It's a concern that lingers in the mind of just about every digital photographer: "How do I preserve my digital images and make them accessible while doing so?"
If you've had those thoughts, then help is available now. My latest LinkedIn Learning/lynda.com title, Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos is a complete course that shows you a variety of options and techniques to take control of protecting your image collection.
Here's an introduction to the course that will give you a feel for its approach.
As your photo library grows, it becomes more important to back up your work. In this course, I teach the concepts and techniques behind efficient photo management for the long haul. First, I compare a few selected photo storage philosophies and techniques. I then show you how to create an ultralight backup system for travel, also back up photos stored on a laptop (or desktop), and finally, review archiving strategies for storing photos for decades.
Here are just a few of the talking points that I cover in the training.
- Creating an ultralight backup system for travel.
- Sending images from cameras to mobile devices.
- Internal vs. external hard drives (both have their roles).
- Organizing photos in managed vs. referenced catalogs vs. Finder-based.
- Re-archiving images from older hard drives (do this before they fail!).
- Integrating cloud services into your overall strategy.
- Including a few tips you might not have considered, such as making archival prints of your best images.
You can start fine-tuning your workflow today by watching Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos on LinkedIn Learning and on lynda.com. It's a great way to begin the process of protecting your digital media for years to come.
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