Archiving your photos the proper way

Archiving your photos the proper way
Digital photographs is now part of our everyday living especially those so called selfie addicts. And it’s not just pictures but videos as well. Using the phone camera or the digital camera, we take pictures and videos, upload them, then archive. The last step is usually forgotten until the SD card of the phone or camera gets corrupted. Lesson learned – archive your shots in your computer or in a separate storage. And the proper way of archiving is by using the date as the file name plus a description. An example is a folder named 2017-07-04 Independence Day celeb. It is self-explanatory with the contents. So when you are searching for a particular picture or video then it is easier to scan by just looking at the file names.


Yes, it is a common mistake for smartphone and digital camera users to simply forgot to transfer the memorable photos to somewhere safer. I have recent took photos of my niece wedding, transfer them into my laptop hard drive. I created a new folder, rename it. Then transfer every photo I took, including the videos into the folder. It is best if I could burn the photos into DVD or make a backup copy in the external drive. Might do that later. Just cannot trust one storage, make it two - safer.
Posted by peachpurple on 08-20-2017
I think its something that we all must do in order to save our precious pictures. I really miss the time of the nineties where people used to have a reel to take photos and one can take only 50 to 100 of them. As a matter of fact, there was originality in those pics, no one wasted them, either got themselves into frames or Photo album. We all should ponder upon this, take meaningful pictures and save the most important ones while deleting the junk.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 08-20-2017
I totally agree sir! It's not a big thing to save your precious memory within a picture twice or two ways rather than letting it fade as time pass by. Kudos to your suggestion!
Posted by Vastor122 on 08-20-2017
Yes everything should be store in proper storage and archive that forget everything in your phone till you forget. I save mine on my laptop and also a backup in my hardisk. Honestly i choose some of my photos, print it out and arrange it in my photo album. Old school maybe but i love to treasure those moment and look at it everytime i want to. :)
Posted by zheh on 08-20-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Agreed! In fact, I archive generally all my digital media taken from my smartphone, camera, or tablet. What I've come to notice is that all the media taken over time can become cluttered. So it's hard to sort so many good memories once your SD card is filled. So it's best to archive as you go so you don't have to spend an entire Sunday sorting a mess. Personally, I've had two memory cards to become corrupt. Luckily I had taken the time to archive and backup both SD cards, so nothing was lost.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-20-2017
Well, I have the bad habit of constantly taking photos, so I occasionally upload them on my PC, it's definitely worth it to save your photos every month or so, especially if they are important to you. It's not that often that your card or drive is going to corrupt, but if you have bad habits you can fill the space quite easily.
Posted by manmad on 08-20-2017
You are right, I always archive my shots in my computer. I must admit that my PC is not safe either, I have lost some photos because my hard disk died. After this happened to me, I learned my lesson and after a small while I store my digital pictures on a CD, or in some cases I just order the release of my photos on paper from a local photo shop. I haven't lost any picture since 2007.
Posted by wallet on 08-20-2017
One of my memory cards got corrupted and it's been months since I have been looking for ways to retrieve those photos from this SD card. I have downloaded countless programs but none of them seem to work. Unfortunately, I never saved any of those photos on my computer and this is something which I deeply regret. I have learnt from this and now I transfer my photos to my computer every now and then. I also created different folders with different labeling on my computer to save my photos.
Posted by Pixie on 08-20-2017
This is very good advice. We are so used to having everything on our phones or SD that we won't realize we could lose everything in a few seconds. A couple of years ago my SD got corrupted and I lost around 3000 pictures. They were very important pictures to me and you can't even imagine how I felt. Luckily, I was able to use a program which allowed me to recover almost all of them, but since then I have learned my lesson. I will backup everything on my pc.
