I seems I have read several places that many people are reverting back to printing and putting them into albums as a way to back up their photographs. Reminds me of a relative that I have, who happens to have over 200 photo albums....but that's beside the point. I you have a few minutes we can walk through a few key points on why I am going back to printing as another form of back-up.
- How many of you have an old MySpace account? Ha! Me too. I had to move mountains to remember my old password. When I finally did there were photos on there that I had I completely forgot about. Or, we can talk about the canister film, Polaroid's, MP3 players, Walkman's, or disposable cameras. At any rate, I think that we can all agree that technology changes everything almost overnight. I'm sure there are photos somewhere that I upload to some random website, that I may never see again. I will not even get into the troubles that are concerned with trying to find various passwords to access your content at any given time.
[I think it is safe to say that as much as we value technology, it does not return the favor]
- The famous external hard drive! But wait.. don't drop it, because its gone. Or get it wet. Personally, if I was going to put all of my photographs on a hard drive, I would be sure to back them up elsewhere. If you don't believe me, please refer to the previous point.
- A solid piece of mass creates a priceless memory. I have seen one photo and only one photo of my late grandfather. This is because it was printed and handed down through the years. Had it been on a phone or a tablet, I might never have seen it. Then on the back of the photo are the notes that surround the memory. Not typed, but in detailed written script of the events that were taking place. And always remember to include such marking on your photos. I can look back now and realized how sloppy my handwriting was, and can still get a good laugh from it.
-People change, and so do phones. Ten years from now when you hold the heart of someone who calls you grandmother, or grandfather, and those little ones come to visit; surely you will have the same phone right? Nothing brings me more joy than sitting down a flipping through and old photo album. I would much rather do that that to have everyone gather around a phone, or a tablet to remember all of the people and events that were part of your life. A photograph also evokes a sudden laughter, and tear, and even a not so distant memory.
Next time you are together with family and friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a birthday party dig out several of you photos albums, and let every have at it!
There are an endless ways to back up your priceless photos. I am choosing to print mine as well as back them up on various websites. I currently hold an account for numerous print sites, back up with CD and then print. Most sites give you ample storage, but I have chosen to use several.
List or sites - depending on your preference:
These are just a few, but for every photo I take, I print.