Digital Photography Storage – How to Tips for safe storage

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Any of the following Digital Photography storage options will help you to safely store and catalog your photographs.

Choose from compact disc (cd ) storage, Digital video disc ( DVD ) storage portable storage and hard drive storage ( both internal and external )offers you goos digital photography storage. Compact discs are mass produced are plentiful and inexpensive. They do a good job of storing your digital files,important note – please,please,please burn yourself at least 2 copies before deleting them from your PC hard drive…..accidents can happen, accidents will happen, I’ve been there, done that…and it hurts.

Compact discs are fragile little things, they can break easily, smudge with fingertip oils, and collect dust quickly if you let them, causing them to be unreadable……meaning you can’t use that file or files to edit or print.

The life expectancy of CD’s are said to be 10 to 15 years and some brands longer, while archival quality CD’s are quoted at 25 plus years, Cost of Cd’s are minimal and can be purchased in small quantities for roughly $1.50 each or less.

By choosing a CD as your digital photography storage, you will be able to save approximately 700mb worth of data – 300 high quality files. Digital Video discs are a newer type of medium and also mass produced and plentiful, at a slightly higher cost. As with CD’s, please,please burn yourself at least 2 copies.

Dvd discs are also fragile items like their CD counterparts, be sure to treat them with kid gloves..keep them out of direct sunlight, secure in their jewel case and free from fingerprints.

Digital Photography Storage   How to Tips for safe storage

The life expectancy of dvD’s are said to be 10 to 15 years and some brands longer, while archival quality CD’s are quoted at 25 plus years. As technology speeds forward, newer types of storage will be introduced to us, take the time to update your files to newer mediums.

Dvd’s can hold a lot more data than CD’s. You can look forward to storing roughly 4.5gb ( giga bits ) of data….up to 6 times more than a compact disc. Cost of dvd’s are minimal and can be purchased in small quantities for roughly $1.75 each or less

Dvd’s for digital photography storage offers you the chance to store large amounts of data inexpensively. External drives can hold an entire library of work depending on the size of drive…yes, size does matter !

Starting with the smallest type of external storage is the jump drive or USB drive.

This newer type of technology allows this cigarette lighter sized unit to plug directly into your USB port of your computer to upload or store information.

On a recent trip to the store, I discovered USB drives in 250mb, 500mb,1gb, 2gb, and even 4gb capacities.

These units are handy for burning a few images onto, running to your favorite kiosk and uploading the files through their USB port….a portable storage device so small, it fits in your shirt pocket or purse.

The cost of these little storage wizards are inexpensive when you factor in convenience, ease or portability and is very user friendly. Looks at spending anywhere from $10 for the 250mb drive to $89 for the 8gb unit ( these prices will surely fall as larger models are unleashed to the consumer )

In terms of your overall digital photography storage, consider this a fast and easy bridge between CD’s and DVd’s that allows you to take selected files with you without burning a copy to take to the store….remember though, treat them with soft hands, if dropped once or more they may be unreadable….perish the thought ! Finally, the grand daddy of them all…..the external drive in 125gb, 250gb and 500gb storage vaults.

These storage sizes are getting really giddy with each new increased amount……I saw one unit quoted at a 1 -TB ( Tera Byte )

The gigantic sizes of these drives allows for you to catalog an entire library of files…..the 125 gb model alone would contain approximately 30,000 high quality pictures……..30,000 !

Just as a side note, I have a 250gb drive that is quite full and needs a second sibling.

External drives are expensive in terms of iniital outlay, but if you can manage it, get 2 ( 1 as a backup ) and you would save on burning multiple copies of cd’s or dvd’s while using your USB drive to shuttle images to your photo finisher.

Expect the 125gb models to run around $75.00 and the 500gb model to be in the ballpark of $249.00 ( these prices will also fall further as larger stroage devices are created and mass produced.

Life expectancy is much longer with external drives, and while not as flimsy as dvd’s and CD’s, please keep them from common sense hot spots and heavy traffic areas.

Large external drives are excellent sources for photographers to safely keep large libraries of images -an excellent source of vitamin C…..I mean digital photography storage. Follow safe guidelines of digital photography storage for your prints as well.

An album is an easy way to help protect your prints and makes for easy viewing for guests.

Use archival safe page protectors in your albums ( available at most Staples, office depot and retail camera shops. ) The properties of these archival pages will help to keep your images safer.

There is something special about a photograph proudly mounted on a wall in your home.

Besides the fact that you took the picture, you took the time to mount it to a special surface and then elegantly framed it for all to see.

Having your lab mount your image to masonite or stretched onto an artists canvas board gives extra punch to the final product. Both masonite and canvas will need to avoid direct sunlight and be out of reach of little chocolate covered fingers that want to ” just touch it ” Direct sunlight will seriously reduce the colors over time damaging your beautiful work, and I don’t have to tell you what chocolate covered fingers would do to canvas.

At the end of the day, the type of measures you decide to take, will heavily impact the life span of your files and photographs….make digital photography storage a top priority, remember, the files are your digital negatives.