How do you back up and preserve your digital files?
Once your photographer hands you a disc or emails a copy of your portrait to you, you have the responsibility to back it up and preserve it. We suggest to immediately make a copy of it to another external drive as well as storing it online. We do not know how long CD’s and DVD’s will be available and they can scratch easily. Technology changes so rapidly, that we can’t honestly predict a grand place to store your portraits. When looking for a place to store it online, look for something easy that has a name that has been around for a long time. I am using the Amazon s3 option that is free until you hit 1T of space (pretty large, even by my standards).
The next step is to print a physical copy of the portrait and store it in an archival place. They sell many different boxes that will keep your portrait for a very long time. Make sure you have it dated and easily organized. You might also make another copy to store off site.
When you decide to invest in digital files with us, we give you a suggested online consumer photo printing web site to use. We do not suggest any local chain stores to print your portraits. You can print the same portrait with them 20 times and get 20 different color outputs even within the same run.
Next week : Why does it take so long?