Posted by Tania997 on 08-20-2017
Very good advice, but this what i have been doing for a long time now, you ,you know they say experience is the best teacher, experience really taught me well, after my SD card got corrupted and i lost all my memes and graphic,cartooned pictures, which i use mostly in work. that was when i learned to start backing up my files on my laptop. Till one fateful day, my laptop got stolen and that hit me real hard like an asteroid, which made experienced a black out for like two days, because the laptop has my files,projects and etc. although i later recovered it, but i immediately started backing up my files on cloud.
Posted by Authord on 08-20-2017
Currently, I have 17 GB photos on my external hard drive, however, if I have to look at a particular photo, it will take hours to find it. That's because I have not archived my photos photo properly. I archive acording to date, however, if you don't remember the date, it is very difficult to find the right photo. I have also tried archiving according to a category, which is better than archiving according to date.
Posted by vinaya on 08-20-2017
Personally, I like to upload all my important file to google drive. Not only pictures but also documents and articles that I write are stored there. I know storage is limited but I don't have all that much data to store anyway so It's safer and cheaper that way.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-20-2017
I usually don't actually have any pictures worth saving :(. I usually have pictures on my phone for no longer than 3 weeks and then delete them. For the videos and pictures that do make it past that time period, I have a network set up in my house connected to a server that I keep all my files and media stored on. I also don't use SD cards since they tend to be very fickle when it comes to working so I use hard drives and flash drives (which can also be pretty shitty).
Posted by AlexHarris on 08-21-2017
I love to store photos on drive. Like Google drive or Dropbox or One drive or in Picasa. The best way is picasa because that automatically collect the new photos every time from laptop several disk spaces and store on a row based or on a serial based which are easy for the future time to collect.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 08-21-2017
This is sound advice! Most things in life can be replaced, even if it is painful to do so. But pictures are moments in time that will never come again. They are as precious as a thing can be, really, and should be treated with care to make sure they are preserved. I would go the extra mile and suggest people make use of Google's free 15 gig online drive to store their important photos in a secondary location. Hard drives are the most likely component to fail in your PC so having multiple archives is important.
Posted by JaiGuru on 08-21-2017
I am making use of the google drive. And this way I am sorting my phone camera images. Per month or the year basis sorting. This way I can keep track of the images. That does work out to some extent if you ask me. And in some cases it can be good enough to sync the phone with the images from the archive. You can see that it can surely work out on many points there as well.
Posted by overcast on 08-21-2017
Even if you're storing things on a hard drive, it wouldn't hurt have a backup of your backup, either. Especially if the photos and videos are particularly precious to you. I have several terabytes of videos backed up because of all the video jobs I do, and I've a hard drive or two die on me in the past. The first time this happened, it was when I had a client asking if I could find them a video clip from their wedding to send to them. It really hurt for me to tell them that my hard drive had died and I could no longer access any of the files on it. I took it to several places to see how much of the data on it I could salvage, but they said aside from taking it to a specialist who would essentially rebuild the entire hard drive to make accessible, there was nothing they could do.
Posted by TheArticulate on 08-21-2017
I certainly agree with this,It is better to have multiple storage for the pictures and videos than loose aprecious moment by the malfunction of an SD card.Google drive and other cloud storages are also very good options too.
Posted by yemzy on 08-21-2017
rose thornes
The photos and videos are the one that can take you back to the past and to the memorable moment of your life. This is a good tips on how to save your photos and videos. I'm a kind of person that just took the pictures and just save it in laptop without making a folder and putting file name on it so when I need too look for certain photos I need to scan it one at a time. This also remind me to backup my photos.
Posted by rose thornes on 08-21-2017
I usually file my photos in separate folders and named according to the occasion. Example: Photos of the Notal 2016. Within these folders I name the files on dates, for example: 12-15-2016. Usually I try to use an external Hd to save my photos or leave them saved in the cloud using Dropbox or Google Drive.
Posted by hermessantos on 08-21-2017
I print out most of my photos,especially the vacation photos and stored them away in a photo album for posterity but if I don't waant them that way ,I simply upload them on my different social media account.This is not necesarily to show-off but to keep them in archive and that is it.
