Our generation generally takes photographs to share with our friends and family. The idea that images will survive beyond our lifetime typically slips our minds.
Images being printed has drastically decreased with the emergence of social media, and as digital storage technology increases. The thing is, future generations of your family will lose your iCloud password. And your digital storage devices will fail over time.
Enter cloud storage. It is so important, because it offers an alternative to the risk of hard drive storage failure. The more places you have your family photos stored, the less likely you are to lose them. Google Drive and Dropbox both offer cloud-based storage, including free and paid plans. I prefer Dropbox over Google Drive in nearly every aspect, but Google Drive is a good option to try out because the free version has some of the same features of Dropbox and includes 15GB of storage.
Both systems have some handy features, including being able to view your images on all devices including your phone. This is great when you are with friends and want to show them your latest family shots. Another nice feature is being able to send a link to photos in an email, rather than having to attach large files and risk your email bouncing back.
Finally, regardless of which system you use, try to name files and folders with important information such as date, location and people, so that others who need to access your images don’t have to guess what is in the folders. Continue capturing those precious family moments and store them carefully so that they can be shared with your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and generations beyond.
Stephen Nutt is a Digital Media Officer at Cairns Catholic Education