moves fast.
Back up online AND locally.
Always update your devices.
Print a lot.
Share.

Thank you! We have 2 events we’re planning in March. Watch our Facebook page and your email for those announcements!

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