One of the most neglected features of cloud backups that people overlook is backing up your pictures. Consider this: you go to a birthday party, awards dinner or vacation and take a lot of pictures, either on a camera or your mobile phone. You might upload a few to Facebook or Instagram. But the bulk of the pictures sit there taking up space, not getting viewed. You forget about them until your camera or phone gets stolen or gets damaged. And then you realize that you cannot get to your photographs. They are gone.
Even though you had months to backup your photographs, you never got around to doing it and now it is too late. This is sad.
It is sad because it is very easy to backup photographs. This is not a sophisticated process nor a cerebral one. It requires discipline to copy your photos off after the event and storing them in a place that will get backed up to the cloud. It could be a large terabyte hard drive. That’s a good first step of backing up of getting the images off the device. At some point, the camera will fill up with pictures, so it is best to keep it close to empty.
Once you move the pictures to the hard drive, start up your online cloud backup software. If you do not have any programs, get yourself a Carbonite offer code, which gives you a great discount on great backup software. The Carbonite software installs easily, quickly and painlessly. In just a few minutes, you will be backing up all of your pictures to the cloud.
Once you have the program all configured, you can forget about it. Just copy your pictures to a particular folder on your computer and Carbonite does the rest. It will detect new photographs and copy only those that have not been backed up. You now have a second copy of your pictures.
This second copy is important for several reasons.
First, you can retrieve these pictures from any computer. Just login to your Carbonite account and start the retrieval process.
Second, you will always have a copy of the pictures. You could lose your computer, your camera and your external hard drive and you could still get the pictures back. A storm or fire could wipe you out but since you stored the pictures off-site on Carbonite’s computers, you can always get them back.
If only the rest of our possessions were like that.
So now you have peace of mind that one part of your priceless memories are permanently backed up and retrievable on demand. There is no way to replace your photographs once they are gone. There is no way to go back and reshoot them. Physical objects can be replaced, perhaps at great cost, but pictures of loved ones cannot.
You should get into the habit of regular backups. The ideal is as soon as you complete your photography. Every minute that goes by is another minute of risk. Don’t wait another minute to start backing up.