Your digital camera and photographs need great care if you want them to last forever.
I’m sure everyone wants to have memories that date back to several years back in their photo albums, or memories of someone who has passed on.
Well it’s possible; you just have to follow the easy steps.
After taking your photos, do not keep them in your memory card for long. Download your photographs on to your personal computer with the USB cable that usually comes with the camera.
If your cable is not part of the package you can purchase one in any gadget or camera store. You never know when someone is going to grab the camera from your purse or from your locker.
Then what? Camera gone and so is every memory you so hold dear. OR you may borrow it to a friend and she mistakenly deletes your memory! They will all be lost with just the press of a button.
When you download your photos create your own photo studio. File them either according to dates or events. That way you have an organized system for viewing your photographs.
If you scatter your photos around, it will be both time and energy wasting to go through the whole jumble. Separate your best moments from your not so best moments.
Keep backup of all your photos. Has it ever occurred to you that your hard drive may be wiped out completely, all of a sudden when you forget to update your anti virus?
And then what? Or your computer may just crush while your friend has borrowed it. These things happen. So keep your photos on compact discs or DVDs. Label all your discs the same way you labeled your entire picture files on the computer.
Refrain from deleting any pictures from your camera. You may end up deleting the wrong one or all of them just by pressing the wrong button. Keep all the photos. Whether you think they are bad or good.
Five years down the line you won’t regret keeping the one you thought was ugly. Each photo always has a story to tell when you look at it, even the worst photos. Keep this in mind.
Do not edit any of your original photos. You can save the original first and then start editing.
You need to keep track of your good and bad photographs so you will know where and how to improve in the near future. If you prefer the edited version then keep it, but rather keep both photos than delete the original.
“Stop wasting your money on film. IT is the medium that is going to be obsolete. Soon there will no reason to shoot film, other than ignorance or hobby.”
You have not traveled very far in the world. More people on Earth have no computer than those who do, likewise for cameras of any kind. Travel across central Africa or Asia. The average citizen could never afford a digital camera – let alone a computer to view photos. Film will be around, although most likely in a very sub-professional way for a very long time.
However, that said, digital media is the best way to store files. They can be reproduced over and over with no loss of data. Film ages, faded and can become damaged quite easily.
As far as not being able to read files.. how many of you can read paper keypunch cards or 1″ Magnetic tape that I used when I was in high school? That was only 35 years ago. I am not saying we stored JPEGS on keypunch cards, but that was how we stored data back then, and that had been the main method of data storage for the 30 years before. The point is you never know where technology will take us, and CDROMS, camera memory cards, and thumb drives can be just as obsolete in 50 to 100 years.
There are negatives lying around since the late 1800’s. They can still be used to reproduce the image. Will CDD/DVD be readable in 2130? Who knows. The point here is you not know what will be readable and not in 100 years. 200 years.
Today I would store on DVD’s and store them in HARD cases and label them well. At some point in the future, when a better storage system become available then someone will have to make copies onto the newer medium. That will be the only way to preserve our treasures for generations to come.