This is part one of a two part post on backing up your photos and having them properly printed. This is something that I believe is hugely important and often forgotten about until it is too late.

Have you ever experienced the frustration when you go to turn on your computer and it just won’t start? Have you ever been on your computer, whether working on something or just going about your business, when it suddenly crashes for no apparent reason?

I have experienced both of these and once the initial irritation subsided, I’d get that panicky feeling…”What if it doesn’t turn back on?” This then would lead to a series of thoughts as to everything that was on my computer and that I needed and hadn’t backed up…I have definitely had my moments where that sick, sinking feeling settled into the pit of my stomach at the thought of losing all my photos.

I grew up taking photos on film cameras from a young age. Every time my roll of film was finished and I wanted to see my photos, my mom or dad would take me to a nearby photo lab to drop off my film to be developed. A day or so later we would go back and pick up my prints and I’d get to see them for the first time and they would promptly go into a photo album. Because the only way to see my photos was by having them printed and because I had the negatives, I never lost pictures! Here’s the important part: When our photos are only digital files on our computers, we risk losing them permanently if our computers ever crash or are stolen and so forth.

Since digital cameras became mainstream and fairly affordable for everyone, more photos are taken quickly and with less thought…photos that may not have been taken if one was using a roll of film that only had room for 24 photos to be taken. Once the memory card is full, the photos are uploaded on to a computer and besides occasionally looking through them or posting some on social media, for the most part, they just sit there…and sit there…and sit there. We take them for granted, don’t we? Even if you back up your photos, that may not be enough.  I had an external backup drive that got corrupted somehow and only just managed to get my photos off of it before it was completely unusable (I now have several backups in place).

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone! It can be overwhelming to even think about backing up our computers with all the different options out there. Getting prints done can also be overwhelming since not every photo taken works well with certain sizes and crops and of course there’s the whole issue of print resolution, dpi, and so on. It is definitely a lot to think about. The next post will go into more detail about backing up our computers (especially photos) and preserving our memories by having our best photos printed, whether in an album or as art for your wall. Stay tuned!

P.S. And just because I can, here you go: