I think we can all agree that we have photos all over the place. I have three cameras – my phone, a small point and shoot and a DSLR for when I’m feeling fancy. I recently talked with someone who told me that she has kept every mobile phone she’s ever had because of the photos on them. She even keeps them charged so she can browse when she wishes. I’m sure some of you can relate to this, however these situations lead to having photos on memory cards, on phones and who knows where else!
If you were to do just one thing to protect your memories, I suggest you consider compiling all your images into one place and I think finding a cloud storage solution that you love is really the best way to go. Some things to consider when looking for such a solution:
- Is there an app that can automatically sync your mobile pictures to the cloud storage?
- Is it easy to get your other media (memory cards or from folders on your computer) into that same place? Maybe there’s a desktop version for your computer?
- What guarantee does the provider offer, if any? Keep in mind that online storage is very safe but you will want to feel confident that the choice you make will be one that will be around for a long, long time.
- How much does this cost? Is the cost one-time or monthly?
There are two such solutions that I think work really well within the above questions.
- Dropbox. They offer an initial amount of storage for free, and it costs $99 per year to upgrade to more space. They also have a monthly plan. One of the things that I really love is their phone app! I have it set to automatically sync my mobile phone pictures when I’m connected to my computer through wifi. I also use their desktop version – I have a folder that I can open whether online or not and see what’s in there from the last time of syncing. I can add or remove from the folder(s)as I wish. This is a great starter solution and is so widely used that I feel confident that they will be around for a long time. I will say that the only downside for me is that they are really meant to be a ‘for business’ application and for general file sharing. Photo Management is not their primary mission.
- Forever Permanent Storage. They offer up to 3GB of storage free and have a variety of plans when it’s time to upgrade. They, too, have an app that helps you sync your mobile phones into your account. They built a platform specifically for photo management and for your short and/or long-term storage solutions. They have robust features that allow you to organize, edit, share and create projects with your photos right from your account. The biggest drawback I see right now is that I have to be online to upload photos from memory cards or from my computer, but that’s going to see improvements soon! They also have a compelling guarantee to protect your memories long after your death. They may be lesser known, but I love that their solution is built around keeping photos in just one place.
Keep in mind that this collection of your photos in one place is different than making sure you have a backup (that’s a whole other blog post). What I’m suggesting is that you have one location, easily accessible for all your photos and that location will also become a part of your overall backup plan. This becomes the single place you go to for scrapbooking or posting to Facebook or for anything photo related.
When are you going to ensure that your photos are all in one place? Comment below and let’s keep each other accountable.
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