Posted by lovely on 08-21-2017
But if the hard drive or separate storage is corrupted or gone, we wouldn't still learn our lesson since it's always inevitable and sometimes it's unavoidable when those things would just happen. If you bought a really good expensive storage device since you thought it would really serve it's purpose for the years to come but it just got broke or corrupted after a few months of having it, then there's really nothing we can do about it. The best way is to store them on cloud storage or social medias or your emails. Nuff said.
Posted by galegatling on 08-21-2017
Usually I don't save my pictures on my laptop but I know I should do this. SD cards can have errors out of nowhere and for no reason apparently so it can cost you losing your files so I agree that people should save them in different types of storage to save yourself some annoying troubles in case something happens to your phone or your SD memory card.
Posted by felabruno on 08-23-2017
you are so right beside the computer, you can also archive your media on google drive so this way wherever you go if you have access to the internet you can watch your videos and photos online even if it is not on your computer. Also, you can use iCloud which is a tool for those people who have Apple's products like iPhones, iPad, and MacBooks.
Posted by pizzalover on 08-25-2017
A good situation for this problem, especially if you're using an actual camera, is uploading all pictures to your computer, copying them to a thumb drive, and deleting the files on your computer. This not only backs up your photos and images, but it frees up space on your computer, camera, or phone. Though a lot of people think of thumb drives as outdated, I still believe that they are the safest, and most self-reliant way to protect your images.

Another option is the internet backup drives. This includes programs like Google Drive, and Dropbox. I no longer use Dropbox, just because I have enough space available on Google Drive and my thumb drives. I did have experience with Dropbox back in grade school, and it works just like Google Drive. I like to use Google Drive as a place to keep my writing, and data for my online college work. It's easy because most professors use this program and are fine with you turning things in this way, as opposed to turning them in through the school's sub-par text blocks.
Posted by Massey_Stephen_K on 08-26-2017
Well nowadays you could setup your device to archive automatically so that you don't have to worry about that later and at a time when it is inconvenient. Everything compels some sort of automation now so the backup concept is almost fool proof. I suggest take some time to assess the various cloud options and sign up for one of them and try them out before the next incident warrants you to do so by force.
Posted by Joteque on 09-26-2017
I agree but usually most don't have time to do it. Old photos was just remembered when someone died and they want to see photos of them while they were still alive. Though it would really take time to archive old photos and videos because it's not digital years ago.
Posted by Scarlet on 01-19-2018
I'm one lazy bum when it comes to archiving my photos with a file name that directly suggests the kind of pictures that are in the folder. I don't have the patience to do such things, I just snap and snap, allowing all the pictures to save as it please. The only thing I can do to make finding the pictures very easily is to arrange it according to time it was snapped.
Posted by Emmaz on 03-11-2018
You are like some of my colleagues who never bothered to save their pictures to storage for archiving. When I was new to the smart phone, I regularly take pictures using my phone. Just like that. But when my phone started acting up that some pictures were corrupted, that got me thinking. That was a neat lesson to me because I want my pictures to be preserved.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-08-2018
Even just labeling the folders by year already helps a lot so it really is best when you can do that. Although to be honest after a while it might get tiring to name specific pictures so folders can be very helpful and as for the dates thankfully cloud backups usually are able to label those automatically. I think you would need to be extra careful with your labels mostly if it's more than just family pictures you are dealing with.
Posted by Wubwub on 10-08-2018
I think there is space in the market, for a storage device that is incorruptible. I have a big problem with storage. For your photos to be safe you need to store them on multiple devices. And you need to keep storing them incase one or more of those devices are corrupted. Another way to store your photos is store them on a cloud. However it can be hacked and corrupted, and you can loose your photos. Also remember that you need to pay for a cloud to have more then 15GB. This is an area that needs more innovation.
Posted by jaymish on 11-08-2018